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A Healthy Womb is Priceless

Women are caring for their families by putting their healthcare first

As a woman ages, she learns how important the health of her womb is to her family. She knows she is responsible for bringing forward healthy children.  The lack of a woman’s health should not limit her from having healthy children. Women live longer, healthier, and fitter lives by actively caring for their health needs as a priority. Women are caring for their families by putting their healthcare first.

Why do doctors suggest removing the uterus as the first option for treating uterine fibroids? Some physicians are unwilling to evolve in their approach to treatment, and others may not be experienced or knowledgeable about other methods. There are different methods professionals use to treat complications with your uterus. 

A woman may choose to have a hormonal uterine internal device (I.U.D.) inserted as a treatment or have a myomectomy procedure done depending on her individual needs. Additional treatment methods cause infertility. These include uterine ablation and hysterectomy. Being unable to give birth to children can make a woman feel inadequate because she needs to parent, educate, and nurture children naturally. 

The womb is essential to women who want to raise a family

The uterus is the woman’s womb, her cavity, that holds her unborn children before birth. The womb is essential to women who want to raise a family. When women are forced to give up their uterus because of health issues, it can be devastating. Women do not want their uterus removed if they have other options.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.), from 2006-2010, 11.7 percent of women between the ages of 40-44 had a hysterectomy. Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed annually in the United States, and about 20 million American women have had a hysterectomy. Https:// nwhn.org/hysterectomy/

Some women’s uterus is removed because of health problems associated with large or multiple benign tumors. Many women have gynecological problems that left them with deep emotional and physical scars. Many of these women have experienced forced entry into their vaginas and learned poor self-care. The internal health system can hide these scars in the woman’s mind, body, and soul. However, these scars are evident in a female’s moods and behavior.

Immature females need guidance from mature mothers or other women in their families. Young girls need to be shown how to perform self-care and emotion regulation. Girls between the ages of 7 and 9 should be prepared by their female parents or guardians about their menstruation and ovulation cycle. Many children have learned about their period from the bleeding in their panties. 

Parents must educate their children about their emotions, bodies, and hygiene alone

Youth will need information about their body even after going through numerous menstruation cycles. Some young girls still have no idea how to track their process or recognize irregular patterns. Education about sexuality and the prevention of promiscuity need to happen before a child’s menstruation. The emotions caused by menstruation may severely damage a child’s mind and body. Parents must educate their children about their emotions, bodies, and hygiene alone. These discussions with children must be planned and initiated by parents. Parents should provide a a safe confidential space.

Suppose a parent does not initiate planned parent education early, the risk of their teen son or daughter suffering from sexually transmitted life-threatening diseases or unplanned pregnancies, in addition to unsafe abortions, sexual abuse, and human trafficking. The mother must teach her daughter about her uterus and the sacredness of her virginity. She needs to know that she is precious, and her body is priceless. The purpose of a daughter’s uterus is for her family’s future, and it should be protected until the right husband is chosen for her by the father and immediate family.

Why does the family value a woman’s uterus as such a sacred space? The sacred space houses the growth and development of a woman’s bloodline. Without a pure and healthy lineage, the family does not continue. If the womb is damaged prematurely, it runs the risk of losing any opportunity to bring forward the next generation of advanced contributors to the family and community. If a woman treats her uterus like it is sacred, she will get the most value out of it. The problem currently in society is females, in record numbers, have damaged their uteruses before they matured mentally.

At birth, the uterus functions optimally without any interference from abnormal growths or blockages in the uterine tract. At sexual maturity and beyond, women can manage self-care through nutrition, exercise, and rest. Women can carry numerous births into full-term until she reaches menopause stage. Menopause comes early, if you have a hysterectomy prematurely.

The uterine tract is made up of layers and organs that aid in generating children. The vaginal opening leads to the uterine lot, where the womb is the focal point. The fallopian tubes and ovary organs are attached and are necessary for the fertilization process of mature eggs with sperm. The cavity that holds the child has an opening called the cervix is the first layer called the Intramural layer; next is the submucosal layer. The endometrium layer, the outer layers are the myometrium (muscle) and subserosal layers, and each organ is covered with a serosal layer. These layers support the embryo’s development by supplying the iron and other nutrients prepared by the menstrual cycle. 

