Category Archives: Health Talk

Beyond BMI and Bathroom Scales

Measuring your weight on a scale, and using BMI as your marker of health can give false information if you do not know how to interpret it – an most people do not know how to interpret it. In order to really understand how little useful information BMI and scales give, you need to understand body composition. Continue reading Beyond BMI and Bathroom Scales

What’s The Deal With Antioxidants?

Our bodies are constantly running a bunch of biochemical reactions that make us work. We’re converting food to energy using oxygen, converting electrochemical impulses to senses through your nerves, converting excess energy to fat, converting proteins to amino acids back to different proteins. Our bodies are magnificent! With all this metabolic activity taking place, there is bound to be some sort of waste materials our bodies need to get rid of. Most of our metabolic waste is removed through our urine, but there is one type of waste product from all these chemical reactions that does not just flow out of us. Some of our metabolic reactions produce waste molecules called oxidants or free radicals. Continue reading What’s The Deal With Antioxidants?

How Stress Breaks Us Down

Stress is real and has real consequences on our health. Yes, everyone knows stress can feel bad, but when we remain in stressful situations we do not always have a clear idea about what chronic stress is doing to our bodies. Stress literally can be killing us. It is easy to place stress in the mental health category, and mental health is important and too easily neglected. Stress also affects physical health, literally breaking down your body until you develop illness. Here’s how it works. Continue reading How Stress Breaks Us Down

Dimensions of Health: Finding your own version of “Healthy”

What do you think of when you say “healthy”? Do you think of a certain body type, a certain physical size? Do you think of salads as the only type of food that can be described as healthy? Do you think in order to be healthy you must be free of any illness? If your healthy brings to mind the imagery or stereotypes that have been sold to you by an industry, then it may be time to rethink “healthy.” Continue reading Dimensions of Health: Finding your own version of “Healthy”

5 Tips For A Healthier 2016

The year is still new and people are making decisions about what they want to do differently in 2016. Although resolutions are notorious for being fickle and short-lived, there is nothing wrong with using an established transition period (like the start of a new calendar year) to signal self-improvement. Self-improvement is always a good thing to start today, whether today is the 1st of January or the 30th of November. For those who have chosen this time to make a commitment to better health, I want to give a few tips that can improve the chances of success and longevity of such a commitment. Continue reading 5 Tips For A Healthier 2016

The Importance Mental Health and Justice for POC

Mental health and mental illness is not a topic easily broached in communities of color, and from my experience, in Black families. Black women are expected to be strong, Black men are supposed to be hyper-masculine and tough. Struggling with mental illness is treated as a form of weakness that does not fit these expectations; a source of shame and secrecy rather than a real issue of health that needs to be addressed. Furthermore, mental illness, when experienced by POC, is systemically criminalized rather than treated. Just these two factors Continue reading The Importance Mental Health and Justice for POC

Aspects of Health We Often Forget:

 An introduction to the biopsychosocial approach

Many people seem to think and act like health begins and ends with the body. For a long time that is how scientists thought about health as well. However, before modern medicine, there were philosophies of health that incorporated more than just the physical. For some cultures the connection among health and wellbeing, the mind, body and even society has long been recognized. Continue reading Aspects of Health We Often Forget:

Thinking Differently About “Diet”

When I say diet vs. when other people say diet.

In the field of Nutrition, the word “diet” means something different from what it means to the average person, and I think this is a major source of confusion. When I say “diet” I am referring to all and any foods you consume, everything that goes into your body through your mouth really. When people hear “diet” they think the word refers to a specific Continue reading Thinking Differently About “Diet”

All About Fiber

Fiber is often treated as a throw away nutrient. It’s so confusing because even the scientists who categorize nutrients cannot decide if to give it it’s own nutrient category or if it belongs under another nutrient. I was lucky because my mother respected and understood fiber. She would say fiber is like a broom that sweeps out the insides of your digestive system. Continue reading All About Fiber

Water – Pure Perfection

People probably don’t realize water is a whole nutrient by itself. It’s that important. Most of our body is made up of water, our blood is mostly water and it is used to transport important nutrients, enzymes, hormones, minerals, blood cells, oxygen, carbon dioxide and waste products around the body. Urine (pee) is mostly water and is used to remove dangerous metabolic waste products from the body. Every cell in our bodies (we have several million of them) is essentially tiny bags of water in which all the chemical reactions Continue reading Water – Pure Perfection