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Christie Champaign: “My Mission is to Connect As Many of You As I Can to Someone that Can Help.”

This week’s Black Girl Health Partner Spotlight goes to Ms. Christie Champaign. Back in 2008, Christie was dealing with unexplained health issues that were impacting her quality of life. She was the classic case of “sick and tired of being sick and tired,” and decided that it was time to reclaim her health and wellbeing. Through her journey of healing her body naturally, she created Your Health Connect. This movement is all about connecting people with the resources they need to live their best lives. If you are looking for better health, and don’t know where to turn, it’s time to connect with Your Health Connect. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIk8CRo5WW4&feature=youtu.be[/embed] "One day, I got out of bed to get ready for work and I looked in the mirror...

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The Pros and Cons of Kombucha!

If you follow popular health trends, you have probably heard of this popular drink called Kombucha.  Like many health fads, people rave about the various health benefits of Kombucha but is Kombucha truly the all-powerful healing drink that people make it out to be? To start, what even is Kombucha? In short, Kombucha is simply a fermented green or black tea that is combined with various ingredients such as sugar, yeast and bacteria. (Yes, you read that correctly, bacteria).  We figured out what it is, but why do people drink it? Many individuals claim that drinking Kombucha can: improved digestion, increase metabolism, build immunity, improve liver function, increase heart health and more.   Based on the research, Kombucha can contain some of these properties but it truly depends on...

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Black Girl Health Highlights: Sherrell Moore-Tucker, MindBody Faith

For this highlight, we will be spotlighting our partner Sherrell Moore-Tucker, who is the Managing Partner for SAGE holistic center and the Founder of MindBody Faith, which is a mindful management and consulting company.  She is also a speaker, author, yoga, and meditation teacher. In addition to her already long list of qualifications, she is a trauma-informed wellness educator who specializes in leadership and holistic stress management. Since 2010, she has been educating communities and businesses about various forms of yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques for addressing stress, social and health-related trauma, as a form of self-care. As an iRest® Level 1 Meditation Teacher, Moore-Tucker specializes and studies include Somatic movement, Holy Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa flow-style yoga, Yin yoga, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Restorative Yoga for...

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National Women’s Health Week!

Did you know that it was National Women’s Health Week? Oh you didn’t? Well it was National Women’s Health Week! This starts every year right after Mother’s Day. This week is used to remind women to take their health into their own hands and make becoming healthier a priority. What are some ways that we, as women, can live healthier lifestyles? One way is trying to eat clean. Eating clean is eating more whole and natural foods and limiting the amount of processed foods from our diet. So many people think clean eating is like eating like a rabbit but in truth, clean eating can be just as satisfying and more beneficial than eating processed foods. Another way is to start enjoying your exercise. Some people...

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National Walnut day + 7 recipes you should try!

Hey sis! I hope all is well for you on this fine Thursday! So if you didn’t know, today is National Walnut day ( it is okay if you didn't, I didn't either until a week ago). In addition to that, if you weren’t aware walnuts have a lot of healthy benefits to eating them. They range from assisting with heart health all the way down to helping with weight management. So with all of those benefits why should they have a day? So in honor of national walnut day I am bringing you 7 fun recipes that I think you should try. Walnut chicken - Okay so is basically chicken with a walnut breading. But this is an excellent alternative to friend. As an addendum...

5 Immune Boosting Foods & Recipe Ideas | HIV Awareness

Hey sis! I hope things in your life are going well and manifesting into a life you love. When we talk about life we always talk about quantity over quality. No, I can't blame anyone for wanting to live a long time but how are you living during those years? Anyone struggling with a chronic illness or infection like HIV can easily get caught up in the quantity over quality mindset. So today I thought that we could talk about some immune boosting foods that can help your body in its fight, and potentially help improve the quality of your life and the quantity at the same time. Everyone knows that Vitamin C is very important to your immune health, but there are more ways to...

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Vegetarian Pros and Cons!

We’ve talked about the pros and cons of the vegan diet, but now we need to talk about the pros and cons of the vegetarian diet. The vegetarian diet is one where meat is not consumed. The difference between this diet and the vegan diet, as we talked about before, is that in the vegetarian diet animal products are still consumed. Here are some pros and cons: Pros Weight-loss The vegetarian diet is low in fat and high in fiber which are very good components for weight loss. It can also be a beneficial diet for maintaining weight. Complete Nutrition When well planned out, vegetarian meals can contain all essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins. This is extremely beneficial and debunks the idea that becoming vegetarian automatically lowers...

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Psychological Hurdles preventing weight loss + 5 tips to beat them!

Hey sis! I hope that things are going well in your life, and that with it being halfway through the year, you are halfway to your goals. Even if you are not, it is never too late to start. One of the toughest things about making a lifestyle change, when it comes to dieting and weight loss especially, is the psychological part. I mean, just think about it, who doesn’t know that they are supposed to eat vegetables (besides your standard 2 year old of course)? So there has to be something else at play here, and that something else is psychological hurdles. What are Psychological hurdles? Okay, I see you, asking all the right questions. Psychological hurdles are the non physical factors that are stopping you...

Counting Calories, the best diet choice for people with HIV?

Hey sis! You are a rainbow in a sky full of grey, and I just thought it was important that you know that today. So one of the most archaic ways to control weight loss is calorie counting. Calorie counting was the thing to do before fad diets came along, and personally, calorie counting is my favorite way to control my weight and the easiest way for me to do so. Instead of special diets, depriving yourself, and/or spending extra hours in the kitchen, simply eating a little less than you normally would could be all you need to do to lose weight. So how many calories should I be eating? Well it depends. In a lot of cases your doctor will give you a nutritional diet...

Vegan Diet Pros and Cons!

The vegan diet is very similar to the vegetarian diet which cuts out eating meat. The difference, however, is that the vegan diet completely eliminates animal products from the person’s consumption. Here are some pros and cons for the vegan diet to help you decide what is best for: Pros Potentially Improved Health Because the vegan diet completely eliminates animal products from consumption, this diet is cholesterol free and low in saturated fat. This could lead to lower cholesterol as well as lower blood pressure. Increased Self-Control This diet definitely promotes self-control. Having to look at ingredients or ask questions about how things are cooked, completely giving up certain foods, and so much more all take extreme self-control. This diet helps increase that self-control. Cons Abrupt Change With absolutely no...

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