Happy Hump Day!
As we all know this month is all about, Women’s History Month. I am inspired to blog about health and wellness this month because it’s a very important issue.
Most of you know, I am a nurse of 10 years now and counting: I enjoy nursing but I mostly enjoy speaking about the issues that affect our communities. I often tell people about the time I had to give a patient almost 20 pills, yes you are reading that correctly, 20 pills. The patient was a mental health patient and I was assigned to his unit that day. I had never been assigned to the unit before that day, so that was my first time encountering with that particular patient.
I started to question if I wanted to be a nurse that day, because I truly couldn’t see myself harming a patient. I had only become a nurse to heal and help people, not hurt them. For the life of me, I couldn’t understand why this man had all that medicine. To be honest, the MD that would come visit, would only stay for 30 minutes. 30 minutes to see almost 30 patients. That did not make any sense to me at all.
I remember telling God, if he allowed me to get through the night, I would quit the next day. I wanted to quit at the very moment because I felt as if that would be on me. I couldn’t quit at that very moment because that would have made me abandon my other patients. I knew it wasn’t right, but I was following doctor’s orders. This man was a zombie in that building and I wasn’t serving no purpose of healing or helping by following orders.
The very next day I decided to quit. I asked God to forgive me, and I promised if I couldn’t help my patients, I definitely wouldn’t hurt any of them.
I’m telling this story, because a lot of people are so fixated on medication that someone prescribe them. Just because someone prescribes you something, doesn’t mean it will heal your body. That man was not being healed at all. He was a number and the system was using him every chance they got.
Black women are dying everyday due to doctors not being able to properly take care of the black woman. Black women are in top 5 of every disease category.
Why is it, that the only thing they emphasize so much, is taking medication? They tell you to diet and exercise but if you don’t understand how, would you. Many black women believe everything their doctor tell them, when in reality IT IS A BUSINESS. Yep the medical world is a business. Oh and let’s not talk about the pharmaceutical world! Black people pay more for medicine than any other ethic background in America(I know you not surprised at that right). America has never cared about the black community and that is why it’s so important for you to care about yourself. Ok enough of that part! Lol I can go on and on about how systematic this county is and has been for many years!
Heart Disease is the #1 cause of death in black women!
Next is Cancer!!!
Third is Diabetes!!!
I’m going to stop there! It’s more!
Let’s talk about that for a second. I will discuss things further as this month goes on.
Heart disease- most of our(because I’m a black woman) people eat so unhealthy! The source of our food is SEASONING AND TASTE! If something is not tasty for us or well seasoned, we don’t eat it. Pork is the hardest thing to be digested in your body, yet we consume it QUITE OFTEN! This alone causes your heart to work harder to digest the food with your digestive system. Ok wait let me explain this before we go any further. You have 3-4 main systems in your body that helps with your food process and why heart disease is being number 1.
Digestive Tract- breaks down everything you eat
Cardiovascular system- this includes your heart, your bloodstream(like veins),
The Urinary System- these are your kidneys.
I list these three things because it all has to do with how HEART DISEASE IS COMING ABOUT!
When you eat bad foods such as pork, it is hard to digest. Which means it makes your systems work harder. When any of your systems have to work hard, this puts the strain on each system. Basically you are tearing or wearing your systems out. Now think about that for a minute, anything you wear out in life no matter what it is, will either have to be replaced or basically stop working properly.
High Blood pressure is the leading cause of heart disease in African American Women. Here is why-
If your body can not properly digest something, then your food sits. If your food sits, you back up your digestive tract(do not have a regular bowel movement and maybe even constipation occurs)= straining, you are not urinating often which causes a build up(UTI, Pressure on your kidneys, and pressure on your heart(they work hand in hand), your heart has to pump faster which is why your pressure becomes high or higher. In doing all of this, your weight GOES UP! Anytime food sits and doesn’t metabolized (what happens?) – it turns into FAT!
So where as you think, you only will have high blood pressure, other things like, kidney failure will start to take a toll on you. And your digestive tract will then start to shut down.
This is why Cancer is the next thing.
We will continue this conversation next time.
I will get into why it’s important to eat healthy as well!
Here are some things you can add to your diet to help with your heart or shall I say what is good for the heart.
The entire BERRY FAMILY!!! Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are all very good for your heart. Try eating them first thing in the morning with a glass of water.
Proper diet, exercise and knowledge of family history would prevent many women from entering heart disease territory and would save many lives.
LET’S START TO CHANGE OUR DIET AND EXERCISE TO FIGHT THIS DISEASE!