6 Simple Ways To Improve Health Challenges For People Of Color

Health challenges for people of color

More than forty percent of Americans are people of color. They face higher rates of chronic diseases, including diabetes, obesity, stroke, heart disease, and cancer than Caucasians. People of color have also had a higher rate of COVID-19 impact due to higher rates of poverty. 1

Many factors contribute to these health challenges. Some include genetics, living in areas that lack healthy food, poor working and living conditions, less preventative care, less accessibility to care, and lower-quality care.2

Black Americans are the poorest ethnic group in the USA. Poverty is a prime predictor for lacking bare human essentials, including adequate clean water, nutrition, health care. Neighborhoods without easy access to supermarkets, known as food deserts, that sell fresh produce and other healthy foods are scarce.3

Many strategies such as advocating for the appropriate location of supermarkets and farmers’ markets and promoting of inner-city community gardens can have a significantly positive impact on the health of Black Americans.

Health risks

  • Black Americans have higher chronic kidney disease and end-stage kidney disease rates requiring dialysis or transplantation.4
  • Diabetes is 60% more common in black Americans than in white Americans.
  • African Americans are three times more likely to die of asthma than white Americans.Asthma is related to poor housing
  • Strokes kill 4 times more 35- to 54-year-old black Americans than white Americans.
  • Black Americans develop high blood pressure earlier in life, with much higher blood pressure levels.
  • Black Americans have a 20% -40% higher cancer death rate than White Americans.5


Simple ways to improve health outcomes

Sleep affects both mental and physical health. Sleep affects almost every tissue in our bodies. It affects stress hormones, immune system, appetite, breathing, blood pressure and cardiovascular health. Research shows that lack of sleep increases the risk for obesity, heart disease and infections. People that sleep less than 8 hours have been shown to eat more calories, due to the rise of the hunger hormone and, the inability to feel satiated.6

  • Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends.
  • Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature.
  • Remove electronic devices from the bedroom.
  • Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime.
  • Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day.
  • Turning off the screen at least 45- minutes prior to bedtime is important for the proper release of melatonin and to ensure the brain is not being stimulated. 7

Exercise not only helps to control weight, but it also helps lower your risk of heart disease. Regular exercise can also lower your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and help to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.  During exercise, your body releases chemicals that can improve your mood and make you feel more relaxed, and sleep better.8

Stress relief

Slow breathing—equal to about six breaths per minute—has been clinically shown to lower blood pressure while also having a calming effect.9

Quit smoking

Smokers have more than twice the risk for a heart attack as nonsmokers. Smoking also increases blood pressure, lowers HDL (good) cholesterol levels, and makes it easier for blood to clot. 10

Healthy eating

Make the switch to higher-quality whole foods and anti-inflammatory spices. Avoiding processed foods.

  • Include a variety of protein foods such as seafood, pasture raised lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), soy products, nuts, and seeds.
  • Eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables
  • Incorporate healthy fats
  • Fast for at least 12 hours a day to trigger repair and healing.11

*It’s always important to speak to your health care provider about the best diet plan for your body.



Simple supplementation to promote good health


This is the foundation for any health support regimen. It’s a good way to cover the basic vitamins and minerals your body needs for day-to-day function.


 The microbial ecosystem in the gut must be healthy for you to be healthy!  Our microbiome regulates various functions, including metabolism, digestion, innate and adaptive immunity, and gut-brain communication. 12


Promote a decrease in inflammation, support heart health, healthy blood sugar levels, mood, mental function, and metabolism. Healthy fats are essential for optimal health.13

Vitamin D insufficiency is more prevalent among Black Americans. Vitamin D protects against chronic conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers, all of which are prevalent among blacks.14

Trilogy from Vibrant health provides the three essential supplements suggested by health care professionals in an easy on the go pack. This pack includes an organic multivitamin, omega 3 fish oil, vitamin D3, B12 and a probiotic.


Time to make a change!

Our healthcare system and policies need to change so that all Americans have access to healthy, fresh food, the ability to afford treatments, and health care that is effective for their needs.




  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/09/health/coronavirus-black-hispanic.html
  2. https://drhyman.com/blog/2021/06/14/hidden-form-of-racism/


  1. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/departments/urology-kidney/depts/blood-pressure-disorders/multicultural-kidney-hypertension
  2. https://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/features/why-7-deadly-diseases-strike-blacks-most
  3. https://www.healthline.com/health/sleep-deprivation/effects-on-body
  4. http://www.sleepeducation.org/essentials-in-sleep/healthy-sleep-habits
  5. https://medlineplus.gov/benefitsofexercise.html


  1. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/17488-smoking
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/index.html
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6218795/
  4. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids-Consumer/
  5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16549493/















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