Category Archives: Wellness

Black celebrities battle obesity problem on public stage

I chose to eat healthier back in January and lost 20 pounds so far.  The weight loss was secondary to me wanting to be healthier in general, but especially as Black Woman I felt it extra important to make a change not just for myself but to help set a better example to others.  I found this article on black celebrities who have battled with their weight loss issues in front of us all I wanted to share it with you.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂


Black celebrities battle obesity problem on public stage

Nicole Ari Parker was motivated by frustration. For Star Jones, it was a matter of life or death. Toni Carey wanted a fresh start after a bad breakup.


All three have launched individual campaigns that reflect an emerging priority for African-American women: finding creative ways to combat the obesity epidemic that threatens their longevity.


African-American women have the highest obesity rate of any group of Americans. Four out of five black women have a body mass index above 25 percent, the threshold for being overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By comparison, nearly two-thirds of Americans overall are in this category, the CDC said.


Many black women seem to not be bothered that they are generally heavier than other Americans.


Calorie-rich, traditional soul food is a staple in the diets of many African-Americans, and curvy black women are embraced positively through slang praising them as “thick” with a “little meat on their bones,” or through songs like the Commodore’s “Brick House” or “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child. A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation and The Washington Post earlier this year found that 66 percent of overweight black women had high self-esteem, while 41 percent of average-sized or thin white women had high self-esteem.


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Natural healing tips for depression

Considering I live in the south this article really hit home in terms of some of the depression I’ve seen and the fact that the south had the higher numbers.  If you moved to the south from another part of the country, leave a comment and let me know if you agree with what the article claims.  I’m glad they’re promoting a natural solution for treatment either way.

 Nyesha Samuel, Publisher for




Natural healing doesn’t have to be complicated – especially when it comes to helping people with depression or anxiety. With the right information – you can virtually eliminate the symptoms of depression without harmful (toxic) drugs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every ten people reports being depressed. The findings were that people between 45 and 64 were the most depressed, with women outnumbering men. The deep south of the United States had the highest levels of depression, in some areas ranging up to 15 percent.

Why is there so much depression?

If you look closely at our diets and lifestyles, you can see how they’ve contributed to certain conditions associated with depression. We see diabetes; allergies; chronic fatigue; hypoglycemia; hypothyroidism; heavy metal toxicity; and many more as contributing factors. Also, we have to consider all the different drugs people ingest on a regular basis.

Add to this excessive caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, sugar, and a lack of proper exercise, and it’s actually a wonder more people aren’t depressed. What could people possibly be thinking?

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Paul Grant Tackles AIDS and the Black Church

I know my blog is mostly hair focused but when I see an article that is very important for the community as a whole I feel the need to share it no matter what the topic.  Please take time out to watch the documentary that is being talked about in the article below.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think about it.

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Health Hero: Paul Grant Takles AIDS and the Black Church


Over the years, the Black church has been widely criticized for their moralistic attitudes and silence when it comes to the AIDS epidemic in our community. But here’s what we do know: There are some churches across the country that are tackling this issue from the pulpit and making differences in their communities.

Filmmaker Paul V. Grant’s new documentary, The Gospel of Healing Volume 1: Black Churches Respond to HIV/AIDS, which debuted at the International HIV/AIDS Conference in D.C. this summer, highlights some of these faith-based initiatives and discusses how our community cannot grow strong in the wake of AIDS without faith. caught up with Grant to talk about his documentary, why he’s passionate about raising HIV awareness and what he hopes the film will do to inspire HIV activism in the Black church.

Why was this the story you wanted to tell?

In 2004, I co-produced a documentary for BET called Tangy’s Song! It was about an indie gospel singer, Tangy Major, who contracted HIV in the late ‘80s. Yet despite losing her son and boyfriend to the disease, she was still extremely grounded in her faith. She believed that she was healed spiritually—I was really struck by that.

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Mediterranean Diet-Type Meal Proven to Lower Triglycerides Naturally?

I was very intrigued when I came across this article today.  I recently went from vegetarian to vegan so Mediterranean meals were already added to my meal mix.  But I had no idea just how beneficial these meal options could be to my health.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think and if a Mediterranean diet has helped you 🙂

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If you have high triglycerides, you may be thinking about eating healthier meals as a way to lower triglycerides naturally and reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease. Over the long term, switching to a healthier diet is indeed the best way to lower triglycerides naturally.  But what about the short term? Wouldn’t it be nice to know that by choosing a healthy meal you’re providing immediate benefits to your cardiovascular system as well?

A 2012 study comparing the immediate effects of a junk-food meal to a Mediterranean Diet-type meal has found just that: junk-food meals immediately damage your arteries, while Mediterranean Diet-type meals not only do no harm—they may even be beneficial, especially if your triglycerides are high to start with.

What is endothelial function?

