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Talking Herbs with Angelana Marie

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It really is no secret that most of us who have female reproductive organs have a handful of unpleasant experiences with our women's health month in and month out. And I am a firm believer that we shouldn't be turning into pharmaceutical hormone medication to resolve every issue that only disguises the root of the problem. What we need to focus more on is providing alternative holistic remedies for women who are wanting more than just another pill to take every day or night. 

My dream is to one day see OB and Gynecologist offices include fertility doulas, midwives, health coaches and women's health educators  that will provide holistic support services that can help women take their health into their own hands and help guide and  empower the divine female body. Obviously there is still a fine line of holistic vs western medicine, but I hope to one day see this blend come together for the greater good. 

Today, I like to let you know about natural herbs and supplements that can help provide natural remedies for women's healing and wellness. And technically we can avoid pharmaceuticals all together by healing directly with earths natural plants. To be quite honest, when I am suffering from a health discomfort, (and with all due respect to the modern medicine) I am always looking  for alternative natural healing remedies, so my body can have an opportunity to heal itself naturally. And if it  fails (which is rare), I will then start navigating for good doctors who have experience and are open to holistic medicine.

Okay, back to the herbs, below is just a few herbs that can help with some particular symptoms relating to women's health:
  • Ginger cann be used for nausea and upset stomach 
  • Peppermint can help with bloating and gas
  • Chast Tree Berry can help with mood swing and period related irratibility 
  •  Red Rasberry Leaf can help with menstrual cramps and heavy periods
  • Cranberry can help with frequent UTI's (Urinary Tract Infection)

While I continue to navigate for natural remedies and services, I met Angelana Marie  (she/her/they/them) this year and she started her own healing journey in 2010. A tumultuous journey that forced her to do shadow work in order to restore balance within herself. Thous this is a constant daily practice, she has learned tools and ways to assist her on her journey. She lives with endometriosis and an auto immune condition that has not been properly diagnosed. Meditation, herbs, crystals and energy work have been the main tools along with breathwork and earthing which have reconnected herself to her truth Which is forever evolving! 

She specializes in herbal medicine, crystal therapy, energy work, trigger point therapy, and fire cupping. The main purpose of her work is dismantling the patriarchy, racism, white supremacy, misogymy, colorism, ableism, and fat shaming, while uplifting and remiding queer, trans, black brown, disable folx, and the marginalized of their trught, magic, and power! Listen to Episode #47 to get to know Angelana's journey and how she discover herb medicine. 






Books:
1. African-Medicine-Complete-Healing-Remedies

2. Earth and Spirit: Medicinal Plants and Healing Lore from Puerto Rico
/Earth-Spirit-Medicinal-Plants-Healing


How to Find Angelana:
1. Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/brujitxsdelbarrio
2. Email: brujitxdelbarrio@gmail.com or dancingaurora@livec.om

(note: This blog post is not made for medical advice nor medical treatment, if you have a concerns with your health, please follow up with your medical provider and/or holistic provider)

I hope you enjoyed the podcast episode. Until Next time! 


MAXA a Community Healthy Store in Barrio Logan

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According to CDC, community health is a term used to describe the state of health and how easy or difficult it is to be healthy where people live, learn, work and play. The health of a community depends on the access to community resources such as healthy stores, wellness programs, community parks and much more. So as we strive each day to make a community healthy, I like to introduce you to a young entrepreneur couple who decided to open up a MAXA market in Barrio Logan.

The MAXA market was co-founded by Edgar and Gisel two Latinx enterprenuers who decided to take a leap to open up a small store that includes healthy Mexican snacks. Their mission is to provide the community with healthy alternative snacks as well as teach visitors and community members about the different products that exist beyond the traditional grocery store. MAXA team is one of many small groups in the community who work together to prevent disease and make healthy living options access in Barrio Logan.






Listen to Episode #46 as MAXA describes their journey




 Remember, you can help improve the health of your community by simply visiting, supporting and promoting MAXA market. Help out your community by becoming more aware of what type of  products MAXA has and share your discoveries with family and friends. I hope you enjoyed the episode and learned something new today!


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Where you can Find MAXA market










Edometriosis with Karinee Lopez

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According to womenshealth.gov, Endometriosis happens when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (womb) grows outside of the uterus. It may affect more than 11% of American Women between 15 and 44. It is especially common among women in their 30s and 40s and may make it harder to get pregnant.

Endometriosis happens when the tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of your uterus and on other areas in your body where it doesn't belong.

Most often, endometriosis is found on the: ovaries, fallopian tubes, tissues that hold the uterus in place and outer surface of the uterus.

