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How To Take Ownership Of Your Health

Our bodies are with us for the rest of our lives, so naturally, we should make it a focus to do everything we can to guarantee it’s in the best condition possible. But why is it so hard to actually stick to our health goals and see them through? Often times, we tend to lack the correct focus on the timeframe of our overall well-being. Reaching these goals doesn’t happen overnight, and it is just as important to prioritize our long-term goals as it is our near future ambitions. Take a look at the proper ways to take ownership of your health through the different stages of your life-cycle. Short-term Commonly, short-term goals are the first things that come to mind surrounding the discussion around health. Our...

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Often Imitated, Never Duplicated

Women, we are one of God’s most precious creations. The world as we know it would not exist without us. The ability to build a nation rests within our wombs. We are the health of our households. We continue to break glass ceilings. We dominate boardrooms. We have enough multitasking abilities to take care of home and community. We are setting trends and blazing trails in every field imaginable. There’s not one piece of history that hasn’t been blessed by our presence. Now, compound all of this with being Black, and you have achieved greatness! But no matter how dope we are, our value is often downplayed, if acknowledged at all. Black women are labeled as aggressive, angry, attitudinal, and standoffish. Some very unattractive words for...

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How One Woman Created Cooking Oils That Can Impact Your Health

This week’s BGH Partner Spotlight is shining on Ms. Jenifer Guinn, MSc., CEO of Vidaluxlook.  A true renaissance woman, Ms. Guinn is an advocate for low income families in Washington DC, a mom, and an entrepreneur.  She has always been a girl-boss, so it was no surprise when she stepped out on faith to create her own business. Her journey towards holistic health began in 2016 when she was diagnosed with depression and Social Anxiety Disorder. She discovered that using herbal-infused oils allowed her to heal from the inside out without having to rely on prescription medications. It was at this point she knew she was on to something big.  That something big was Vidaluxlook. When asked how her product could be used to help black...

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How this Cancer Survivor Turned Her Pain Into Purpose as a Holistic Healer

This month for our partner highlight, we are honoring LaDawn "Khetnu Nefer" Frasier.  Although she did not plan on being a “healer” looking back she realized that she always had a high intuition for the needs of others. Khetnu Nefer is a Gullah/Geechee holistic health practitioner originally from John's Island, SC who is a passionate womb warrior and women's health advocate. After spending 8 years in the army, she began her healing career as a massage therapist.  Through her work as a massage therapist, she gained a more personal connection with her clients, taking her healing beyond the physical.   Through her own personal experience, she learned the importance and impact of holistic wellness.  During her own battle with uterine cancer, she took it upon herself to...

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect As women, we have so many things to keep track of in order to stay on top of our health and wellbeing. We have to check our breasts. We have to check our “lady parts”. And, we have to check our necks! You may have read that last sentence and questioned why I would include something as benign as the neck. But truth be told, the neck is a pretty big deal. It’s not just a place to adorn your favorite statement piece or a cute scarf. It’s much more than just a pedestal for your head. The neck is home to a butterfly-shaped gland known as the thyroid. The thyroid releases hormones that control our growth, development, and metabolism. Breathing, menstruation, weight, and...

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Cheers to a Now Year!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve uttered the words “Come January…” followed by an unrealistic goal. For me, a new year represented my opportunity to start over. I could set new intentions, new declarations, and recreate my expectations moving forward. The New Year became my anecdote to failure. I was so fixated on the “new” and the “next” that I forgot to focus on the “now”. But when I began to reflect on the concept of newness, I realized that it had nothing to do with time and everything to do with my mindset. January is undoubtedly the start of the calendar year, but it is not the sole catalyst for change. A new year is simply another year if your perspective remains the...

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Mindset Monday 2

The holidays are a time for joy and cheer, but with this season comes stress. The Holiday Shopping to cooking.  Cleaning the house for family and friends.  It seems like there are so many things to do but so little time. During this season, women especially take on a lot of responsibility.  Yes, women are amazing, but we must remember we are not superheroes and sometimes it is okay to acknowledge how you feel.  Remember: Your feelings are valid.   So, if you need to take a break from holiday shopping and cooking, it is okay – do so.  We are only human so as much as we love to think we have enough energy like the Energizer Bunny, we do not, and our bodies need rest...

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Permission to be a Priority

Being a woman is amazing, but it’s not an easy job! We have the awesome responsibility of caring for and attending to the wellbeing of our families, friends, and our communities. We hold titles such as mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, confidante, helpmate, rib, backbone, caretaker…you name it! We devote a great deal of who we are ensuring that others become who they need to be. We are socialized to do everything, and to be everything to everybody. But what do we do when being a woman becomes too much to handle? Many of us serve as the “glue”. We struggle with doing what’s best for us and doing what’s requested of us. Our capacity to keep giving and to keep going is often superseded by...

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Minds Matter

Sometimes we can focus so much on physical health, other aspects of our health can be overlooked but that does not mean that they are any less important.  With so much discussion surrounding mental health, it is important to understand that our minds do matter.  Whether you are living with a mental illness or not, it is important to understand that we all have mental health, therefore it is important to take care of it by not just treating our mental health when there seems to be an issue but taking preventative measures to avoid a possible crisis. So, what exactly is “mental health”? According to Medline Plus, they define “Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and...

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Giving Feels Good

We've all heard "it is more blessed to give than to receive".  But how many of us have really taken the time to examine the meaning behind this text?  Giving isn't just a good thing to do.  It actually makes you feel good.  Research has shown that people who give are more satisfied with life.  They feel as though they've made an impact and contributed to something bigger than themselves.  Giving is not simply a physical task, it's very much rooted in emotions.  Giving leads to tangible benefits for the receiver, and intangible rewards for the giver. There are 2 weeks left until the biggest giving day of the year, Giving Tuesday.  As you prepare to offer your financial support to the organization of your choice,...

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