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Calcium Substitutes for Milk!

Growing up, everyone always tells you to drink your milk to grow big and strong. Milk is the source many people equate calcium with, but what if milk is just not for you? Milk isn’t for everyone, whether it be a dislike or an inability to consume it, milk does provide nutrients that we need, but it is not our only way to get them. Calcium is an essential nutrient we need for bone health. Here are a few calcium substitutes for milk: Oranges! Who doesn’t love a good orange? Oranges are filled with vitamin C and calcium all packed in a juicy ball sized fruit. Dark Leafy Greens! Get you some greens girl! When it comes to calcium people often think of spinach as their...

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Oral Cancer Awareness Month!

It is Oral Cancer Awareness Month! What does this mean for you? A lot! You might not have oral cancer but that doesn’t mean it is any less important. Oral Cancer Awareness Month raises awareness for the importance of performing self exams. There are some dental associations that provide free oral cancer screenings and also provide education and treatments for those who need it. According to MouthHealthy.org, there are over 51,500 people who are diagnosed with cancers of the mouth, throat, tonsils and tongue each year. This number is alarming. Again, the absence of oral cancer now, is not the impossibility of it’s arrival later. Do all that you can to learn about your body and that includes performing self exams and seeing a doctor...

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3 Ways to Fight Fatigue!

Fatigue is a lack of energy, exhaustion, and lethargy. One can experience physical, mental or both forms of fatigue. There are ways that some people fight fatigue and here are three of them: Exercise! Sometimes exercise can be difficult to start developing a habit in but it is worth it. When dealing with fatigue sometimes just getting up and moving helps tremendously. This sis not to say that you need to go buy a gym membership and workout five days a week or do two workouts a day. You could go ride your bike, take a walk in the park, go dancing, or even do some relaxing yoga. Getting your body in movement can help give you that boost of energy you need. Drink More Water! You...

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Exercise Myths for Women!

Myths are a tricky thing. One person can say it and overtime people believe them to be fact. Myths have made their way into health and exercise so it’s time we debunk a few of them. Myths: All Cardio Is The Best Way To Go: Cardio is great, but it is not the only exercise we need. Putting in more time doing cardio helps you burn more calories and create a calorie deficit, however, you need to build lean muscle as well. Strictly cardio is not the way to go but cardio and strength training is.Strength Training Will Make Me Look Like A Man: Sweetie, no. Women don’t have as much testosterone as men which makes it pretty difficult for women to bulk up. Strength training, although...

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Pros and Cons of a Pescatarian Diet!

Have you ever heard of the pescatarian diet? This diet is one where you do not eat any meat but eat seafood. Here are a couple pros and cons of the diet. Pros: Weight Loss! With the pescatarian diet, it can be much easier to intake less calories and many develop fewer cravings. In the end, it may be easier to develop restraint which in the end could help you lose a significant amount of weight.Broad Options! Although it may seem like you can’t eat anything anymore, there are still so many options you have. Seafood is broad, from different kinds of fish to shrimp and calamari. Not only this, but you can eat everything you normally do except for meat. Cons: Expensive! Living the pescatarian lifestyle can...

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National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!

National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day takes place every year on April 10 in order to educate the public about HIV and AIDS and its impact on young people. As we’ve discussed before, HIV is the virus that causes HIV infection. It stands for human immunodeficiency virus AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection. HIV is spread through contact with the blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, or breast milk of a person with HIV. HIV is spread predominantly by having anal or vaginal sex or sharing injection drug equipment, such as needles, with a person who has HIV. National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day aims to highlight the lengths the youth are doing to respond to the epidemic. In the United States,...

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5 Misconceptions About Natural Hair!!

Oil Gives Your Hair Moisture: This is a big conception. There are all kinds of moisturizers you can purchase from a store that will leave your hair well moisturized, but the best moisturizer is water. Make sure that if you choose to purchase a moisturizer is has water as its first or second ingredient. Oil then seals in that moisture, but oil is not a moisturizer.You Don’t Need to Wash Your Hair: This couldn’t be further from the truth! Our natural hair needs to be cleansed. It is true that, for some of us, we don’t need to wash our hair every single day and can wait a little longer without washing our natural hair, but we still need to. Depending on a person’s type...

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Exercise and Weight Loss for Women!!!

When it comes to losing weight a lot of women feel hopeless! We already know: drink lots of water and change your diet. Weight loss comes when you burn more calories than you eat, entering into a calorie deficit. Although this is true, we have a lot of wrong ideas or misconceptions about how to lose weight and what is the best way to do it. Cardio is an important part of the exercise portion of losing weight, but it is not the only way to lose weight. There are some common mistakes that we do that keep us from losing the weight we need to. One mistakes is doing too much cardio. Doing more cardio than strength training or doing too much cardio in general...

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It’s National Minority Health Month!!!

It’s National Minority Health Month!!! The point of National Minority Health Month is to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minority populations. 2015 marked the 100-year anniversary of the establishment of Negro Health Week by Booker T. Washington. This powerful Week brought about the month-long initiative we observe today. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, or NIMHD, organized the very first  “NIH Minority Health Promotion Day” on April 19, 2012, where they collaborated with other NIH Institutes and Centers, federal agencies, and academic and community organizations to honor National Minority Health Month. As women of color we are disproportionately affected when it comes to health issues and diseases. This makes it extremely important to educate ourselves. We...

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World Bipolar Day

Happy World Bipolar Day!!!!! World Bipolar Day is an initiative of the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder (ANBD), the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD). World Bipolar Day takes place every year on March 30 which pays homage to Vincent Van Gogh’s birthday because he was diagnosed, after his death, as probably having bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes unusual shift in a person’s mood, energy, activity levels and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.The point of World Bipolar Day is to bring awareness to the world about bipolar disorder and to eliminate social stigma surrounding bipolar disorders. Symptoms of bipolar disorder range between manic and depressive episodes. It is estimated that the global...

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