Other sites for growths can include the vagina, cervix, vulva, bowel, bladder or rectum. Rarely endometriosis appears in other parts of the body, such as the lungs, brain and skin (womenshealth.gov)

Symptoms of endometriosis can vary from women to women and not all women  will experience the same painful symptoms, but a couple things to observe are the following:   pain during menstruation, painful sex, if your bleeding or spotting between menstruation cycles, painful bowel movements, digestive problems and infertility. If you are experiencing any of the following make an appointment with your medical provider to get a referral to a gynecologist specialist as well as  research for a good fertility doula and women's health nutritionist. Having a team of different experts can possibly increase your chances for learning how to cope with endometriosis and adapting a lifestyle to support your womb.

Another important thing to do is to start interviewing the women in your family to learn about what reproductive health conditions exist. Getting to know the women in your family such as  Mom, Sister, Aunt, Cousins, Abuela..etc. is an important factor of your reproductive health. The more you learn about the pre-existing conditions, the more you will become aware if you at risk or not. Overall this exercise will help you learn to empower your knowledge in women's health and family history.

Now, with that said, I would like to take a moment to introduce Karinee Lopez, she is a holistic endometriosis health educator. And after years of battling painful endometriosis symptoms, infertility, countless surgeries, hormone therapy, and suicidal thoughts. Karinee decided to take control of the avalanche life she was living to find a different approach to her diagnosis. Because of her journey, she is now dedicated to helping other women reclaim their health and power back from endometriosis.





Listen to the podcast to learn about Karinee's Story below:





Resources:
1. We Speak Endo: https://www.speakendo.com/endometriosis-resources
2. Womens Health.Gov: https://www.womenshealth.gov/endo

Books:
1. From Pain to Peace with Endo
2. The Endometriosis Health and Diet Progarm: Get Your Life Back


How to find Karinee Lopez
Instagram: Karinee Lopez
Blog: https://iamwellnesswarrior.net/blog

(Importante: The information on this blog is for education purposes only. Stories, symptoms, testimonials and all the content is raw, hones, an from personal experiences and is not to be used as diagnoses or in place of medical advice and care. Please consult with a medical provider if you feel you have concerns related to your reproductive health.) 


Girasoles en Marcha

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Thank you to the women who created a platform to inspire the next generation of Latina girls to grow, learn and motivate one another. Girasoles En Marcha is a 501 c non-profit organization who's mission is to inspire a positive identity for young Latinas through the preservation of their culture heritage and nurture a collective global unity. Check out their organization at: http://www.girasolesenmarcha.com to learn more about their mission, programs and core values.

I was really happy to have been invited as a guest speak for their Health and Wellness series to talk aobut menstruation, Listen to episode #43 as I share a reflection about period talk.







XOXO 
Lilia 

Is Having Good Posture Important?

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I'll confess upfront that I have the worst sitting and sleeping posture. And there are times like I feel that I am twisted sleeping pretzel. This is actually really common for most of us and I'm a pretty sure your mother told you: sientate derecha, camina derichita sin jorobar la espalda, ayyy mira levanta el pecho (Sit up Straight! and Don't Slouch!).





Yes ladies, our bodies get super comfortable staying in postures that are not healthy for the spine and body. The sitting position is where most of us get in trouble with poor postural habits. And as one focuses on their daily activity for the day in front of the computer, we tend to protrude the head and neck forward. So it's only common for the body, thoracic and lumbar spine to round forward too. When this occurs to our bodies, the weight of head and upper body are no longer balance over our unique spinal column. Instead we start to feel discomfort, back pain, tense necks and upper and lower back  body discomfort. And before you know it,  we are creating our own little hunch back version. At this point it's important to be consciously aware of your body posture and reposition yourself to support your spinal column. If you must, get up and stretch, walk around and readjust your seat for ergonomic health. 



On top of our body posture affecting our body movement, it also affects our moods and habits. Girlll... yes, everyday our body gives us signals about how we will end up feeling. Pay close attention to how your body is feeling inside and out. Just recently, I had to give myself a break from my own personal projects, social media and be more focus on what my body needed, "R..E..S..T"

Like most people, we could easily ignore the sign and symptoms,but what good will it do if we ignore our bodies. Instead listen to the body symptoms early to help prevent future injuries as we get older.

Listen to podcast episode #42




Remember this," body language is closely related to posture- the way we move our bodies affects how other see us as well as our own moods and habits." ~Belle Beth 


Resources:

(Importante: The information on this blog is for education purposes only. Stories, symptoms, testimonials and all the content is raw, hones, an from personal experiences and is not to be used as diagnoses or in place of medical advice and care. Please consult with a medical provider if you feel you have concerns related to your reproductive health.)

The Magic to Grow

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Before arriving to WeAllGrow, I reflected on several experiences, the good and the bad. And where I stood?! In the past two years of my life, I've done so much inward healing in regaining my confidence, power and self-love. That I wasn't going to let one bad experience burn the path for me, so I cut the cord to remove any negative vibras that came with it and packed my bags to go to the fifth We All Grow Latina  summit.

