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For a lot of us, it happens almost every year. The leaves change, you’re rocking a new pair of boots, and then suddenly you feel it: a tickle in your throat. You know exactly what’s coming next.
Getting a cold when the weather changes can feel like inevitable. When it cools down, it’s a lot easier to get sick. But that doesn’t mean that you have to fight the sniffles this season. Focus on avoiding all of the germs that you can out there by following these tips. You will increase your chances of avoiding a cold (and use those sick days you saved up for something a lot more fun).
Take Vitamin D3
African-American women are more likely to be low on vitamin D than most, and it’s very important during cold and flu season.
This vitamin can cut your risk of catching a cold by half, and help you fight off a bug if you do catch it. Stock up on tablets and don’t miss a day of taking them.
No. I’m not a hippie or someone extremely earthy crunchy. While I do my part for the environment and am proud of my consciousness, this has nothing to do with a larger movement and everything to do with cancer prevention and the “little things” that can improve my overall health in the long-run. When I learned about the dangers of antiperspirants and deodorants, it was worth risking smelling a little funky.
First thing is: there is a difference between deodorants and antiperspirants. While deodorants neutralize the smell of sweat and combat bacteria; antiperspirants stop you from sweating, closing and blocking pores with powerful (and dangerous) ingredients, like aluminum salts, so they can’t release sweat. Our pores expel toxins for a reason, go with a deodorant for better health in the long run.
Our underarms are porous, have access to our lymph nodes, which fight bacteria and help control the immune response. Articles on the Internet have suggested that aluminum in antiperspirants can lead to breast cancer; however, the National Cancer Institute claim that there is not evidence linking aluminum in deodorant to breast cancer.
Read more about this woman’s experiment at HelloBeautiful.com
Will Smith is one of the biggest stars on the planet, and therefore, a major box-office draw. But over the last few years, the conversation about whether or not he can still bring people to theaters and deliver a good piece of work has gained traction. This was particularly the case after his high-budget film After Earth stumbled at the box office.
As pointed out by Smith in an interview with Vanity Fair, he often doesn’t care if critics aren’t a fan of his work (“It’s one day, then I’m over it”), but he did care that one of his most important projects to date, Concussion, wasn’t well-received by critics or fans. The issue of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and its prevalance in people who’ve had brain injuries, specifically former American football players, is one Smith hoped people, including the NFL, would take more seriously after watching the film.
“I thought Concussion would have a bigger impact,” Smith told Vanity Fair. “I knew it would be hard because people love the game, but the science is so overwhelming, and it’s something that we really need to take a look at. I thought that people would get behind the mission of that. I was surprised that people were absolutely like, ‘Nope, I’m not stopping watching football, so I don’t want to know.'”
Research published by Frontline on the brains of 91 deceased NFL players found that a whopping 95 percent (87 out of the 91) tested positive for the degenerative brain disease. The study was done last year by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University. The NFL has spoken out about such findings and even donated $1 million to fund research.
Smith did say that not all was lost, though. Former C.I.A. director David Petraeus told Smith that after initially wanting to avoid the film like the plague, he watched and was moved. Smith recounted Petraeus’s comments with the publication: “‘Listen, I just watched Concussion. My wife made me watch it; I didn’t wanna watch it. I had refused to watch it. That’s the best movie you ever made.’ That was the first time that someone had actually, specifically said they didn’t want the pain of watching it.”
Still, as Smith pointed out, he felt that a majority of people weren’t interested in facing the ugly truth about what happens when men sacrifice their bodies — and brains — for football. He joked about it, comparing Concussion to his box-office hit, I Am Legend.
“I got away with choking a dog to death—but you are not gonna choke football.”
Question: What do you say to yourself when you look in the mirror in the morning? Maybe a better question to ask is what do you think? We all have an inner monologue that plays in our head when we’re looking things over. When we feel like there’s progress to be made (and don’t we usually?), what we say to ourselves isn’t always positive. And the negative thoughts we have can impact the way we see ourselves.
Loving yourself and your body is very important. But that’s not the only reason you should remind yourself to be positive about the way you look. Studies have shown that women who make positive thinking a priority are more likely to make equally positive changes when they want to.
Saying these mantras in the mirror every morning can and will remind you to love yourself. Plus, they’re a great way to start the day.
Ladies, there’s a new birth control in town. It’s called Kyleena, and it was recently approved for release in October. If you’re thinking about doing something different when it comes to your contraception, or just want to know what Kyleena is, we’ve got you covered.
When it comes to birth control, women can never have too many options, and it pays to learn all there is to know about them all. The good news? This new form of contraception is meant to be, according to The Huffington Post, “the first device of its kind meant to offer long-lasting contraception to women who have never been pregnant.” The not-so-good news? Kyleena can cost around $500 to $900 to insert if you don’t have insurance. But if you do have insurance, it might be covered in full.
It’s an IUD
That’s short for intrauterine device. It’s tiny, T-shaped and a gynecologist inserts it into your uterus where it keeps eggs from releasing or growing.
In the email thread I’m included on for a lovely art collective and book club, we send each other messages about the different things we have going on and that are on our minds. One of the young women in the group sent out an email saying she was thinking of everyone after the recent shootings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, and the protests that followed. A few of the members responded, including one woman whose message struck me: “I’m sending you all back that love. Be ruthless about self care during these times.”
