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Author: Valerie Pogue

What’s Your Type?

"What’s your type?" is such a loaded question. Some people might think it has to do with the qualities you are looking for in a partner. Others might think it’s in reference to blood type. For the purposes of this conversation, your “type” is all about blood sugar health. Growing up, I often heard about relatives and family friends who had “the sugar”. I was too young to question what exactly that meant, but you can imagine my surprise when I found out that was the household name for diabetes. Simply stated, diabetes is your body’s inability to regulate blood sugar levels, so the nickname actually makes perfect sense. My first exposure to diabetes was through my maternal grandmother. She was diagnosed in her 30s, somewhere...

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A Novel Concept

I’m still trying to process how the guidance went from basic germ prevention practices and stay at home when you’re feeling ill TO mandatory social distancing and stay-at-home orders. 2020 hasn’t exactly been a red-letter year, but I never imagined that a global pandemic would be on the docket for the new decade. The first few weeks of quarantine were pretty good. I was given the opportunity to telework. My commute was completely eliminated. And, all dress code restrictions had been lifted. My gas tank and my bank account were nowhere near empty. I was cooking more, and eating out less. As a self-proclaimed germaphobe, I welcomed the idea of being “safe-at-home”. I enjoyed my remote life and all of the perks that came with it....

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Time to Morph with Lauren Keir Wellness

Our BGH Partner spotlight is shining bright on Dr. Lauren Keir Simmons, EdD. Dr. Simmons is a New Orleans native who moved to DC at age 19 to attend Howard University. She has an undergraduate degree in Human Growth and Development, a Masters in Counseling Psychology, and an EdD in Child, Youth & Adolescence from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Lauren is no stranger to academic or professional success and is constantly excelling in all endeavors. So a certain level of stress is expected when you have that kind of drive. But when her physical health started to change, she knew something wasn’t quite right. Dr. Simmons started experiencing severe migraines, blood pressure spikes, and unexplained and uncontrolled weight gain. Lifestyle changes and working with her health...

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How Her Battle with an Autoimmune Disorder Pushed Her to Become a Powerhouse – Meet Lauren Wells

Have you ever received a diagnosis that you weren’t sure how to tackle?  Have you experienced health issues that impacted your outer appearance and overall self-esteem?  Have you lost your spark and felt drained emotionally, physically, and spiritually?  At one point, Lauren Wells responded to say ‘yes’ to all of the above. She was suffering from an autoimmune disorder and had constant battles with her health. Fitness and wellness were here saving graces during some of the darkest moments of her life. Over the past 7 years, she has coupled her journey with extensive study in holistic health to assist Black women on their journey to achieve optimal health and longevity.  Lauren, or LC, is the CEO & Founder of LC Fits You!  She provides holistic and realistic...

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Often Imitated, Never Duplicated

Women, we are one of God’s most precious creations. The world as we know it would not exist without us. The ability to build a nation rests within our wombs. We are the health of our households. We continue to break glass ceilings. We dominate boardrooms. We have enough multitasking abilities to take care of home and community. We are setting trends and blazing trails in every field imaginable. There’s not one piece of history that hasn’t been blessed by our presence. Now, compound all of this with being Black, and you have achieved greatness! But no matter how dope we are, our value is often downplayed, if acknowledged at all. Black women are labeled as aggressive, angry, attitudinal, and standoffish. Some very unattractive words for...

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The Feminine Touch with Anna J. Lewis

Our BGH Member spotlight shines bright on Mrs. Anna J. Lewis.  Anna is a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a grandmother, a minister, and a women’s health advocate.  Anna knows that finding safe and effective feminine hygiene products is not always an easy feat.  You have to consider the fit, the level of protection, and whether or not the products are made from ingredients that may or may not impact your health and wellbeing.  Instead of sifting through the current options, Anna decided to do her part to revolutionize menstrual health. As a proud Ambassador for the Jewel Sanitary Napkins “Justice for my Jewel Campaign,” Anna helps to educate young women and girls about making healthier, more informed decisions when it comes to their...

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Gone Viral

It’s on every channel, in every newspaper, all over the Internet, and the topic of several memes on social media. It’s become a public health emergency and a possible pandemic. It’s the cause for travel fears, and empty store aisles that usually contain facial masks, hand sanitizer, Lysol, and bleach. By now, you've figured out that the culprit I’m referring to is the Coronavirus. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to being unnerved at how quickly this disease has gone viral. But what concerns me more is the fact that we are still very reactive when it comes to our health and well-being. Colds, influenza, and other viruses have been in existence since the beginning of time. That’s not to make light of their impact,...

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Above All Else, Guard Your Heart

If you’ve ever been to a doctor’s office, it’s safe to say that you’ve had your blood pressure taken. You may not have understood what the numbers meant, or even asked what the numbers were, but I’m certain you knew that those numbers were significant to your overall health and wellbeing. As the daughter of two hypertensive (high blood pressure) parents, with countless relatives who are also hypertensive and/or have cardiovascular issues, I am at an increased risk for developing high blood pressure. I have managed to maintain a healthy blood pressure, but it’s not without effort. Since the only jeans I control are the ones I purchase in the store, I am very diligent about making sure that I know my numbers. Not only do...

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Limit Financial Stress in 2020

According to a study shared on Inc., financial stress can directly relate to your health. Two of the most common effects of financial stress are depression and anxiety—which can seriously disrupt your mental health. While some amount of stress can be good for you, constant stress is definitely not. Okay, so you know financial stress is not fun. It might keep you up late at night or lead to another common cold. But there are ways to manage and eliminate financial stress without feeling overwhelmed. Consider these tips to limit your financial stressors and improve your mental health in the new year.   Create A Budget One of the first things that you should do when trying to alleviate financial stress is to create a budget. This task...

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How One Woman Created Cooking Oils That Can Impact Your Health

This week’s BGH Partner Spotlight is shining on Ms. Jenifer Guinn, MSc., CEO of Vidaluxlook.  A true renaissance woman, Ms. Guinn is an advocate for low income families in Washington DC, a mom, and an entrepreneur.  She has always been a girl-boss, so it was no surprise when she stepped out on faith to create her own business. Her journey towards holistic health began in 2016 when she was diagnosed with depression and Social Anxiety Disorder. She discovered that using herbal-infused oils allowed her to heal from the inside out without having to rely on prescription medications. It was at this point she knew she was on to something big.  That something big was Vidaluxlook. When asked how her product could be used to help black...

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