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Exercise Myths for Women!

Myths are a tricky thing. One person can say it and overtime people believe them to be fact. Myths have made their way into health and exercise so it’s time we debunk a few of them. Myths: All Cardio Is The Best Way To Go: Cardio is great, but it is not the only exercise we need. Putting in more time doing cardio helps you burn more calories and create a calorie deficit, however, you need to build lean muscle as well. Strictly cardio is not the way to go but cardio and strength training is.Strength Training Will Make Me Look Like A Man: Sweetie, no. Women don’t have as much testosterone as men which makes it pretty difficult for women to bulk up. Strength training, although...

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Pros and Cons of a Pescatarian Diet!

Have you ever heard of the pescatarian diet? This diet is one where you do not eat any meat but eat seafood. Here are a couple pros and cons of the diet. Pros: Weight Loss! With the pescatarian diet, it can be much easier to intake less calories and many develop fewer cravings. In the end, it may be easier to develop restraint which in the end could help you lose a significant amount of weight.Broad Options! Although it may seem like you can’t eat anything anymore, there are still so many options you have. Seafood is broad, from different kinds of fish to shrimp and calamari. Not only this, but you can eat everything you normally do except for meat. Cons: Expensive! Living the pescatarian lifestyle can...

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National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!

National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day takes place every year on April 10 in order to educate the public about HIV and AIDS and its impact on young people. As we’ve discussed before, HIV is the virus that causes HIV infection. It stands for human immunodeficiency virus AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection. HIV is spread through contact with the blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, or breast milk of a person with HIV. HIV is spread predominantly by having anal or vaginal sex or sharing injection drug equipment, such as needles, with a person who has HIV. National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day aims to highlight the lengths the youth are doing to respond to the epidemic. In the United States,...

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5 Misconceptions About Natural Hair!!

Oil Gives Your Hair Moisture: This is a big conception. There are all kinds of moisturizers you can purchase from a store that will leave your hair well moisturized, but the best moisturizer is water. Make sure that if you choose to purchase a moisturizer is has water as its first or second ingredient. Oil then seals in that moisture, but oil is not a moisturizer.You Don’t Need to Wash Your Hair: This couldn’t be further from the truth! Our natural hair needs to be cleansed. It is true that, for some of us, we don’t need to wash our hair every single day and can wait a little longer without washing our natural hair, but we still need to. Depending on a person’s type...

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Exercise and Weight Loss for Women!!!

When it comes to losing weight a lot of women feel hopeless! We already know: drink lots of water and change your diet. Weight loss comes when you burn more calories than you eat, entering into a calorie deficit. Although this is true, we have a lot of wrong ideas or misconceptions about how to lose weight and what is the best way to do it. Cardio is an important part of the exercise portion of losing weight, but it is not the only way to lose weight. There are some common mistakes that we do that keep us from losing the weight we need to. One mistakes is doing too much cardio. Doing more cardio than strength training or doing too much cardio in general...

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It’s National Minority Health Month!!!

It’s National Minority Health Month!!! The point of National Minority Health Month is to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minority populations. 2015 marked the 100-year anniversary of the establishment of Negro Health Week by Booker T. Washington. This powerful Week brought about the month-long initiative we observe today. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, or NIMHD, organized the very first  “NIH Minority Health Promotion Day” on April 19, 2012, where they collaborated with other NIH Institutes and Centers, federal agencies, and academic and community organizations to honor National Minority Health Month. As women of color we are disproportionately affected when it comes to health issues and diseases. This makes it extremely important to educate ourselves. We...

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World Bipolar Day

Happy World Bipolar Day!!!!! World Bipolar Day is an initiative of the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder (ANBD), the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD). World Bipolar Day takes place every year on March 30 which pays homage to Vincent Van Gogh’s birthday because he was diagnosed, after his death, as probably having bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes unusual shift in a person’s mood, energy, activity levels and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.The point of World Bipolar Day is to bring awareness to the world about bipolar disorder and to eliminate social stigma surrounding bipolar disorders. Symptoms of bipolar disorder range between manic and depressive episodes. It is estimated that the global...

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How Intermittent Fasting Affects Women

Lately we’ve been talking a lot about Intermittent Fasting. We’ve talked about what it is and its benefits, so what is left to discuss? Women! You know we can’t talk about it without discussing how it affects us as women! When following traditional intermittent fasting, there are sometimes symptoms that some women deal with. Some of these include irregular periods, hormonal imbalances, and insomnia. Sometimes people in general confuse intermittent fasting with overly restricting food and calorie intake. A woman needs about 2,000 a day to maintain weight and 1,500 calories to lose a pound of weight a week. Intermittent fasting cuts down the amount of time you allow yourself to eat. Instead of eating as soon as you wake up in the morning until you...

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How Does Intermittent Fasting Affect Your Sleep?

Intermittent fasting! A health and weight loss technique many people use that has proven to be beneficial in a number of ways. One important thing to look at, however, is sleep. Sleep is an extremely important aspect of your life and health, so does intermittent fasting affect it? Paying attention to what we feed our bodies is an extremely important action we all need to take, but we seem to forget that the times in which we feed our bodies is extremely important as well. Stay hydrated, try eating a cleaner diet, and attempt to change your eating times. If intermittent fasting doesn’t seem to be for you, make sure you stop eating around 7 pm. This will give your body time to digest your food...

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Intermittent Fasting!

Diets. The trendy ones catch our eye and make us want to reap the same benefits and results of the before and after picture testimonials on tv or social media. We try them and grow extremely disappointed in the diet and false hope we were given. What about intermittent fasting? Intermittent fasting is a cyclical pattern of eating and fasting. This diet strays from telling the kinds of foods one should eat and gives those who act on this fasting the times in which they should eat. The 16/8 method involves restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, such as 1–9 p.m. Then you fast for 16 hours in between.This sounds like a long time to refrain from eating but generally this time is...

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