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ARE BLACK WOMEN SATISFIED WITH BEING OVERWEIGHT?

Eating soul food, fast food, and fried foods are known as fulfilling and regular diets in the black community. Even though over-indulging in these foods add on extra pounds, that hasn’t always changed one’s desire to eat them. Thus, would you concur that being overweight becomes a way of life that some women have grown to appreciate? The numbers show that African-American women have the highest obesity rate of among other American women. “Four out of five black women have a body mass index above 25 percent, the threshold for being overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” Click on the link below to read more on how being obese/overweight has become prevalent in the African American culture. http://wjla.com/news/health/african-american-women-have-highest-obesity-rate-cdc-says-82913 #Transformationtuesdays...

RED HEART TRUTH CAMPAIGN: HEART DISEASE KILLED MY MOM

Bobbie J. Brown was a loving & caring person. She cherished her faith, family, friends, and serving others. She also had a stubborn side when it came to admitting she was feeling under the weather and going to the doctor. Taking a Goody/BC powder and drinking hot tea was her way of healing herself. In 1997, she was forced by her sisters to go to the hospital. She was admitted into the intensive care unit where she was diagnosed with fluid in both lungs and congestive heart failure, which means that your heart can't pump enough blood throughout your body, causing blood and fluid to get backed up. There are many causes of congestive heart failure, but in my mom's case, it was mainly due to her...

Top Foods to Eat (and Avoid) for Uterine Fibroids

Top Foods to Eat (and Avoid) for Uterine Fibroids: Did you know that uterine fibroids occur in about 25% of women over age 35, and are 3 times more likely to occur in African-American women. may occur at a younger age, grow more quickly, and are more likely to cause symptoms in African-American women. can cause heavy menstrual bleeding and/or pelvic pain or bloating grow during pregnancy and with estrogen therapy decrease in size after menopause Foods to Eat that may help reduce fibroids: vegan diet (no animal products) liver cleansing foods (because the liver processes excess hormones like estrogen): beets, carrots, artichokes, lemons, parsnips, dandelion greens, watercress, burdock root Morning detox drink: juice half a lemon and add to a cup of warm water, or fresh...

This Herb Can Help Treat Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition where blood glucose (sugar) levels are consistently too high, eventually leading to damage of tissues and organs such as nerves, blood vessels, skin, heart, kidneys, and eyes.  Approximately 1 in 4 African-American women over age 55 have diabetes, and the rate of diabetes in younger African-American women, and even children is growing at an alarming rate. In addition to diet and exercise, there are many herbs and nutrients that can help to keep blood glucose in check. One particularly effective herb is called Gymnema sylvestre.  This plant has been used in India for the treatment of diabetes for over 2,000 years.  Commonly known as the “sugar destroyer,” it is mainly used to decrease elevated blood sugar levels and help control appetite and sugar...

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...