Healthcare

Living Healthy For a Productive Life

BY QUEEN ERNEST

In commemoration of the World Food Day, “A healthy nation is a wealthy nation” is the mantra for this post.

While we are looking forward to eradicating poverty in Nigeria, let us look into one major root cause of poverty in our society -Fragility.

When people lack the strength and vigor to productively work, it will be almost impossible to make the big earnings.

Healthy living is a sideline goal for the average Nigerian ,our first agenda is to ‘hammer‘ leaving behind the necessity of our body’s input in the work for productivity , so we work and work and faint.

We rarely take a pause to take care of ourselves intentionally. We barely rest as we ought to because ‘work is calling’ regardless of the fact that work will not call a sick or dead man. 

Healthcare comes in diverse forms; one of which is mental health, but sadly, taking cognizance of our mental health is also not a big deal in Nigeria, so nobody pays attention to it. We rather visit prayer houses and anoint our head than seeing a therapist to seek medical help.

In addition to mental healthcare, physical health as it concerns our body nutrition is also vital. The food we take into our body matters a lot. We may not see the harm unhealthy eating habit can cause immediately, but in the long run, the consequences far outweighs the present ‘pleasure’.

Taking fruits and vegetables regularly does great good to our body than we know, but other than this an average Nigerian will rather stuff his stomach with a heap of rice (without adequate nutrition balance) or a bowl of eba because ‘African man suppose eat wella’ . A major myth.

We should replace junk food and ‘heavy’ eating with fruits and vegetables, for the future’s sake.

This is something we need to intentionally adhere to, because on the larger scale, buying junk and no-so-healthy food is cheaper than the buying healthy ones. For instance, it is cheaper and quicker to buy a sausage rolls and a carbonated drink on the street than to get fruits, veggies and ingredients for preparation of healthy meals.

We daily discard to keep our bargain of eating the ‘Balanced Diet’ that we were taught in Basic 2 Health Education. This is no longer the goal, we just want to eat to get filled and ‘not hungry’.

Just in case you need a reminder, the classes of food are ;

  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fats and oil
  • Fibre
  • Vitamins
  • Mineral salts
  • Water.

Study foods that consists of each of these basic elements of healthy nutrition and constantly combine them when you eat. It will do your body the good it deserves.

‘Eating healthy in Nigeria is expensive’ is a myth on a larger scale. Truly, you can’t get all the food you wish to get for a healthy diet if you are not buoyant enough, but a cut down on junk eating and adding the money to purchase a whole meal will be a better bet. It is all about being intentional with your health.

As a young person working towards engaging in policy making for your system, your health  is of paramount importance because you need to stay well and alive in order to make all the big changes you look forward to seeing.

 

Queen Ernest is a 200L Political Science student and can be reached via ernestkwyn@gmail.com

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