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How to Prevent Diabetes with Simple Food Choices

Does diabetes run in your family?  Are you overweight? Do you have a sedentary job or watch a lot of TV?  Do you smoke? Are you an African-American woman? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then you’re at higher risk of developing type II diabetes during your lifetime. The good news is that even with high risk factors, diabetes doesn’t have to be your destiny.  This disease is one of the most preventable diseases known to man.  What causes adult onset (type II) diabetes is a decreased ability of cells in the pancreas to produce insulin, a hormone that is needed to get sugar from the bloodstream into the cells where it’s used for energy.  Every time you eat simple carbohydrates and sugars, the pancreas has to pump...

FOODS TO EAT AND AVOID TO PREVENT DIABETES

If we’re just talking about prevention and you don’t yet have pre-diabetes or diabetes, then the best diet is a healthy balanced combination of whole “real” foods as described below. Healthy eating for disease prevention is a permanent change, not a temporary fad diet. Here are the basics (for a more detailed diet plan more tailored to your individual health history, see a Naturopathic Doctor): WHAT TO EAT: Whole grains – rice, quinoa, oats, wheat pastas, breads, crackers, etc. Fruit (2-3 servings/day), fresh or frozen, unsweetened dry fruit, unsweetened fruit jams Lots of fresh or frozen veggies (3-5 servings/day); limit potatoes, yams, and sweet potatoes Good quality protein sources – seafood, beans, legumes, nuts; organic animal proteins such as chicken, turkey, dairy, and eggs Good oils – for cooking use olive, coconut,...

HOW TO DITCH THE DEPRESSION MEDS!

Are you on anti-depression or anxiety medication?  Are you ready to live your life free of chemical manipulation from pills?  Are you ready to put the effort into your mental health that you deserve? Here’s a quick overview on how to start the path to mental clarity, away from pharmaceutical intervention. TAKING THE MEDICATION Research and ask your Doc or NP.  Why did he/she give this particular medication (rx) to you?  How is it working to make you feel less “depressed” or “anxious”?   Side effects.  Short term and long-term?  Lost nutrients.  Are there any supplements you can take that will help you regaining any nutrients lost by taking the rx? WEANING OFF THE MEDICATION DO NOT quick cold turkey! Consult with your MD or NP.  Be firm in stating that you want...

CAN DRINKING TEA PREVENT A HEART ATTACK?

Tea is not just warm, soothing, and calming, especially right before bed, but according to a study done by John Hopkins, tea could be your life saver. Results of a study that included data on more than 6,000 people, suggest that those drinking even one cup of tea daily could cut the risk of heart attack and other serious heart problems by 35 percent compared to people who don't drink tea. For more information on the health benefits of tea, click on the link below. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/WBL02504/Good-Reason-To-Drink-Tea-Daily.html #Transformationtuesdays ...

WHY YOU SHOULD STOP CHECKING YOUR PHONE BEFORE BED

In this day and age, our phones are our life. We can’t go anywhere or do anything without our phones including “sleep.” According to experts checking your phone at night, can affect your quality of sleep. As result of consecutively checking your phone before going to bed, you may see negatives affects not only your attention span, but your metabolism, so much that you’re starting to gain weight. Click on the lick below to understand why it’s time to start putting your phone to rest before sleeping. http://www.businessinsider.com/smartphone-impact-brain-body-sleep-2015-2 #Stressfreesundays...

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Of All Newly HIV-Infected Women, 2 out of 3 are African American

Today, women account for about 1 in 4 new HIV/AIDS cases in the United States. Of these newly infected women, most are African American. And many of these cases are attributed to having  unprotected sex with a man. Some reasons why African-American women are affected by HIV/AIDS more than women of other races include: Poverty — 1 in 4 African-American women lives in poverty, which is strongly linked to HIV risk. People living in poverty also get lower-quality health care in general, which can mean advancing from HIV infection to AIDS more quickly Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) — HIV is most commonly spread to women through sexual contact. Untreated STIs that break the skin, such as genital herpes, give HIV easy access into the bloodstream. African-American women...

TRANSFORM YOUR THOUGHTS

How often have you talked yourself out of working toward a big bold goal? How many of your dreams have gone unfulfilled because you've convinced yourself it's impossible, too hard, or unreasonable? *GASP!* Or even worse, how often have you thought that you're not smart enough, you don't have enough money or the right credentials to chase after your dreams?  If you want to grow you have to give up negative self-talk! Keep dreaming but don't allow social norms and pressures change you or deter you from your dreams! Read More on Doing The Impossible Here! (http://wp.me/p5aXzi-bW)  Remember: You set the precedence to how well or poorly others treat you. So if you love on yourself, speak life to yourself and shed a positive light on yourself; you will in turn attract those...

STUDY SHOWS THAT WOMEN CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM HIV

Can women take proactive steps to protect themselves from HIV using a vaginal ring that has an antiretroviral drug? According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health this ring provides a modest level of protection against HIV infection in women, a large clinical trial in four sub-Saharan African countries has found. The ring reduced the risk of HIV infection by 27 percent in the study population overall and by 61 percent among women ages 25 years and older, who used the ring most consistently. Check out Gaudenzia New Options for more health related information by clicking on the link below. https://www.facebook.com/gaudenziahbg/...

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How to Ask Your Man to Get Tested i.e. #POPTHEQUESTION

Taking the initiative to get tested for HIV is a big step in taking control of your health. There’s no arguing that, at first, it can be quite intimidating. But, when it comes to having that discussion with your man or sexual partner, things can become really uncomfortable. Be that as it may, knowing your and your partner's HIV status is essential to having a good sexual relationship. So asking your man to get tested--if he hasn’t already--is a bridge you’ll have to cross. Here’s how to do it without the hassle. Get tested together Many times people avoid getting tested because they are nervous or uncomfortable. Going with someone and getting tested together can help alleviate some of that anxiety and nervousness. Instead of asking your...