Assurance of One’s Self in the Gym

Assurance of One’s Self in the Gym

The positive declaration intended to give confidence.

A belief in oneself, the conviction that one has the ability to meet life’s challenges, and to succeed of the willingness to act accordingly.

The state of being strong enough to withstand adverse conditions or rough handling.

The quality or state of being physically strong.

Standards of something that’s measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something. 

Each of the above definitions are describing the words that we each strive to carry on the daily basics; assurance, confidence, toughness, strength, and quality.

A lot of times some of us lose or stop utilizing some of these words that are made to build us; whether it’s due to someone or something raining down on you, which has depleted the self-esteem.

Working out in general, whether you’re at home or at a gym, whenever looking at your reflection, you will then see a different, vibrant self.  This helps you to have more assurance, to be confident, to have that “toughness” on yourself to push through; maintaining strength when you feel like you can’t do any more, in order to be able to enjoy a healthy quality of life. 

Philippians 1:6: Being confident of this that he who began a good work in you will carry it onto completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 

Taking Things into Moderation

Taking Things into Moderation

When it comes to humanology, I found this information and wanted to share the science of understanding human nature. By understanding human nature, it means understanding what causes human beings to feel and respond the way we do.

The central theory of humanology explains the motivation behind every decision and behavior of every human being past, present and future. Now with that being shortly understood, let’s understand the meaning of good and bad habits of food choices, describing the different ones that we partake. 

Good eating habits for a healthier you:

  • Choose water instead of sugar or sweetened drinks.
  • Eat slower and mindfully, as it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to send out signals informing that you’re full.
  • Stick with one serving each meal.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat more whole grains. 

Bad eating habits for an unhealthier you:

  • Skipping breakfast
  • Eating too quickly
  • Mindless eating
  • Emotional eating
  • Endless snacking
  • Nighttime noshing

To avoid the unhealthy lifestyle, just simply doing things in moderation and watch your carbs and sugar intake. By doing this method you are able have more control over how much and what you are putting into your body. 

The total phrase “you are what you eat”, is a true statement, so make sure you make the right choices if you don’t want to deal with all the issues that the unhealthier habits can bring. 

Word to those who are wise, or even to those who try to be wiser:

Proverbs 25:27: It’s not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep.

How Lupus Affects the Body

How Lupus Affects the Body

Lupus is a worldwide autoimmune illness that affects over 4 million people. Although individuals of all ages can develop this illness, it usually affects women between the ages of 15 and 44. The topic of lupus can sometimes be a scary one, especially if the parties involved are not too versed in the illness. In this article, we hope to shed some light on lupus and how it can affect the body.

Lupus occurs when a person’s immune system attacks healthy tissue within their body, causing inflammation and chronic pain. Although it can occur in any part of the human body, the Mayo Clinic states that it usually occurs in an individual’s joints, skin, or internal organs.

There are various ways for someone to develop lupus, such as through genetics, hormones, and even the environment. Another aspect of this illness that’s worth noting is the way it can affect the nervous system. In Layman’s terms, the nervous system is a structure within your body where “messages” are sent to and from the brain and spinal cord to other parts of the body. 

There are three parts to a nervous system, the central nervous system, the peripheral nervous system, and the autonomic nervous system, and any time any one of these systems are affected, it can wreak havoc on a person’s body.

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When lupus affects the nervous system, you may notice a person’s mood begin to change or they have trouble concentrating. Some people may even experience more life-threatening symptoms, like strokes or seizures.

There are a myriad of symptoms that a person with lupus can experience, and it’s important to note that one person’s symptoms may look completely different from another person’s. Health experts say that it’s beneficial for a person to understand the symptoms that accompany lupus in order to detect any early signs of this autoimmune ailment.

Symptoms of lupus can include:

  • Headaches
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Hair loss
  • Chest pain
  • Swelling 

To see an extended list of lupus symptoms, we recommend visiting

Although there is currently no cure for lupus, there are ways that a person can reduce “flare ups.” Everyday Health recommends that the first way is by staying on top of doctor visits and informing your physician of any changes in your health. Also, continue taking any prescribed medications that your doctor has given you unless stated otherwise. 

Furthermore, a person should limit sunlight exposure as much as possible, and be sure to wear  sunscreen of at least SPF 70. If you would like additional ways to reduce lupus flare ups, be sure to visit the Everyday Health website.

If you or someone you know has lupus, please know that there is much help and support available to you. Having talks with your doctor, family and friends, and other individuals who may have this autoimmune disease can do a world of good. No man (or woman) is an island, and having a support system in place will help as you continue to navigate life with lupus.

Racism and Mental Health In The Black Community

Racism and Mental Health In The Black Community

Racism has always been an important topic in the black community, and in recent years the spotlight has brought an increased awareness of the issue to the nation as a whole. Mental health is also an important topic, but one that is not often admitted or addressed in communities of color. One aspect of racism that many healthcare providers are starting to point out is the emotional and mental side effects of systemic racism on people of color. Although Clinicians of Color have been speaking on this topic for years, it is only recently that non-POC experts started paying attention.


The Effects of Racism on Mental Health

People of color, especially those in the African American community have completely different life experiences than other races. As a whole, black lives have been marginalized since before the formation of the country, and have always been viewed as “less than” in just about every aspect of life. Bigotry, oppression, fear, and lack of proper access have created a generational mental health burden that is unique to the black community. In addition, the usual mental health concerns and triggers that affect society as a whole are also present. Living in a society where racism is a normal part of life causes mental trauma that is not fully understood. These traumas directly translate to an increase in mental illness which should be taken seriously, but is often overlooked.


Trauma & Mental Health In The Black Community

In the majority of mental health conditions that exist, the most common reason is past trauma. This can be as simple as a difficult childhood to a traumatic event. However, until recently racism and bigotry were not viewed as traumas that could lead to various mental health problems. Racial trauma that is obvious is very much a concern, however, the subtle and repeated traumas that black people experience on a daily basis are even more harmful.

Being a target of suspicion or being avoided due to fear and ignorance plays on the psyche in a myriad of ways. The systematic denial of services, loans and even proper medical care breeds inherent distrust that can seldom be remedied. The constant fear of arrest and incarceration is an ongoing trauma that is further exacerbated by wholesale racial profiling.


The Effects of Racism Against African Americans Seeking Mental Health Services

The black community has a strong distrust of doctors and psychiatrists, all with good reason. Aside from the fact that the black community has long been used as an unauthorized testing ground for all manner of treatments, many doctors overlook basic problems in lieu of giving severe diagnoses. For example, the percentage of people of color who suffer from schizophrenia is on par with that of whites; however, clinicians tend to focus more on psychotic symptoms when dealing with a black person. As a result, major depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health concerns are overlooked in favor of a schizophrenia diagnosis. 

As a whole, it has been proven that people of color are given a schizophrenia diagnosis at a much higher rate than other races, even when other mood conditions are present. Of course, this leads to the patient being overmedicated and their actual problem left undiagnosed and unaddressed. What’s worse, black children and black teenagers who are suffering from various mental health disorders are referred into the juvenile justice system due to behavior instead of being referred for mental health services.


The POC Community & Avoidance of Mental Health Concerns

Aside from being denied care or given inaccurate treatments, there is a rather large stigma in the black community regarding the need for mental health care. The general distrust of the medical field and the constant burden of racism has led to a generational avoidance of mental health services as a whole. If you suggest a black person visit a therapist, most will deny the need or state that such help is not effective. The fact that there are so few mental health professionals of color further limits the desire or the ability of those in the black community to seek help when needed.

How Racism Affects Individual Mental Health

Constantly being bombarded with outward and systematic racism leads to a myriad of mental health issues. Often this turns to anger and rage when there is no outlet or help is available. The most common condition caused by racism is depression, and in many cases, racial trauma actually results in PTSD. Increase racial stress causes problems not only with mental health, but also one’s physical health. Experiencing and observing racism both result in increased stress, high blood pressure, heart disease, anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. Unfortunately, racism and discrimination occur almost on a daily basis, this sustained pressure leads to often permanent changes in the brain due to sustained production of stress hormones.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Mainstream clinicians accepting that racism has a very real and tangible effect on mental health is the first step on a long path to health. Now that more medical professionals are aware of how racism can affect the mind and body, those seeking help from the black community have a better chance at receiving a proper diagnosis and treatment for their conditions. Convincing the POC community to actually seek help will take time, but knowing that there is a listening ear is a good place to start. 

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Your Baby’s Immune System and Vaccines

Your Baby’s Immune System and Vaccines

Most healthy children are born with a functional immune system that is further bolstered by their mother’s immunity contributions. Although infants have the basics at birth that allows them to stay safe from some viruses and bacteria, they will require much more protection as they grow. Every environment is rife with various pathogens that can cause illness, when they strike a person with a weak or immature immune system, it will cause illness.

There are many preventable diseases in the world that have been either eradicated or reduced to manageable numbers thanks to widespread vaccinations. Some of these effect infants more severely than older children or even adults. Whooping cough, smallpox, diphtheria, polio, and Rubella are just a few diseases that infants are protected from when they are properly vaccinated.

How Infant Immune Systems Work

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From before birth, your infant’s immune system is working hard to protect it from bacteria and viruses that you encounter. Once your child is born it goes into overdrive to keep it healthy. The immune system is a complex system made up of cells and organs that all work together to protect your child. The critical part of your infant’s immune system is its memory cells and antibodies. Memory cells are tasked with supporting your infant’s immune system to prevent disease and respond to infections quickly. Antibodies are tasked with eradicating harmful germs that may enter the body.

Immunity is how your body and that of your child prevent disease. Babies have had no exposure to the elements or even varied environments which means their protections will be limited. At birth, the immune system has not yet fully developed which places your infant at more significant risk of getting sick or catching an infection. One of the best ways to build up your child’s immune system is by getting them vaccinated. Not only will this reduce the risk of sickness, but it can also help make your infant’s immune system stronger by bolstering their natural defenses. Vaccines also help an infant’s immune system to develop immunity in a controlled and safer setting.

How Vaccines Work In Infants

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Although the chances of your baby catching whooping cough, measles, or any other diseases that are preventable with vaccines is low, it is important to vaccinate. Even a small chance is unacceptably high when it comes to the health and well-being of your baby. Vaccinations also help keep other children safe and keep the instances of preventable diseases in the community low to non-existent. The last thing you want is for your child not to protect at a time they may need it the most.

Vaccines are the best way to provide your baby the protection they require without exposing them to a live disease. The immune system uses vaccines to produce antibodies without your child ever getting sick. One of the great advantages vaccines have is that in addition to bolstering the immune system, it helps your baby to create memory cells. These cells represent a wall of protection in the body that will keep your child safe from certain diseases for a long time, and in some cases, forever. There are many vaccines available and new ones are being researched all the time. For example, chances are you caught chickenpox as a child and had to suffer through a couple of weeks of itchy spots. Thankfully, there is now a vaccine that allows infants to be protected against this uncomfortable childhood disease.

Why Infant Vaccinations Are Important

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Infant vaccines are the best way to keep your child safe from childhood diseases and other illnesses that are 100% preventable. Many organisms are seldom encountered in modern environments which means it will be much harder, if not impossible for your child to develop immunity naturally. At birth, your child will ordinarily be given their first vaccination. Their pediatrician will also schedule follow-up visits for their next several rounds of routine vaccinations. In order for these life-saving protections to be effective, it is critical to vaccinate your child on time and according to the provided schedule.

Aside from the first vaccination, all other vaccinations will start when your child is around six weeks of age. In most cases, vaccines will have several doses given weeks or months apart. Many of these vaccinations will keep your child safe from debilitating or deadly illnesses such as whooping cough. The initial shots will give your child the first stage of protection their body needs to start bolstering their immune systems. Once all doses are complete, they will retain maximum protection.

Can You Give Infants Multiple Vaccinations & Are They Safe?

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The thought of giving your child a lot of shots is probably not something that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling. Thankfully, most vaccinations are scheduled to be administered concurrently. Infants’ bodies are constantly defending against thousands of germs on a daily basis. For curious infants, this number only increases. There are germs everywhere, but thankfully their immune systems are generally up to the task. Getting several vaccinations at once is not only normal, it is completely safe. Infant immune systems won’t be overloaded when they get multiple shots because only a small portion of their system will be used to start building protections. Also, infant immune systems are able to replicate protections from the vaccines in a relatively short period of time.

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Simple ways to care for yourself during the pandemic

Simple ways to care for yourself during the pandemic

It can be easy to neglect yourself as we navigate the global pandemic that’s been changing our lives for the past year. Whether you are out of work, working more hours, adjusting to new schedules, or trying to stay as healthy as possible, it can be a lot to handle.

Healthcare professionals advocate the importance of caring for yourself during the pandemic, as it can do wonders for your mental and physical health.

Dr. Laura Maphis, a psychologist at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania said, “No matter which situation you find yourself in, remember that taking care of yourself mentally and emotionally plays a big part in your overall health.”

By not properly caring for yourself during such a pivotal time, you’re more likely to experience feelings of anger, stress, or depression.

This article by Elizabeth Scott gives some great information on self-care and how important it is to stress management.

There are various ways that you can practice self-care during COVID-19. Healthcare providers suggest doing the following to feel your best:

  • Daily exercise
  • Eating healthy food, supplemented with fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Making a routine for yourself and your family
  • Making time to practice a hobby
  • Reaching out to your loved ones via phone or video chats
  • Getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night
  • Taking time to relax and enjoy your own company

Although it can be challenging to practice self-care, it’s imperative to incorporate it into your daily routine so you can operate at your most optimum level.