Estrogen is a group of steroid hormones that promote the development and maintenance of female characteristics of the body. Such hormones are also produced artificially for use in oral contraceptives or to treat menopausal and menstrual disorders. Menopause is the period in a woman’s life (typically between 45 and 50 years of age) when menstruation ceases. There is a monthly cycle of estrogens and progesterone. Progesterone is a steroid hormone released by the corpus luteum that stimulates the uterus to prepare for pregnancy.

Some women carry multiple fetuses at a time. It is ideal to be pregnant with one child at a time, though. During pregnancy, a woman’s body requires enough iron in her blood to satisfy both her fetus and her own nutrition needs. Iron is essential in all stages of a woman’s life.

The deficiency of iron is a common cause of anemia

Often, women become anemic during menstrual cycles and pregnancies. Iron is an essential mineral necessary for transporting oxygen (via hemoglobin in red blood cells) and oxidation by cells (via cytochrome). The deficiency of iron is a common cause of anemia.

Puberty begins in the brain and then the body. It is the time in life when a girl becomes sexually (physical changes) mature. It is a process that usually happens between ages 10 and 14 for girls. Young girls begin to menstruate and can quickly become pregnant from sexual intercourse. Their emotions are unregulated during this time. They are not able to make logical decisions without interference from their feelings. Girls require education and guidance from their mother and direction and protection from their father at this crucial time of their life.

A woman’s medical symptoms and issues they experience do not appear transparent regarding their internal health. It seems the professional gynecologist is not able to recognize initial signs. Symptoms may not be evident because women do not recognize the differences in suffering from internal pain and pressure.

Women experience various levels of pain and pressure in their daily lives and monthly cycles. Women often internalize pain and stress to be productive in the home and care for their families. Women experience emotional and physical intensity from menstrual periods. The cramping, bleeding, and length of menstrual cycles are not specific, so a young lady could experience abnormal periods and not know. Women experience emotional changes during a monthly cycle. These changes are reactions to pain and pressure they feel in their mind and body. Both mental and physical changes may occur during the premenstrual, menstrual, postmenstrual, or ovulation stages.

It is essential to prioritize your health by making a schedule that includes sunshine, health education, nutrition, and regular exercise

Women in large families may experience common symptoms and view them as usual signs instead of a reason for concern. Many families have inherited health diseases that are environmental and have mistaken them as genetic ones. Uterine fibroids are common in women who are obese, experience long periods of stress without relief, and do not exercise regularly. Symptoms include the protruding bulk abdomen, depression, fatigue, incontinence, constipation, heavy bleeding, cramping pain, and shortness of breath. One may have uterine fibroids with or without symptoms. A woman must seek a health professional and have an ultrasound done with a pelvic exam to determine if she has any benign or malignant tumors growing on her uterus or uterine tract. Some other problems that could be associated with the above symptoms are uterine polyps and uterine cancer. It is essential to prioritize your health by making a schedule that includes sunshine, health education, nutrition, and regular exercise.

By Michele Ramsey

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Weight-loss journey & ways to stay motivated

In dedication to Janielle Wright, 100LB weight-loss in 10-mos.

Please watch the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uAOYl37Hds

Getting started on the journey

Starting a weight-loss journey is a decisive decision a person make regarding their willingness to achieve results. The key to a successful weight-loss journey is the person’s motivation factor. However, determination is what will get them started and ready on an intense and invigorating journey. I understand not all people desiring a weight-loss journey is self-motivated and perhaps might need encouragement from others. Depending on the level of pro-activeness will determine the person level of success. For the people who need motivation and an extra push, consulting a fitness coach or workout partner is just as motivating and excellent. It’ll guarantee results and the progress towards achieving concrete weight-loss goals. Nevertheless, for those who are self-motivated and geared up with the willingness to get started on a successful weight-loss journey alone, I applaud you every step of the way. A weight-loss journey may not always be the most comfortable milestone to achieve, but the hard work and efforts are so rewarding.

Understanding the reason for weight-loss 

     The number one reason for your weight loss journey will always be your starting point. It’s a gentle reminder of why you started and how far you’ve progressed in your journey. For instance, before and after photos are evidence of a person’s weight-loss journey uphill, meaning each milestone achieved resulting in apparent changes in weight, in which others will notice the difference. Nevertheless, practicing a healthy diet and exercise routine will guarantee interval results. The process will require sufficient amount of patience, mental strength and action, more importantly its imperative to work at your own paste and speed. Your weight-loss journey isn’t a competition against anyone else. It is about “keeping your eyes on the prize,” the prize being your weight-loss goal.

