My mom laughs whenever I say she will live to 120. I am convinced it’s possible due to the Blue Zones study and how my mom lives but what the book left out was racism and how it affects the Black community and our longevity potential.
A study of 55 Black women in the U.S. found that those with more racial discrimination experiences showed proportionally greater response in brain regions associated with threat vigilance and regulation of threat response. This is what chronic stress looks like.
This is something nutrition cannot fix. Racism has a trauma-like effect on Black women’s health. The researchers concluded from the study that being regularly attuned to the threat of racism can tax important body-regulation tools and worsen brain health. Per other studies, this kind of chronic stress can increase the risk of mental health disorders and additional future brain health problems.
It’s one thing when we have to deal with this stress out in society and at work but when we have to deal with it within our own families and in our home, it really works against longevity.
On this episode of the Raw Food Health Empowerment Podcast, I have a special guest Hannah Pillow who has spent a large part of her life living amongst a wide range of cultures. She was married into a Pakistani family, grew up in a South African Indian family, lived in Istanbul, Turkey for two years and now she’s married into a British family and living in the UK.
Having not just traveled, but immersing herself in other cultures, she has learned that we are all a lot more similar than we realise. This is why she started a podcast. She wants us all to open our eyes to how similar we all are while appreciating the things that make us unique.
I met Hannah in a community I am a part of full of women of color business owners and I resonated with her story of having hard conversations about race with her mother in law and other family members.
Talking about race is not easy for anyone yet it is important as it is a huge source of anxiety and trauma for people of color.
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// HOST Samantha Salmon
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