Taneia Surles, MPH

Health & Wellness Writer

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I'm a health and wellness writer and the founder of Content By Taneia, LLC. I have a Master's degree in Public Health with a Health Behavior concentration. 

I specialize in health and wellness, and productivity  content. I have bylines in Healthline, Giddy, Insider, Patient Power, and The Paper Gown (Zocdoc).

I'm skilled in creating blogs, long-form articles, newsletters, quizzes, and social media captions. With informative, entertaining, and SEO-friendly content, let's bring more traffic to your website or social media channels!

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Fight Sexual Ageism and Boost Your Sexual Self-Confidence

While some assume the thrill of sex dies down with age, that's just one of many misconceptions

For many individuals, having sex can release stress and be a way to explore different forms of intimacy with their partners. While some assume that the thrill of sex dies down in the latter stages of life, that's not the case.

Unfortunately, this popular misconception has caused many older adults to hold back on exploring their sexuality, leading to physical and emotional insecurities that can be dif

Here's the Rub on Syntribation, the Masturbation Technique of Squeezing Your Thighs Together

y first orgasm experience didn’t happen with a vibrator, during penetrative sex with a partner, or as a result of dry-humping a pillow. Instead, that first burst of self-pleasure came at age 15, simply as a result of squeezing my legs together for about 20 to 30 minutes. As I would soon find out, there's a word for this form of masturbation: syntribation. It's the act of squeezing or rubbing the thighs together to create friction and pressure until a climax occurs—and I'm hardly the only person

8 Ways to Alleviate Stomach Flu Symptoms at Home - Explainers

The stomach flu, also known as viral gastroenteritis, is spread by an infected person or through contact with contaminated food or water. The infection can cause stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and fever and weaken your immune system. Older adults, young children and people with certain health conditions are at the highest risk of getting the stomach flu.

You can limit your risk of stomach flu by taking preventive measures like avoiding contaminated foods and water, washing your hands often an

Support these 13 Black-Owned Farms and CSAs, Support Food Equity

Farms are direct producers of food and may sell their goods in local stores or farmers’ markets. They may also participate in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs.

Food producers are a vital but often overlooked part of a community. They employ, train, and empower people while producing and increasing access to culturally relevant food.

For farmers and CSA owners of color, there are clear links between sustenance, land ownership, and liberation.

CSAs are typically available througho

Can Changing My Diet Help My CLL?

If you are a patient with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), you may be wondering if your diet can affect your condition. The reality is that consuming nutritious foods and drinks can be critical to protecting your immune system and reducing some symptoms. Knowing what you should or shouldn’t eat can be helpful when adopting a healthy CLL diet.

Here’s an overview of how you can follow a healthier diet with CLL.

Can Diet Help With CLL?

While a specific diet for CLL doesn’t currently exist, ce

I had a rash on my arm that I thought was from a bug bite. After 2 years and countless appointments with 10 doctors, I finally got a lupus diagnosis.

• When I was in high school, I got a rash on my arm that I initially thought was a bug bite.
• Nothing we tried to treat it worked, and then it started to spread.
• It took two years and 10 doctors to figure out that I had lupus.

I remember the exact moment my life as a "healthy" child completely changed; it happened right after the summer of 2011. That summer was the last time I felt normal in my skin — then the rashes appeared.

It was a few months into my freshman year of high school, I not

Can ADHD cause apathy? Anhedonia and the science of losing interest

Do you ever feel intense boredom when other people have high energy and excitement levels? Or maybe your sex life has been unfulfilling because you aren't experiencing pleasure?

If you can relate, you may be experiencing anhedonia, meaning you don't get pleasure or no longer enjoy activities that once brought you joy.

Here's a look at what anhedonia is and how it can affect ADHDers.
• People experiencing anhedonia often show apathy and disinterest in social interactions and previously-liked

Men Are Subject to the Sexual Side Effects of Metformin

The ultimate benefit proposition of taking medications is to improve your quality of life. The side effects that accompany them, however, are often unpleasant. Nausea, headaches and fatigue are common side effects of prescription medications.

Then there are the ones that may affect your sexual function.

People with diabetes are not immune to such outcomes. A 2016 study in the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research suggested there are sexual side effects from metformin, a standard treatment

Lung Damage Poses Risks to Your Sexual Health

If someone were to ask you what the cause of lung damage is, you might reply smoking cigarettes. Or, perhaps based on our collective experience over the past few years, COVID-19 could serve as a proper answer, too.

While these responses are definitely on target, other unlikely risk factors can also cause significant lung damage. Keep an eye out for them, not just for the quality of your breathing but also the quality of your sex life.

Any kind of sexual activity—including masturbation, oral se

Eat Plant-Based During the Holidays and Feel Good About It

Here is your full guide to going plant-based during the holidays and making healthier food choices to feel good in your body.

This article shares research and recipes about going plant-based to manage autoimmune and chronic diseases and to take your health back today! Start incorporating healthier food options before New Year's to kick old habits goodbye!

Thanksgiving and Christmas involve three main components: spending time with family and friends, enjoying food, and giving thanks. Unfortuna

Can You Get Pregnant With Your Own Eggs After 40?

Not everyone decides to pursue parenthood in their 20s or 30s. Some may be focused on their careers or haven’t yet found the right partner to start a family with, and that’s okay! In fact, it has become increasingly more common for women to start “trying” later in life, with the average age of first-time mothers currently at 26, up from 21 in 1972.

While becoming pregnant after the age of 40 can pose significantly more risks, it’s still very possible to carry and deliver a healthy baby. Many ce

Children and Grieving After Loss To Suicide

As Suicide Prevention Month passes, we discuss the importance of discussing the support needed for families of color that have endured loss to suicide. In July 2022, my father sat inside his vehicle in my grandparents’ driveway and took his life. While he had a history of mental illness, his death was unexpected and took our family through one of the darkest moments we’ve ever experienced. I’ve slowly recovered from his untimely passing by prioritizing my mental health and doing what I love, lik

The Benefits of Antioxidants for Men and Their Sex Lives

Consuming antioxidants is a natural method for men to improve their health. Antioxidants are substances that aid in reducing cell damage, increasing fertility and maintaining overall health by inhibiting oxidation.

"The main role of antioxidants is to neutralize or scavenge damaging free radicals or reactive oxygen species," said Andrew Neville, M.D., an adrenal fatigue specialist at Clymer Healing Center in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, in an email conversation.

Examples of antioxidants include f

Breakfast Foods that Improve Focus at Work — The HBCU Career Center

Research shows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A healthy breakfast can improve your mood, fill your stomach, and give you the energy to have a successful day at work. In addition, a morning meal breaks the overnight fast, replenishing your blood glucose levels to keep you alert and energized. In many cases, unbalanced breakfasts can negatively impact your focus throughout the day and lead to higher levels of fatigue.

A healthy, balanced breakfast includes proteins, carbohy

ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder… in adults?

Most people experience days where they’re more aggressive than usual—possibly because of a difficult day at school or work, or perhaps they just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. However, those feelings typically disappear after taking time to calm down and re-assess the situation… unless there’s something deeper affecting their mood and demeanor.

For some children and adults, their defiant behaviors lead to problems at work, school, and home. If it's persistent, children may be diagnosed w

Common Symptoms of Infertility – What is Infertility?

On one of the most recent episodes of Hulu’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” Kourtney Kardashian had a bizarre encounter with her IVF (in vitro fertilization) doctor. The doctor recommends that Kourtney drinks her husband Travis Barker’s sperm to improve their chances of becoming pregnant. While this now-viral moment seems weird AF to others, many couples are willing to try any method to become pregnant.

Over the years, infertility issues have become an essential topic of discussion amongst

How to Overcome Doctor's Office Anxiety

Does the thought of visiting the doctor’s office make your skin crawl? Do you wait until you’re near death before going to the clinic? Fortunately, you’re not alone with your fear or distrust of the doctor’s office. A 2021 survey of 2,069 American adults revealed that 20% of respondents did not trust physicians or the healthcare system.

Of course, no one enjoys getting a shot in the ass to treat a bad cold, but staying on top of your health is essential. To understand medical mistrust, it’s cru

What is Hustle Culture, and How Does it Impact Mental Health? — The HBCU Career Center

Most people know that success in a career or building a business requires dedication, hardwork, time and effort. While success doesn’t happen overnight, achieving one’s goals can be expedited by a person’s determination. Nevertheless, the chronic stress that comes from a never-ending workload without the ability to rest can often lead to health problems in the long term. Over the past few years, “hustle culture” has become a popular term used to describe the incessant need to be a busy professio

Stay Active at Your Desk with These Tips — The HBCU Career Center

If you work in the corporate world, you’re likely at your desk 80-90% of your day. Billions of people across the globe spend a quarter of their entire day sitting at their desks. Prolonged sitting at a desk is a sedentary behavior that poses several health risks. According to the Mayo Clinic, excessive periods of sitting can lead to:
• None Increased risk of chronic diseases like obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer

Fortunately, there are many ways to increase movement at work (or at hom

How to Become More Mindful at Work — The HBCU Career Center

The workplace can be a demanding, fast-paced, and sometimes exhausting environment. Working 35 or more hours each week can become tiresome for busy nine-to-fivers and business owners. Job burnout, anxiety, and depression are just a few mental health conditions that can arise if a worker is unable to find the time to recharge and stay productive during the day. One method to reduce stress levels, strengthen professional relationships, and increase productivity at work is to become more mindful.

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