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Social Distance vs. Physical Distance

As we tread through the unknown waters of the COVID-19 pandemic, let us not forget to stay close to family and friends. As a nation, we have been covering our mouths, washing our hands, and practicing “social distancing” mechanisms to curve the spread of the virus, but we have not outlined the unforeseen impacts of social distancing on our mental health. According to Medline Plus, health professionals are shifting from using the term “social distancing” and have geared their focus towards “physical distancing” instead. Medline Plus declares social distancing as the act of staying at least six feet away from people that do not reside in a person’s immediate household. Although this term has been widely used, it may be sending the wrong message and...

Linda Wyatt Defies the Norms of Western Medicine and Proves that Alternative Approaches can Make a Difference

Hello Everyone,   It's here, our last week in the month of October and the BGH community is proud to announce our last partner spotlight article of the month. Today we are taking time to celebrate Linda Wyatts and her amazing accomplishments of taking control of her own health by becoming Health and Green Smoothie Cleanse Coach. At the age of twenty-five, Linda was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory disorder affecting many joints, commonly those in the hands and feet. For fifteen years, Wyatt experienced immense pain, and the only available treatment included painful steroid injections in various joints, suffered various flare-ups which left her unable to do her daily activities. At one point in time, the pain and suffering became debilitating to the point where...

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From Being Injured to Becoming A Physical Fitness Instructor, Razz Sharpless Defies all Odds

In this week’s partner spotlight, we are acknowledging a driven individual who conquered her fitness goal, after a horrific injury. In 2014, Razz Sharpless experienced a devastating fall that caused her to break her tibia and fibula, shatter her ankle, and tear most of the tendons in that area. For eight months, she needed assistance to complete everyday tasks. Through hard work and physical therapy, she was able to regain her strength.  After experiencing her traumatic fall, Razz decided to attend different fitness classes to continue with her wellness journey. However, her previous injuries prevented her from performing the way she wanted to in class. Though she was embarrassed by her limitations, Sharpless was still feeling motivated to put her health and physical fitness at the forefront....

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5 Mediterranean Recipes, I’m going to try and I think you should too!

Hey Sis!  While I was spending time scouring the internet for new ideas and topics to write about during the pandemic, I found something interesting. Since we are at home, this not the perfect time to spice up your dinner and try something new? I knew you would agree, so today I have listed 5 Keto-Friendly Mediterranean recipes that I tried this month, and I think you should too. Mediterranean food? Yes, Mediterranean food is the cuisine style of people from countries along the Mediterranean. Places like Greece, Turkey, Israel and Morocco are just a couple on the long list. Their diet consists of a lot of healthy fats, lean protein, and fresh fruits and veggies making it easy include for those of us on the keto...

Time to Morph with Lauren Keir Wellness

Our BGH Partner spotlight is shining bright on Dr. Lauren Keir Simmons, EdD. Dr. Simmons is a New Orleans native who moved to DC at age 19 to attend Howard University. She has an undergraduate degree in Human Growth and Development, a Masters in Counseling Psychology, and an EdD in Child, Youth & Adolescence from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Lauren is no stranger to academic or professional success and is constantly excelling in all endeavors. So a certain level of stress is expected when you have that kind of drive. But when her physical health started to change, she knew something wasn’t quite right. Dr. Simmons started experiencing severe migraines, blood pressure spikes, and unexplained and uncontrolled weight gain. Lifestyle changes and working with her health...

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Amateur Boxer Turn Certified Personal Trainer and Medical Exercise Specialist Marita Martina Gumbs

Competing as an amateur boxer, Marita Martina Gumbs knew that in 2010, she wanted to become a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer. Since her early twenties, her desire has been to help people achieve a healthier lifestyle. More than just gaining muscle or losing weight, she acknowledges that "playing ball with my kids, going on long walking tours to explore a new city, embarking on adventurous excursions while on vacation, and waking up in the morning with the energy to seize the day and give her best" is what fuels her and brings her joy. In 2017, Marita became certified through the Medical Exercise Training Institute (METI) (a part of the American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehab Professionals) as a Medical...

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Sweatbands and Waist-trainers: are they worth the hype?

With the weather slowly beginning to break, people are beginning to try and work on their “summer body” and with all of the social distancing and gyms being closed is adding an abdominal sweatband the extra push you need to reach your fitness goals? If you are on social media, I’m sure you have seen these many ads of companies marketing their waist trainer sweatband that will instantly take inches of your waist, flattening your stomach to give you the perfect hourglass figure.  Any product claiming to do such a thing without adequate exercise and even diet modifications is a scam. Basic waist trainers can be extremely dangerous as they have the potential to shift organs and cause damage to your ribs.  If you do want to...

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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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Is Exercise During Pregnancy Okay?

Those of you lovely ladies who are expecting the arrival of a little bundle of joy, this one's for you! You’re here because you want to be healthy and live a healthier lifestyle so what changes now that you’re pregnant? For the longest time we’ve been preaching exercise and a healthy diet but can you do that with a bun in the oven? Yes. Exercise during your pregnancy is generally safe and very often recommended, unless told otherwise by one’s health professional concerning complications. Exercising during a pregnancy is not for weight loss at that particular moment, but rather to remain healthy and for possible weight loss post-pregnancy. Some benefits to exercising during a pregnancy include an increase in energy and an improved mood. As with...

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The Low-Down on Fiber

Hey sis! I hope your day is filled with joy and happiness, and that your dreams are becoming reality. Here at BGH we are very health conscious and always recommend eating strategically to maximize the benefits of the food you're eating. Today however, I wanted to come and talk about something that's important, but is also kinda rare when you’re reading the backs of your food labels, and that is fiber. What is Fiber? Fiber is dietary material containing substances such as cellulose, lignin, and pectin, that are resistant to the action of digestive enzymes. That’s just  google’s definition, in layman’s terms fiber is what helps hold your poop together. You see, there is a type of fiber that your body can’t really break down, so because...

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