Researchers from the Montreal Heart Institute at the University of Montreal compared effects of a junk- food meal and typical Mediterranean Diet meal on the inner lining of the arteries (the endothelium). The endothelium is not passive; it plays an important role in maintaining the health of the arteries by sensing and responding to various signals. The endothelial lining releases substances which cause the arteries to contract and expand in a balanced, harmonious way.

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5 Simple Ways to Focus on Your Relationships

Even though this article was written towards the end of last year I still found it very informative and wanted to share it with you all.  The suggestions are timeless and needed.  Leave a comment and let me know how applying these changes have worked for you 🙂

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Healthy relationships are one of the key primary foods in life. It’s vital to look beyond nourishing our physical body, and focus on that which nourishes our heart and soul. From friendships and marriages to siblings and co-workers, our relationships cultivate a community of companionship and support.

Healthy relationships have the ability to boost longevity, fight depression, and ultimately create an abundant life full of happiness. The health benefits of nourishing relationships are clear: research shows that happily married couples live longer and are less likely to have heart attacks; close friendships are proven to help cancer recovery; people who own pets are less likely to have stress-related diseases. 

Communicate – Whether in person, through an email, over Skype, or a good old-fashioned phone call, reach out to the people you love, even if it’s just to tell them, “I love you!” A little communication goes a long way in nurturing relationships.

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Bee pollen: One of the world’s most perfect superfoods

I can’t recall having bee pollen before, but this article definitely has me intrigued and thinking about putting it in my rotation 🙂

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One of the most unique substances on the planet, bee pollen, probably doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. This superfood possesses all of the nutrients essential to sustain human life, with a breakdown of 55 percent carbohydrates, 35 percent protein, three percent vitamins and minerals, two percent fatty acids and five percent other substances.


A phenomenon uncharted by science

Pollen is the tiny male seed, required for fertilization, that exists in blossom of flowers. When bees collect nectar from flowers, these tiny yellow, tan, orange, and brown balls of pollen stick to their legs, thus creating bee pollen. Bee pollen is a special substance that can only be produced by nature.

Man-made pollen does not possess the same unique properties, even though it is chemically identical, as far as science can determine. When laboratory synthesized pollen is fed to bees, they die even though all of the known nutrients are present. Even with the latest technology, science cannot identify some of the special components that exist in bee pollen. These components are likely the same ones that hold the key to its powers.

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Notable Black Celebrities Who Died From AIDS

HIV/AIDS is no respecter of race, class or celebrity status.

People of African descent know this better than anyone. Black people worldwide are disproportionately affected by the disease when compared to other races. To date, more than 230,000 African Americans have died from AIDS and, in 2010, 1.2 million people in Africa died from disease.

Some of those deaths included some high-profile Black celebrities.

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Natural Health: Coconut water is great for health

Sugar is one of the major reasons Americans are getting fatter and fatter. Each year, the average American drinks 52.4 gallons of soda, which equates to 52 pounds of sugar — and that’s just from soda.

These numbers are actually higher when you factor in infants and people who do not consume soda. For those who are still consuming drinks with artificial sweeteners, it is old news that you will struggle in your weight loss efforts as well.

Many people say they just can’t drink water — they don’t like it. These flavor (chemical) addicted people are depriving their bodies of the majority of what they are made up of. The human body is 70 percent water, not Pepsi or diet iced tea.  I pity the poor kidneys of individuals that drink very little water.

For those who are trying to become a healthier specimen, I may have an option as you transition from a soda swiller to a water lover. Coconut water is a viable option that is readily available to almost everyone. For young children that are bringing those unhealthy juice boxes to school, consider this a much healthier choice.

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Brazilian Mothers Fight for Natural Births

In Brazil, where natural childbirth fell out of favor years ago, more than half of all babies are born via cesarean section, a figure that rises to 82 percent for women with private health insurance.

But that trend may be turning around in a country with one of the highest cesarean rates in the world.

From the day Mariana Migon discovered she was pregnant, she knew she wanted a natural birth. So just weeks before her due date, the first-time mother abandoned her obstetrician, her health plan and her private hospital room for the free public hospital in downtown Rio — where she had a real chance at a vaginal birth.

“If I’d stayed with my health care plan and my doctor, I would have had a C-section,” said Migon, as she sat beside the incubator holding her baby girl, who was premature.

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African American Women’s Health Issues Missing From Magazines

Magazines have long been a primary source for entertainment and news. But as KU assistant professor Crystal Lumpkins points out, magazines are also crucial in providing women with tips and awareness on health issues.

Lumpkins was part of a team of journalism professors that examined four women’s magazines (Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Ms. and Essence) and their attention paid to health concerns among African American women. More than 130 articles were used in the study, and what Lumpkins found was that many of today’s popular women magazines routinely failed to discuss issues concerning African American women.

Spirituality and AIDS issues are two of several topics Lumpkins believes need more attention in general readership magazines. She talked with Susan Wilson about the critical role magazines play in driving the discussion of health issues.

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