Black Does Crack: The Accelerated Aging of the Black Woman

tired black woman patient sitting on floor and embracing knees in studio

The only thing, no matter how long you live; that is truly yours, is your body”

J. California Cooper

The current state of Black women can be defined as looking good on the outside, while feeling bad on the inside. We have the hair, nails, lashes, makeup, clothes, shoes, and bags, and we are killing it! But life itself is killing us; slowly and biologically.

Studies have shown that biologically, Black women aged 7 years faster than non-Black women. Black women between the ages of 49 and 55 are physiologically 7.5 years older than white women. The primary reason for this aging is extreme stress. Systemic racism, socioeconomic disparity, transgenerational trauma, work, marriage, motherhood, caring for aging parents and relatives are taking a slow and often invisible toll on the Black woman’s overall health and wellbeing. Physically, remaining in a constant state of stress triggers an unending release of cortisol in the body. Over weeks, months, and years, remaining in this constant state of flight or fight results in organs experiencing wear and tear at a faster rate. This results in accelerated aging, declining quality of health, and increased risk of premature death.

Chronic stress can cause:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Weight gain
  • Emotional eating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Digestive problems
  • Frequent colds
  • Fibroids, cysts, and PCOS

The future for Black women may look bleak, but embedded in the fabric of every Black woman’s DNA is the ability to self-heal and change her life for the better. All she must do is activate the innate gift that has been passed down from our ancestral mothers and authorized by God. The Black woman is capable of regaining full control over her health and change the narrative for her blood line. No, it is not easy, but with a commitment to certain lifestyle habits it can be done! Join Melanin Rich Wellness on Saturday July 2nd, 2022, 9am-11am for a FREE “Health is Resistance” self-healing event. There you will learn how to activate your inherent power to self-heal and begin to leverage your innate power to be healthy, happy, and whole. Remember, “you can’t change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” Click HERE to register! And please grab your FREEBIES, HERE.

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