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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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MYTHS associated with HIV/AIDS BUSTED! | HIV Awareness

There are many myths about HIV/AIDS and people living with these infections that are just not true. A myth is a widely held belief that is actually false. However, since so many people  believe that it is true, it continues to permeate society. That is why today I have decided to bust some of these myths so that everyone knows the truth about HIV/AIDS and people infected with it. “HIV/AIDS is  death sentence” While this used to be the case, this is no longer true. As with any infection or disease, the less we know about it the deadlier it seems. Since then we have been able to develop different drugs  and treatments to help people cope with the infection and live longer fuller lives. “Having HIV means...

DON’T FRY DAY!

It’s Don’t Fry Day, and I’m not talking about fried foods. Don’t Fry Day takes place the Friday before memorial day and it’s a day to remind all of us about the importance of sun safety for our skin. We enjoy being out in the sun as much as we want but we don’t always protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays. DON’T FRY YOUR SKIN! That’s what Don’t Fry Day is all about. Your skin is beautiful and we are all about health so why not keep your skin healthy? A little while ago we talked about the myths of our skin, like the myth that darker skin doesn’t need sunscreen. We learned that it is actually smart to protect our skin with things...

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When Our Bodies Speak Do We Listen?

Have you ever heard someone say, “listen to your body?” Have you ever actually done it? Listening to your body isn’t about physically listening for your body to speak words to you, but your body does communicate with you. When you’re running on empty and having gotten enough sleep, but you are continuing to be on the run, your body might slow you down. Your eyelids might get heavy, your body might be more difficult to move, and you might be abusing caffeine and energy drinks to keep you on the go. In this case, your body has already told you to slow down and get some sleep, but you weren’t listening. Sometimes we get a gut feeling that contrasts with our mental process. Your mind...

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HIV Vaccine Awareness Day!

Does anyone know what May 18th is? No? It’s okay, girl, I’ll tell you. May 18th is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day! The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) leads this observance. This day is observed to recognize all the people who work daily towards finding a way to prevent the contracting and spread of HIV. Not only is this day a to recognize those who work towards HIV prevention, but this is a day to educate about the importance of HIV prevention research. You can go to AIDSinfo to learn more about preventive HIV vaccines and therapeutic HIV vaccines. Our health is extremely important, but so is our education about our health. To learn more, please follow Black Girl Health...

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The Myth of Our Skin!

We have some gorgeous skin, but are we taking care of it? We might clean and moisturize our skin well but there are a few myths that too many of us believe. It’s time to debunk the myths, Sis! Black Don’t Crack Sweetheart, you’re wrong.Yes it can. Black skin is still susceptible to aging and wrinkles. Skin care is important regardless of your skin color. I Don’t Need Sunscreen Black Skin does have a natural SPF protector in melanin that helps us protect our skin, but that is not always enough. Black skin can still have skin cancer so using sunscreen can greatly benefit you. DON’T FALL INTO THE TRAP. You probably need some sunscreen, sis. My Oily Skin is Moisture Enough I don’t know, lovelies....

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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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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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