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Practicing Self Care After your Diagnosis | HIV/AIDS Awareness

During the month of February we have spent some much time talking about matters of the heart, first and foremost health, and coming in at a close second is love. Up until now though, we have talked mostly about loving other people, so today I thought we would talk about something different, Self-Love (not that kind you nasty lol). No but seriously, we often forget how important self-love is to our overall happiness, and for those of us struggling with a debilitating infection like HIV/AIDS this can be twice as difficult. Getting a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS can shatter your whole world, and even makes some people want to end their lives. So in light of this, I thought I would come today with my top...

Does Anxiety Affect Your Heart?

Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. Although this is natural, many people are subjected to an anxiety disorder which refers to specific psychiatric disorders that involve extreme fear or worry. There are a lot of people who don’t understand anxiety or the many effects it has on a person’s overall health. Some Types of Anxiety Disorders Social Anxiety Disorder: heightened or extreme fear of judgment from others in a social setting.Panic Disorder: suffering from panic attacks or fear of the next panic attack.Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): a condition of anxiety following or triggered by a traumatic event. Some Symptoms of Anxiety Increased Heart RateIncreased Blood PressureDifficulty ConcentratingInsomnia Anxiety on the Heart Anxiety can be so intense, in some cases, that it speeds up the heart rate to...

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Is Sugar or Salt Worse for Your Heart?

I love a sugary treat, but I also love something with a little salt to it. Unhealthy diets tend to lead us to places we dread being, such as having high blood pressure. So, what's worse for our heart? Is it the salt or is it the sugar? Sodium is a necessary nutrient for the body. The daily recommended amount is 2,300 mg of sodium. Studies have shown that a large percentage of people consume way more sodium than we should and that those with low sodium diets generally have lower blood pressures. But evidence has emerged to suggest that salt is not the only reason for high blood pressure. There is a very big difference between natural sugars and added sugars. For example, fruits have...

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HIV/AIDS and The Heart + What you can do!| HIV Awareness

HIV/AIDS is one of those infections that takes a toll on the body of the person infected in many different ways. In the month of February , the month of love and (more importantly), American heart month, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at some of the effects that HIV/AIDS has on the heart, and what you can do to decrease your chances. Heart Disease We all know that heart disease is a huge problem in the African American community, but did you know that if you are infected with HIV/Aids then your chances of developing this disease goes up? (talking about adding on to an already heavy load!). HIV affects your immune system mainly, but that doesn't mean that the...

PEP vs. PrEP: What’s the difference? | HIV Awareness| Sexual Health

Good morning my sisters! I hope everyone is doing well and continuously learning and striving to be the healthiest versions of themselves possible. Today I wanted to focus on a topic regarding different medicine types for HIV. I know that a lot of you have heard of PEP and PrEP, but do you know which one is which, and what they truly are? Well today we are going to talk about it in hopes that it saves some lives. What is PrEP & How does it work? PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and similarly to what the name suggests, this is the medicine you would take before you have been exposed to the virus. Personally I had no idea this existed until one of my gay friends...

How the Keto Lifestyle Affects Heart Health

What’s the correlation between Keto & Heart Health? Do you remember when we talked about the ketogenic diet vs. the paleolithic diet? Well it’s coming full circle, sis! The last time we talked about it, I left it up for you to decide whether or not you thought the ketogenic diet or the paleolithic diet was the best for you. Now I’m going to tell you a few effects that the ketogenic diet actually has on heart health. Keto On The Heart The keto diet has introduced a lot of the foods people have been told not to eat back into their diets. Animal products and saturated fats make up the majority of a general ketogenic diet and therefore can cause LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol...

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How Water Fasting Affects Heart Health

There are so many people who carry out fasts for religious or spiritual reasons, for detoxing purposes, and more. I, myself, have carried out the water fast on two occasions when I was in high school. I thought it was the obvious way to shed an abundance of weight because I wouldn’t be consuming any sugars, starches, or carbs. Years later, I wonder what I was possibly risking with my health. What is the Water Fast? Water fasting is the act of fasting all foods and only consuming water. Many people water fast to lose weight or for its health benefits. It is advised that the water fast exceeds no more than 72 hours at a time, however doing so for a longer time should not be...

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Fight Heart disease with Mushrooms | Stuffed Mushroom Day

Hey ladies! I hope everyone is doing well today! So if you all were not aware, yesterday was national stuffed mushroom day! I know some of you are like ew gross, and some of you are jumping for joy about this, but I invite all of you who are anti-mushrooms to try them stuffed as they have a completely different flavor than just plain raw mushrooms in a salad for example. You’re probably also wondering why i’m bringing this up as well. Well since it is February, the month all about love and black history, I thought I’d talk about heart health since that is something affecting both of those areas. Black women & Heart Disease It is sad to say but half of us black...

HIV Awareness | Concerning statistics regarding Black Women

We all know that there are disparities between communities, and HIV is no different. Our communities experience the highest HIV rates among all races and if you aren’t careful you could become apart of that statistic. As I say often, knowledge is power so make sure you’re getting tested regularly, simply because many of the black women infected with the disease, (7.2% of them to be exact) don’t even know they are infected (find out how often you should get tested here and where to get tested here). When it comes to black women, though we have some of the most devastating statistics, and so today I thought I would share a couple of these statistics so that we may get more serious about our...

The Pros and Cons of Going Cold Turkey!

How many of us wanted to start a new diet or quit consuming something and thought the best way to do it was going cold turkey? My hand is raised because I know I have. Let me tell you, it was not easy! I’m going to give you my take on quitting soda cold turkey. I’m choosing soda because I am so deeply in love with Coca Cola that it’s crazy! So here are my pros and cons of quitting (Coca Cola) cold turkey. Pros Clearer Skin: As you know soda has way too much sugar in it for people like me to consume multiple times a day everyday. When I quit drinking soda cold turkey, I had noticeably clearer skin over time. Energy: Reducing the amount...

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