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Spring Skincare Routine!

Spring has Sprung and we are in our homes.  Since we are abiding by the rules of social distancing and staying home, why do I have to care about my skin?  No, we may not be going to any brunch outings or fancy dinner parties but indoors doesn’t mean our skin has to suffer. Now is the time to take care of not only others but take care of ourselves too.  Not just to keep us safe from illness but take care of ourselves to keep us feeling good. So how can we take care of our skin while remaining at home? First things first, WASH YOUR FACE.  There’s no need for a fancy cleaner (if you don’t have one) good ole soap and water will do. ...

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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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THE TRUTH ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

As days go by people go through a lot of things in their lives, it could be emotionally or socially. This can happen at home, workplace, social events, or it could be anywhere.  We try to do things to take care of ourselves emotionally, psychologically, or socially. We can manage things sometimes but not all the time. According to medlineplus.gov, Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel, and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, related to others, and make choices.  Mental illnesses are serious disorders that can affect your thinking, mood, and behavior. They may come occasionally, or they may be long-lasting. Mental illness can affect a person’s ability to...

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How to Improve Your Health at Any Age

No matter what age you are, it’s always possible to improve your health a little bit each day. To be successful, it will require patience, discipline, and an optimistic attitude. Here are a few things you can start implementing into your daily routine! Move More Often Regular physical activity lowers your risk of numerous health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. Additionally, it can help relieve stress and improve your overall mental well-being. Regardless of what age you are, adding movement to your daily routine is achievable. If you’re not sure where to begin, find workout routines for every age group here. Ditch the Fad Diets The market is saturated with the newest trending diets. Many will claim it’s the best...

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Christie Champaign: “My Mission is to Connect As Many of You As I Can to Someone that Can Help.”

This week’s Black Girl Health Partner Spotlight goes to Ms. Christie Champaign. Back in 2008, Christie was dealing with unexplained health issues that were impacting her quality of life. She was the classic case of “sick and tired of being sick and tired,” and decided that it was time to reclaim her health and wellbeing. Through her journey of healing her body naturally, she created Your Health Connect. This movement is all about connecting people with the resources they need to live their best lives. If you are looking for better health, and don’t know where to turn, it’s time to connect with Your Health Connect. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIk8CRo5WW4&feature=youtu.be[/embed] "One day, I got out of bed to get ready for work and I looked in the mirror...

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How Music Heals

It is without question; music plays an important role in a variety of aspects in our everyday lives.  If you are anything like me, music is playing for the majority of my day.  Whether it is to get my day started, get me in the zone of studying or simply using a playlist to push me to power through a workout, music is always there. Most individuals have a strong emotional and even spiritual connection to music. Music therapy is an emerging field as individuals are studying how music can be used to help individuals cope, relax and heal. Budding research has found that music therapy can help with the following: Lessening Signs of Stress & Anxiety Aiding in Pain Relief Improving Quality of Life for...

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Your Protective Style Might Not Be Protecting

As fall and winter approach, it is important for us natural women to ensure they are taking the best care of their hair especially as the temperatures begin to drop it is imperative that during the dry months our stays moisturized and protected from the elements, not just heat damage.             According to the Natural Club, these are some ways that we add stress on our hair, causing wear and tear: Physical manipulation from daily styling, combing, detangling, stretching, updos, or just touching your hair in general Chemicals, color treatments, or high heat Environmental pollutants in the air Excessive moisture from swimming or sweat Environmental/climate factors such as dry air, cold air, frost, wind, snow, etc. Protective styles are important because they are styles that require little to no manipulation.  But beware,...

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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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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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