Healthy Affirmations

    Practicing healthy affirmation to fortify your mental strength is a working charm to keep you in transformation mode. Affirmation help keeps you motivated and encouraged you to eventually manifest high vibration, not just on your weight-loss journey but also with your entire life. If you don’t know what type of affirmation to use, listed below are some positive and uplifting affirmations:

•    I love and care for my body

•    I love the taste of healthy food

•    I am enjoying exercising

•    I love and feel great

Those affirmations are a few of many other statements inspired to get you started and motivated. After all, you deserve the best and you are worthy of the best. I understand as the journey gets tough, you are always one step closer towards accomplishing your goals. Whenever you get wary, think of those affirmations and repeat after me “I can do this, and I will do this” and say it again “I can do this, and I will do this.” Don’t ever doubt what you can do!

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7-Day Ultimate Cleansing

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7-day Unlimited Cleanse helps aid in detoxing the digestive system and colon by using multi-herbs and fibers to eliminate toxic waste within your body. It has specific steps on how to use the product according to the first three days of use. It is recommended that if you don’t have a heavy diet such as eating meat or other solid foods on a daily base to just stick to the two day procedure throughout the- 7-day Ultimate Cleansing process. This product is less than $30 and most certainly will  get results done  for a 2-part detox.

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Health Concerns: New Out-look on Soy !

One of the major “healthy” foods which isn’t really healthy at all that’s being pushed to the masses is soy.  In a kind of re-awakening which is simply just a trend of reverting back to healthy foods, so called health experts are penning soy products and its byproducts as a healthy alternative to dairy (still the worst).  Soy can be found in dairy free ice creams–there are even foods such as soy bacon, soy patties as a beef burger replacement, and soy milk.  It is overload.

Soy contains a high level of plant based estrogen, phytoestrogens, which causes excessive estrogen intake.

Phytates prevent the digestive tract from absorbing minerals.  They do this by preventing the enzymes from functioning and doing their job.

Soy is a goitrogenic food, which means that it destroys your thyroid.  When your tyroid is not functioning, weight gain is inevitable.

Trypsin is a digestive enzyme that breaks down protein.  Soy is loaded with trypsin inhibitors.

So it is safe to say that soy should be avoided at all costs.

They’ll get you one way or the other–they won’t put any dairy, but they will use soy.

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The Journey: Healthy Diet In Mind

A poor diet and stress seem to be the leading factors behind the high obesity rate among African American women.  Eighty percent of black women are considered to be overweight when looking at American standard norms.  According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, African American women have a 70% higher chance of being overweight compared to Non- Latino and Caucasian women.  Overall, the entire African American population has the highest obesity rates in the United States.

As black women, how can we overcome these life threatening obstacles?  We need to once again take control of our health.  This means making adjustments to every part of our lives.

Let’s start by taking care of the stress.  With busy work schedules and school schedules and everything in between like…motherhood; we have very little time for ourselves.  That must change because the numbers don’t lie.

Breathe—it works!  Despite your busy lives, try and take at least 15 to 30 minutes a day and mediate or just practice breathing exercises as directed by a licensed, professional physician.  Really…you may think that this amount of time is not enough, but you may see a decrease in your stress levels.  Exercise is another way to combat stress.  It detoxifies the body of chemicals by releasing them through sweat.  Having extra toxins in your body does add more stress.

Let’s move on to maintaining a healthy weight.  Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition!  You must have a nutritious diet.  Yes, I know firsthand how tasty, delicious, and traditional our diets are, but if something is slowly destroying you, you have to reject it.  Your diet should consist of greens primarily, fruits and the most important…water!  Exercise goes hand in hand with keeping a healthy weight.  Again, just take 15 to 30 minutes a day and do minor stretching, Pilates, yoga, and strength training as directed by a licensed, professional trainer.  You don’t have to overdo it, especially if your body is not familiar with exercising.  Slowly develop into the habit of exercising.  You will get it down pact sooner or later.  We black women have too many commitments and aspirations to let something as manageable as our health get out of hand.  Let’s take our health back!

*The information in this article is not written by a licensed medical or licensed fitness professional and should not be followed as actual medical and fitness advice.  Consult a licensed, certified professional for medical and fitness health advice.