Natural Health for Natural Women

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Over the past year or so I have not been feeling so well.  I’ve been more tired and less energetic.  I believe it’s because I’m getting older  😦   and I’m starting to feel the aging effect in my body.  I’m starting to have aches and pains ladies.  Some of you can relate. Gas, bloating, insomnia, and hot flashes! My skin is drier than ever before, and so is my hair!  The dewy moisture of youth is starting to dry up!!  Lord, help me! 

Now, I’m not one who sits by and lets these things happen without a fight.  All my life, I have eaten the junk I felt like eating, and never paid the price.  I was thin and stayed that way up until my early 40s.  I have been eating more than my share of white sugar, white flour, fatty foods and hot chocolate mix.  At this stage of my life, it’s starting to catch up with me.  I’m 48 years old now, and my body is not able to put up with the junk  any more!  So I’m getting back to the basics of health!  Especially as an African American woman, it’s imperative that I am proactive about my health because as the statistics keep telling us, we black women have it the hardest when it comes to our health, in just about every category.

 In the past, I did alot of research on alternative medicines.  I informed myself about proper eating habits, medicinal herbs, and aromatherapy.  I’ve read numerous books by black women like Queen Afua concerning tapping into our spiritual health as well as our physical health.  Over the years I fell away from it all because it was just too easy to grab some fast food.  The fast food restaurants proliferate in our black communities, and in downtown areas where we work.   We get it coming and going. 

But, the power of change is in my own hands.  I have decided to take control of my health and detox my body.  First, I MUST SAY THAT IM NOT A DOCTOR NOR AM I RECOMMENDING THESE PRODUCTS TO ANY OF YOU!  But for me, I’m starting with vitamins.  Centrum Silver for those over 50 years.  I’m not quite there but that’s alright.  Then I’m doing a light detox by using the herbal teas from this company.http://www.traditionalmedicinals.com/.  I’m also taking MSM (Methylsulphonylmethane) because it’s good for joint health.  Of course I must do more research.  I’m only taking half the recommended dosage.

Another thing Im doing is up-to-date basic research.  There is a website called Real Age.com , http://www.realage.com/  where you can assess your health by taking their test, which is a series of specific health and lifestyle questions that they ask you, like:   Do you smoke?  Do you exercise?  Do you eat fresh vegetables? etc.   The questions are quite detailed.   Based on how you answer, you will be assessed with an “age” .  I  took the test earlier this year and found out that even though I’m 48, my “Real Age” is 55 years old!!!  NOT GOOD! 

So sisters, if you aren’t already eating your fruits and vegetables, I hope you start soon.  Too often we african american women are just stubborn and turn a blind eye to our own health.  We demand respect from everybody, as well we should, but we have to be willing to demand respect from ourselves as well!  Otherwise, we aren’t being really real, IMHO.  

Now if you are like me, you love your soul food.  Macaroni and cheese, greens, sweet potatoes, and cornbread calls your name on the regular!  But don’t you know that there are ways to cut a lot of the fat without cutting the flavor?  We learned how to use smoked turkey wings in our greens and it worked out!  If we are creative and learn to skim here and there, we can save many more calories and save our health as well.  After a while you won’t even miss the excess fats!  It’s better to get in the habit sooner rather than later and maybe when you’re my age, you can avoid getting the aches and pains!  It’s really not our portion as black women to be sick and immobile and run down just because grannie was.  God’s blessings for us include robust health into our old age, and we should glorify Him with our health.

Blessings

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