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41 Health Tips

Disclaimer: WE are not doctors. This information is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice. Please see a doctor for specific medical advice.

In acknowledgment of the greatest risk factor to the health and safety of women and girls…..

  • Most people are dehydrated (especially in winter areas where you must heat your home) so do drink 6-8 glasses of water daily.
  • Got a headache? Try drinking a couple of glasses of water first before reaching for the aspirin.
  • Inhaling and drinking a cup of black coffee can help stop mild asthma attacks before they get worse.
  • If water makes you gag, add a slice of lemon or lime. Stick with trying to drink 1 glass a day for 22 days (21 days=new habit).
  • “To keep the body in good health is a duty. Otherwise, we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” ~ Buddha
  • If you have never had surgery, avoid cosmetic procedures until you know if your body reacts abnormally to scarring.
  • If your child is putting on unnecessary weight, look to your own cooking and feeding habits.  Lead by example.
  • If your child needs to control their weight, start exercising with him – but call it “play” – not “exercise”.
  • “A classic experience in the wellness world is wanting to be seen to be good and right and wanting to do racial justice work in a superficial way that allows white and white-passing folks to ‘do something’ without actually making the major shifts required for authentic anti-racism,” Rachel Ricketts, a Toronto spiritual wellness author and racial justice educator, said.
  • Never put a child on a diet. Instead, focus on slowing weight gain until she grows into the weight she is now.
  • If you hate water, start with 1 glass then make the next 5 soda water.  As you get used to water, start cutting down on the soda.
  •  To get your child interested in healthier foods, ask her to help you prepare and cook them.
  • Step away from the computer. Go do some stretches. NOW!
  • Instead of that second cup of coffee, wait 10 minutes; then consider having a glass of water instead.
  • Human beings are like car batteries: we start short-circuiting and run out of steam if we do not keep topped up with water.
  • To cut down on weight gain from alcohol during the party season, try dry white wine spritzers made with soda water.
  • Did you know that the higher the alcohol content, the higher the calories, when it comes to wine?
  • Red wines slow your metabolism down more than white wines due to a higher alcohol count.
  • People who are too rooted in habit are using the same worn neural pathways. Exercise your brain by doing new things.
  • If you seem to have low immunity, get your folic acid checked and consider taking it as a supplement.
  • If you avoid carbs for at least an hour after exercise, your body is forced to burn fat. (Share with your low carb friends.)
  • Install an air filter in your home if you have pet allergies.  And be sure to let someone else brush him – outside!
  • Food you eat can affect bladder health.  Be sure that fresh fruit is a part of your diet – your bladder will thank you.
  • Everyone knows about cranberries being good for your bladder – but did you also know pears can help too? (They balance acidity.)
  • Eating good yogurt can improve bladder health by strengthening cells and helping balance acidity.
  • Handwashing is never a “suggestion”. Wash thoroughly with soap and scrub for at least fifteen seconds before rinsing thoroughly.
  • If you frequently end up with bladder infections, consider cutting irritants such as caffeine, spicy foods, and acidic foods from your diet.
  • Avoid sunscreens with a citrus or coconut scent:  This may indicate the presence of psoralen, which speeds up aging!
  • If you have asthma, consider choosing aerobic (endurance-building) forms of exercise rather than anaerobic (e.g. sprinting).
  • If you need to carry an Epipen, make sure you always carry at least 2 (1 is rarely enough). And keep them current.
  • If something is not working in your life, get rid of it. The results will be less stress and better health.
  • Whether or not you opt for a low-carb diet, starchy or sugary foods should make up no more than 1/3 of your daily food intake.
  • Eat lots of leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale if you want to protect your eyesight.
  • Our foods and diets are no longer “pure”. It is now essential to supplement with vitamin D in the winter and Omega 3/DHA all year round.
  • Not only does smoking age your skin, but it may also cause cataracts, macular degeneration and optic nerve damage.
  • Be eye-smart: Winter or summer, use sunglasses that block out 99-100% of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.
  • Always wash your hands thoroughly when taking out or putting in your contact lenses. (How many do that, do you think?)
  • “My teacher (a white man) avoided any conversations about race, explaining that he wanted to ‘stay out of politics,'” Chauna Bryant, a Washington, D.C., pilates instructor and breathwork guide, said. “It is impossible to heal and feel supported in a space that will not acknowledge or discuss racism.”
  • Did you know that being overweight puts every system at risk – including your eyes?  Diabetic glaucoma is one of those risks.
  • Let us beat insomnia! Cut off caffeine drinks by 2pm and go to bed instantly when tired – do not wait.
  • “[T]he most triggering kind of racism has been the silence that I encounter when I highlight an injustice or talk about making wellness more diverse and inclusive,” Toronto yoga instructor Rebeckah Price said. “I call it the ‘wall of fragility’ silence. It’s dangerous and makes those who erect it comfortable in their compliance in perpetuating systems of oppression and racism.”

At WESurviveAbuse.com, we believe that the best health and wellness initiatives address the whole person. They do not leave out the impact that racism has on human beings because they know that racism greatly impacts the health and wellness of Black people around the world.

Black people are concerned about our health and wellness just like everyone else.  But it isn’t always easy to find quotes and anecdotes from Black people around this important topic.  The quotes used were found here.

Authored by Katie Adams, quotes can be found at:

https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/public-health/8-quotes-from-black-women-in-health-that-reveal-the-field-s-pervasive-racism.html

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