I was excited to return to WeAllGrow summit because this time around I wore my heart and sacral chakra's on my sleeve.  I was open to learning more about what it meant for me to return and why? Starting with the Ceremonia night that was co-created by disruptaging, musica by las cafeteras, and the amazing art work by the brooklyn bruja. The whole setting was created with buena vibras and before entering the space, we were welcomed with a ceremonial limpia for good energy and love. It was time for all of us to continue to flourish in areas that continue to spark a change for a better community.




As I floated around the outdoor space, I came across one of the brooklyn bruja art murals and there was a one specific mural that touched my spirit to the core, la " Diosa". Encountering this mural in person reminded me that the magic ke esta creciendo adrento de nosotras es divina, poderosa, y bello. As I stood in front of the mural with a warm smile, I knew immediately this was my womb alter; the one that honors my pain, rebirth and connection to my higher power. This is my Magic!

The Moon ( Cycles of Healing)  , Universe (Womb) , Hummingbirds (2 Spiritual Angels), Water (Healing Element), Crystal (Energy Work), Prayer Hands (God), Candles (Passion), Flowers (Life), Bases (Strength) and Stars (Magic).






 The colors utilized in the Diosa mural represent the following to my divine:
Lavender: beauty and feminity
Blue: open space, freedom and intuition
Teal:  open communication and clarity of thought 
Gray: intellect, knowledge and wisdom
White: safety, purity and new beginnings
Rose: warmth and positive attitude 
Yellow: energy, remembrance and honor

Remind yourself when you are in a gathering in an area full of energ,
Remember to "Be present!" nothing more and nothing less. 



Being present means stand with the community 
Uplift, Move and Empower 



I have to thank the  two wonderful mujeres for providing me two distinguish messages Dari Luna and All Things Ada. The first message was from Dari, as I stood still listening to the Cafeteras music, I remembered my arm being uplifted and saw Dari. I gave her permission to draw on my arm not knowing what it was really for until she was done. Part of the message was about my journey, there will be women who will give and others that will take, but in the journey "Trust" the path you are building because you will get to your destiny. My eyes teared and gave her a big bear hug, there was so much I wanted to express, but in that moment, I just cherished the connection.


The second message was with Ada, we have been WAG sisters from the getco, I've seen her grown, go through hardships and manifest. My New York Vecina and soon to be my Chicago Vecina uplifted my spirits by giving me advice to write a letter and really EXPRESS.....to let go of the most recent negative shift that can cause uncertainty, burn it and say "goodbye". Gracias por el consejo!


The rest of the night, I let loose, dance and listen to the music vibrations as my body dance it's heart out with all the beautiful women who surrounded the dance floor.  Together we sang, dance and laughed. And that's all that matter for the night, nothing more and nothing less. 



I want to dedicated this body art by Dari Luna to all the women who dove deep to 
HEAL, NURTURE and RE-BIRTH THEMSELVES through time.  
Protecting your MAGIC and your VULNERABILITY is REAL! 
No one has the right to step over you for their own personal gains. 
So if you must CUT the CORD, CUT ! To set it FREE
 and see the MAGIC is within you to GROW!! 




Self Care Tips for Spring Season

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Spring is the season to help declutter our lives by getting organized, make list, plan and schedule for spring projects. This is the season where women can focus on journaling, mind mapping and meditation for fertility wellness and purpose. 

The beautiful thing about Spring it's celebrated around the world because the new sunlight provides our communities much more than food, plants, animals and warmth. It provides an opportunity to experience change. The type of change that can involve your physical, emotional and mental needs.

Now is the time to shift our energy and provide ourselves a nurturing environment. Therefore, it's essential to spend more time outdoors to celebrate our health transition. Being outside and receiving the light of the Sun through from our skin helps incredibly for hormonal health, rhythm, fertility, bone health, immune function, and moods. 


A good dose of Sunshine can help boost your fertility whether your trying to get pregnant or have better hormonal balance for your menstruation. Sunglight affects the level of the hormone melatonin and a key vitamin that has a role in regulating women's reproductive cycle.

Spend more time outdoors by going for a walk, hike, or gardening because they all provide additional time in the sun that you need to boost your fertility. Clearly,please make sure to take preventive measures by using sunscreen to protect yourself from sunburn.



Why the Sun helps..

Vitamin D is crucial for the reproductive health, hormone levels and ovulation. Although vitamin D can be found in food, the main source will be sunlight. And when women have adequate levels of vitamin D, women can produce large amount of progesterone and estrogen. These both work to regulate your menstrual cycle and can also improve ovulation.

Get outdoors in the next couple of weeks and soak up as much Vitamin D as possible because it's necessary for healthy bone and embryo development once pregnant. Add some outdoor activities such as signing up for a outdoor workout class.

If you are unable to go outdoors because of your strict nine to five job, you can find vitamin D in a number of food such as milk, cereal, eggs, and fish. But, the amount we take in with food will not be sufficient. The majority of vitamin D you body needs is produced chemincally when sunlight is absorbed through the skin.

Below is a lunch sample of how to include fish as part of your meal: