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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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How to Improve Your Health at Any Age

No matter what age you are, it’s always possible to improve your health a little bit each day. To be successful, it will require patience, discipline, and an optimistic attitude. Here are a few things you can start implementing into your daily routine! Move More Often Regular physical activity lowers your risk of numerous health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. Additionally, it can help relieve stress and improve your overall mental well-being. Regardless of what age you are, adding movement to your daily routine is achievable. If you’re not sure where to begin, find workout routines for every age group here. Ditch the Fad Diets The market is saturated with the newest trending diets. Many will claim it’s the best...

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It’s Flu Season!

As the seasons have changed and soon fall will turn into winter, it is important that we not only protect ourselves from colds but also the much-dreaded flu.  Scientifically named, “Influenza” is not only contagious but has the potential to be a very serious illness.  The symptoms can range from mild to severe and in extreme cases can lead to hospitalization or in the worst cases, death. So how do we protect ourselves? First things first, it is imperative we practice excellent (not fair, mediocre or even good) but Excellent hygiene.  Germs are everywhere, and unfortunately, we cannot hide in a bubble for the rest of our lives, but that is okay if we take the necessary precautions you can protect yourself.  Always wash your hands,...

Advocating for Your Breast Health

We’ve all been taught that if you see something, say something.  But what if you feel something?  Do you say something or do you remain silent? I was 31 years old when I had my first mammogram.  I remember describing what I felt as a heaviness in my breast.  I wasn’t sure if that translated well to my Gynecologist, so her examination was critical to ensuring that we were on the same page.  She didn’t feel that there was any real cause for concern, but sensing my anxiety [and having a paternal great grandmother with breast cancer] she thought it would be a good idea to get screened. Being Type A, I immediately called the Radiology Center to schedule an appointment for a mammogram.  My conversation with...

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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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How Music Heals

It is without question; music plays an important role in a variety of aspects in our everyday lives.  If you are anything like me, music is playing for the majority of my day.  Whether it is to get my day started, get me in the zone of studying or simply using a playlist to push me to power through a workout, music is always there. Most individuals have a strong emotional and even spiritual connection to music. Music therapy is an emerging field as individuals are studying how music can be used to help individuals cope, relax and heal. Budding research has found that music therapy can help with the following: Lessening Signs of Stress & Anxiety Aiding in Pain Relief Improving Quality of Life for...

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How to Heal Fibroids Holistically

Before we dive into it, let’s start with a discussion of what a Fibroid actually is.  By definition, fibroids are growths are made up of muscle and fibrous tissue that can vary in size. Although they are not life-threatening or cancerous or life-threatening, they can still cause complications and other health issues. Research that 1 in 3 women experience signs and symptoms of fibroids which make up about 80% of women who will experience fibroids in their lifetime.  These symptoms can vary and can range from: Heavy & Painful periods Menstrual periods lasting more than a week Abdominal Pain Pelvic pressure or pain Lower Back and Leg Pain Frequent Urination Difficulty emptying the bladder Constipation Pain or Discomfort During Sex Without seeking proper medical advice or treatment, in addition to the uncomfortable signs and symptoms, fibroids...

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PCOS: A Different Kind of Cysterhood

When it comes to black women and our gynecological health, we are educated about fibroids, endometriosis, sexually transmitted infections, and female-related cancers.  But what about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?!   1 in 10 women is affected by this hormonal disorder. It may be the reason for your irregular periods.  It might be the catalyst for your excessive facial hair.  It could be why you’re having such a hard time conceiving.  Perhaps it’s the source of your mood swings.  Maybe it’s the reason that you are more successful at gaining weight than you are at losing it.  No two cysters are alike.  Some women have multiple symptoms while others may only have a few.   Diagnosing PCOS includes a pelvic exam (to check your reproductive organs for any...

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Your Top Essential Oils You Need this Fall

As fall approaches, we want our homes to smell good to create a warm comforting environment.  But what exactly are they and what do they do? According to heathline.com, essential oils are compounds extracted from plants.  They are created through the process of distillation (via steam and/or water) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing.  Essentials are mostly used through the use of aromatherapy, but can also be used inhalation, or by diluting the oil then rubbing the oil on the skin. When the oils are inhaled, the fragrance of the essential oils can stimulate parts of your limbic system which is the system of your body involved with motivation, emotion, learning, and memory. Because the limbic system has been linked to the formation of long-term...

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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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