We underestimate just how important it is to look out for ourselves as the world around us becomes increasingly unstable. We are subject to images of our people being gunned down, we’re literally falling ill due to the chaos at our place of work, and we’re also trying to combat negative narratives that claim we aren’t enough of this, while being too much of that. When it feels like no one is looking out for us, we have to take care of ourselves. Self-care is central to good health and well-being, so you need to find a way to make it a priority. If you’re wondering how exactly you can practice self-care, here are a few examples to help you out.
Know When It’s Best to Say No
When we worry about letting people down, many of us end up saying yes to things that we know we really don’t want to do. We’re invited to an for work, and to make a good impression, we agree to check it out though we knew we wanted to do something else that evening. We agree to help a friend with something that we’re already overwhelmed by the idea of. We fit yet another responsibility into our calendar so that we can be everything to everybody. Know when to put yourself first. As one woman once told me, if something suggested for you to take part in “is not a hell yes, it’s a hell no.”
Clean up Your Circle
You can’t practice good self-care if all of the people you surround yourself with leave you stressed and anxious. If the individuals in your life don’t do a good job of bringing some much-needed solace into it, or they can’t even be positive when they’re in your presence, don’t feel bad about distancing yourself from such negativity.
Do Things That Genuinely Make You Feel Good
If you want to stay in your pajamas and watch Disney movies all Saturday afternoon, why not? If you want to paint your nails while listening to the newest Frank Ocean album, go right ahead. If you just want to sleep and restore your system so you can be your best self, make it a priority. Do whatever truly brings you joy so that no matter what, you can find your own little slice of happiness during hectic times.
Treat Yourself to Some Personal Perk
Treat yourself to a massage, some new shoes, an ice cream cone — some kind of treat to celebrate making it through another week. Reward yourself for being the awesome person you are.
Run for Your Life
I know that exercising sounds so cliché and lame, but the endorphins you can release after a good workout will bring about positive feelings and provide you with a reprieve from…well, the bullsh-t. Running six miles always sounds like an overwhelming task for me, but when I finish, I literally feel at my peak on any day.
Talk to Yourself
Talk to yourself, as in, check in with yourself. If something feels off, address it. If you’re feeling exhausted, make sure you carve out time to rest at some point in the day or throughout the weekend. Feeling more stressed than usual at work? Take advantage of those vacation days you let go to waste last year and go on a trip — even if it’s just a trip to your couch for a few days. Take note of how you’re faring and do what it takes to keep yourself from feeling tapped out.
Give yourself a break from the sensory overload that is social media. Log off and learn how to enjoy the moment. Disconnect from the foolishness for a day, or a few days, as it can definitely put your mind at ease.
We all know that exercise burns fat, but did you know that there are some foods that can do that for you, too? We were surprised to find that the everyday foods on this list actually help your body burn fat. The fact that you can find these ingredients in some of the best recipes for fall foods is just an added bonus.
So when you’re cooking something up in the kitchen as the temperature takes a dip, try including some of these ingredients. Depending on how you use them, they will help you slim down without you feeling the need to go on a diet more suitable for rabbits.
When Andrea Grant was 9 years old, she and her brother found themselves in a house fire that happened due to a gas explosion. Grant would recover, but would end up with more than 85 percent of her body covered in burns. The Jacksonville woman, as an adult, was told that because of the burns on her stomach, she wouldn’t be able to carry a child past four months. Because the skin of the stomach has to stretch, they worried that her skin wouldn’t be able to. The 24-year-old woman has defied the odds. She’s currently 37 weeks and planning to carry her baby boy to term. The first time around (she’s a mother to a 4-year-old named Jada), she stayed covered up. This time around, she decided to do a photo shoot with photographer Terrence Armand and wasn’t afraid to expose her scars to celebrate something truly beautiful. One of the images would soon go viral, garnering more than 20,000 likes.
“I really didn’t think that was the response that was going to happen,” Grant told the CBS Jackson, Fla. affiliate, “but I’m honored.”
The beauty takes extra special care of her skin to help it stretch. Twice a day she applies a combination of oils and butters to her stomach to ensure that it can do what it needs to do. The stretching is sometimes painful for her, but it’s worth it.
Grant also told CBS 47 that she created a group called “Beyond Scars” to encourage burn survivors and help them meet other women and men just like them. The Red Cross is affiliated with the group, and Grant is the perfect person to lead it, as her positive outlook (and smile) is infectious.
“Once you build your confidence, no one can take it down,” she said.
Check out a few more images from the photo shoot (and her shower) below, as well as her interview with CBS 47.
Should you get tested for early menopause?
Many of us assume that we won’t have to worry about menopause for quite some time. The average age for women entering it is 51, and anything before 40 is seen as uncommon. But for some women, menopause comes much earlier than that, even as early as your 30s.
Surprised? You’re not the only one. Early menopause is on the rise (and may happen to as many as one in 20 of us).
Experts say that many young women in early menopause are underdiagnosed. So if you experience any of these symptoms, it might be time to bring them up to your doctor. You may be one of the women for whom menopause is coming a lot earlier than planned.
You have two sweaters in your car (and one in your bag) at all times. You have a love-hate relationship with the air-conditioning, which your co-workers feel is necessary to have at full blast. You’ve been known to shiver in July.
If this sounds like you, you’re one of the millions of women who feel cold more often than not.
But being cold all of the time can be about more than preferring things at room temperature. Sometimes your cold nature is real problem. However, it’s a fixable problem. So if you’re tired of silently hoping that one of your co-workers turns the air off, check out one of these reasons you might be cold all of the time (and how to go about fixing it).