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Diet Transformation Health Benefits

Changing your diet is a huge transformation! In recent years, the vegan diet has been gaining notoriety within the black community. While this lifestyle has been practiced in our communities (think Rastafarians) for ages we can probably credit big named celebs for the surge in awareness. So why do stars like Russell Simmons, Beyonce, Mike Tyson and more transform their pallets and adapt this lifestyle? Russell Simmons credits health and spiritual benefits while Tyson and Queen Bey adapted the diet as a way to maintain their body weight. To find out if there’s any validity to these claims we did a little a research. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “vegan diets tend to contain less saturated fat and cholesterol and more dietary fiber....

Get Rid Of Mad Black Woman Stereotype In Your Life

We have all heard it before: the mad black woman stereotype. In fact, filmmaker Tyler Perry made it a household phrase with his “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” film. BlackGirlHealth talked with a professional about the danger of anger and why we should let it go. All in time for National Forgiveness Day today. Dr. Patrice Jucks counsels all ages in her Atlanta, Ga. practice. But she shed some light on the importance of forgiveness for women. She acknowledged the mad black woman stereotype and pointed to black women often bearing a heavier load. “There is a "mad black woman" stereotype that exists and just like most stereotypes, it came from ignorance and lack of information about black women, such a diverse group of people, who have...

3 Quick Ways to Down Your Fruits And Veggies

Fruits and vegetables. Can’t live with them, seemingly. And can’t live without them, literally. These food groups become essential for getting in your fiber and avoiding those uncomfortable, plaguing conditions, like constipation. Plus, these foods are typically made of a lot of water. That means lower numbers when you step on the scale because you get full faster without all the calories. And don't forget the lower risk of cancer and other diseases when we regularly get the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. Try these three quick ways to make it easier to get your daily dose in. Use it to keep yourself healthy or even for your kids' meal planning. 1.    Make it a mandatory part of one of your meals. I brown bag it for lunch and...

Ashanti Keeps Her Figure With Healthy Habits

This week’s #WCW goes to the beautiful music artist Ashanti. Most know her from being the first lady of the popular record label, Murder Inc., but these days she’s flying solo. Ashanti has always been known for her sexy curves and toned body. After being in the game for more than a decade, not much has changed. She continues to be one of the industry’s most admired beauties. Miss Ashanti has been noted as saying she has been a victim to yo-yo dieting and does have to work hard to keep her figure. According to ifitandhealthy.com, Ashanti states that “She has been counting her calories, and it works amazingly well. Obviously, you still need to go to the gym, get on the bike and sweat it out....

Breathe And Discover Your True Self With Yoga

Kick off your shoes, grab a mat, and find a spot on the floor. Today is International Yoga Day and a great opportunity to learn the benefits of the ancient practice that has benefited millions around the world. Whether you are a devoted yogi or you don't know the first thing about yoga, watch a short video from BlackGirlHealth contributor Candice Elise as she talks you through a couple poses and gives guided instruction that is sure to leave you relaxed and more self-aware. You may even discover your new passion. Namaste!  ...

IS MEASURING BMI A GOOD INDICATOR OF OVERALL HEALTH?

As early as elementary school, health practitioners in the United States have measured a person’s health using body mass index (BMI). However, as more and more workplaces are shifting towards health rewards systems that track measures like BMI, studies have shown that it is not actually a good indicator of overall health. “Body mass index is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by the square of the person’s height in meters.” One example of where BMI misses the mark is in the case of highly muscular individuals, who could be mislabeled as overweight because muscle weighs more than fat. A team of researchers from UCLA evaluated data from the 2005-2012 National Health Survey, contrasting measurements such as BMI with other indicators of health such as...

IT’S THROUGH FAILED ATTEMPTS, YOUR TRADE IS MASTERED

Remember when you were younger and thought by 25 you would be married with 3 kids a house, car & career working on your second degree? Or remember when you thought you could not live without that person who used to complete you? But look at you living & stuff! Or even remember the time you were sure your Homemade Makeup business would take off and you would be rich but you just ended up staining your carpets & most of the upholstery in your car with melted products?  This week I want to encourage you to go on. Plan A may not work, heck Plans B-E which were also pretty darn good ideas may not work either, but you’ve got 20+ more letters in...

BRINGING BACK THE 90’S LOOK WITH A TWIST

In the 90’s Janet Jackson set the stage for big braids in the movie “Poetic Justice”, now it seems like the look is coming back, this time in big twists, and its trending on social media. That is rocking the Crochet Twists. Natasha Ray explains the process saying "it involves getting my own hair cornrowed down to the base. Then the twists are added with an actual crochet hook. The hair comes pre-twisted." Ray also tells Blackgirlhealth that it’s a totally different look for here, but she is excited about it, “I was so nervous I'd never bought hair before after a failed attempt at cornrows years ago where my hair was easily distinguishable from the synthetic. So this way there's no blinding in process.” #Fabuloushairfridays ...

EXERCISE LINKED TO PREVENTING CANCER

Need motivation to get to the gym, well a new study may be all the motivation you need to burn a sweat. It shows that exercise can reduce the risk of developing 13 different varieties of cancers. The study involved the National Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School and collaborating researchers in the U.S collected data from 1.44 million men and women .The researchers found a reduced risk of breast, lung and colon cancers, which has been reported before, but they also found a lower risk of tumors in the liver, esophagus, kidney, stomach, endometrium, blood, bone marrow, head and neck, rectum and bladder. As a part of the study researchers looked at the intensity of exercise and calculated how that effected a person’s' cancer risks over...

GO FROM EMBARRASSING TO EXQUISITE ELBOWS & KNEES

Are you embarrassed by your dark elbows or knees causing you to feel less confident in short sleeve tops, shorts or skirts and forced to cover up? Well, do not feel alone as lots of ladies have this concern more commonly than you think. Women of color, especially, can have more pronounced discoloration of elbows and knees given more pigment within skin. Get excited to understand the most likely reason why you are ‘hiding your elbows and knees’ and get real effective dermatology based solutions. So stop concealing and start revealing exquisite elbows and knees! In general, it is natural for your elbows and knees to look slightly darker than surrounding skin due to extra thick folds of skin, especially your elbows. This extra skin is...