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What is Mental Illness and how do you know you have it?

Hello Sugarfoot! I see your back again to continue our path to breaking down a BLOCKAGE in our Community! We have slowly started to come out of our World Wide Timeout, but we are still in the midst of it all. Last week we discussed the factors of mental health, now we discuss mental illness and how that is different from mental health. As always, I hope, that by giving you knowledge about the different aspects of Mental health, it will be less heavy on your minds moving forward. So, let’s go! Mental Illness? Mental illnesses are conditions that affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood or behavior, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. Such conditions may be occasional or long-lasting (chronic) and affect someone’s ability to...

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What factors into Healthy (and poor) Mental Health?

Hello Sugarfoot! I see your back to continue our path to breaking down a BLOCKAGE in our Community! Last week during the World Wide Timeout, I discussed the brief introduction to mental health. We understand that we need to take a step back and make changes to be the better person we are meant to be. But what are we looking for exactly?  This leads us to our next topic of discussion of this mental health series, THE FACTORS! As always, I hope, that by giving you knowledge about the different aspects of Mental health, it will be less heavy on your minds moving forward. So, let’s go! What are factors to achieving a good quality of Mental Health? As we previously discussed, "Mental Health" includes our...

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What is Mental Health: The foundation to the biggest BLOCK in the Black community!

Hello Sugarfoot! A young, new member to the BGH family hoping to break down a BLOCKAGE in our Community! As we have had time to ourselves this summer (World Wide Timeout I like to say), we can reflect that we all have to make changes to move forward, in all aspects of our lives. We have all been tested, and witnessed massive mental stresses that can sometimes feel overwhelming. I hope, by giving you knowledge about the different aspects of Mental health, it will be less heavy on your minds. So, let’s go!   What is Mental Health?   The first step to breaking up the overwhelming force that is Mental Health, is to understand what it is. Understanding the situation tells you what is friendly and what is...

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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 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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Amateur Boxer Turn Certified Personal Trainer and Medical Exercise Specialist Marita Martina Gumbs

Competing as an amateur boxer, Marita Martina Gumbs knew that in 2010, she wanted to become a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer. Since her early twenties, her desire has been to help people achieve a healthier lifestyle. More than just gaining muscle or losing weight, she acknowledges that "playing ball with my kids, going on long walking tours to explore a new city, embarking on adventurous excursions while on vacation, and waking up in the morning with the energy to seize the day and give her best" is what fuels her and brings her joy. In 2017, Marita became certified through the Medical Exercise Training Institute (METI) (a part of the American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehab Professionals) as a Medical...

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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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How this Cancer Survivor Turned Her Pain Into Purpose as a Holistic Healer

This month for our partner highlight, we are honoring LaDawn "Khetnu Nefer" Frasier.  Although she did not plan on being a “healer” looking back she realized that she always had a high intuition for the needs of others. Khetnu Nefer is a Gullah/Geechee holistic health practitioner originally from John's Island, SC who is a passionate womb warrior and women's health advocate. After spending 8 years in the army, she began her healing career as a massage therapist.  Through her work as a massage therapist, she gained a more personal connection with her clients, taking her healing beyond the physical.   Through her own personal experience, she learned the importance and impact of holistic wellness.  During her own battle with uterine cancer, she took it upon herself to...

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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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