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The Effects of Technology on Your Sleep!

One thing I absolutely love is a goodnight’s sleep. The best possible sleep I can get is in a cold room with a thick blanket, but sometimes that can get interrupted. I found out that the interruption is, in part, due to my technology. Disruptive Sounds When you’re awake and you get a notification you rush to answer it. While you’re asleep your body still has that same alert system on it. Even in your sleep, those sounds keep you from fully reaching your deep sleep and getting the best possible rest. Technology Addiction Constantly having your phone connected to you can make it seem almost impossible to put it down and leave it alone. With any addiction, short periods of time without the thing you crave attracts most...

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Nutrition and HIV/AIDS | Fighting Back

Hello my lovely BGH sisters! I hope that all is well in your lives, and you're pursuing your dreams even in the wake of failure. When I talk of pursuing your dreams I mean that to be anything you fancy, however I hope that we have one dream in common, which is to live healthy and full lives. When you have an HIV diagnosis (especially a recent one), that may seem only like a dream, but with the knowledge and medicinal advances we have today, you can live a fulfilling life with HIV/AIDS. While there are multiple things that you can do to increase your longevity living with the infection, like making sure you're taking your medication appropriately, exercising regularly, and giving up poor habits...

Sleep Apnea and Women!

Have you ever heard the term sleep apnea?  Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted while they’re sleeping. In general, sleep apnea can result in the brain not getting enough oxygen and therefore needs to be taken care. Two Types of Sleep Apnea: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA):considered the more common, it is caused by a blockage of the airway, normally when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.Central Sleep Apnea: the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe, due to instability in the respiratory control center. Sleep Apnea Symptoms: Sore or dry throat upon awakeningLoud snoringSleepiness or lethargy Morning headachesRestless sleepForgetfulnessMood changesDecreased sexual desire/interestEpisodes of gasping or choking out of...

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The Best Cardio Workouts to Promote Heart Health!

The workout struggle is real! It can be extremely difficult to initiate your exercising journey, especially when you have health conditions or concerns. Often times, people use their health concerns as excuses to keep from exercising or the struggle to force themselves to workout because of the boredom in their workout. I’m going to give you a few ideas on how some of the best cardio workouts that promote heart health! Dancing: Who would’ve thought that dancing and having fun could do so much for you? People think of cardio and instantly think of running miles until they feel like passing out. Dancing is a great and fun thing to do that also promotes your heart health and can help other health issues or concerns! Swimming: The hot sun...

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Dos and Donts for a heart healthy meal prep

As National Heart health month draws to a close, I thought that I would share some information with you that you can use throughout the year. Not that anything I’ve shared can't be used year round but when it comes to matters of the heart they can be easily forgotten. We all know about how the heart functions, pumping blood throughout your body, and taking on the burden of keeping us alive. With so much resting on your heart the least you can do is keep it healthy right? The food that you put in your body can make, or break, the health of your heart. Which is why today I thought i’d leave you with some dos and don'ts on making a heart healthy...

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...