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Learn How Your House is Messing With Your Hormones and How to Fix It

Learn How Your House is Messing With Your Hormones and How to Fix It

These days many women suffer from different forms of hormone imbalance, which wreaks havoc on their bodies. If you are one of them, you are struggling to stick to a chemical free diet, eating only fresh, non-refined products. You’re also ditching chemical cosmetics and you go all natural or rely on home-made products.

And you are going to great lengths to reduce the amount of stress in your life and decrease your cortisol levels, trying to balance your hormones. But chances are you are skipping the most important endocrine disruptors: the home cleaning products.

Just think of the content of your cleaning kit! It’s probably filled with bleaching agents and other harsh chemicals which alter your health in many ways. The more you use these products, the more harm you do to yourself, as they leave tiny amounts of chemical residues on your home surfaces; in time, these small deposits grow and lead to allergies, mood changes and hormone imbalance.

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Household chemicals are linked to many ailments and conditions, so you need to give up on them and go green. But this can pose other issues…

Going green with household chemicals

Before you go shopping for “green” cleaning products you need to know that most so called eco-friendly products are not regulated by the government. The manufacturers are not forced to disclose the ingredients, which often means your “green” cleaning products are more dangerous than regular ones.

To avoid these products, simply turn to the nature: lemon, salt and vinegar are the most effective cleaning agents and they are completely safe for your hormones.

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1. Coffee for a fresh fridge

Coffee has multiple unexpected uses, among which is the ability to deodorize spaces. If you want to deodorize your fridge, oven or an item, just place a bowl with used coffee grounds in the funny smelling space for one day, then enjoy the fresh smell. The same effect can be achieved with lemons.

2. Sponge sanitizing

Sponges gather bacteria faster than any other object, so you need a strong solution to clean them. This solution is easily made from cold water and lots of salt. Dip the sponges in this solution for two hours to remove the germs.

3. Baking soda cleaning

Baking soda is one of the most versatile cleaning agents in your house, so stock on it. You can use baking soda to clean the oven or the microwave, without risking to eat traces of chemicals. Sprinkle baking soda on the oven, spray water on it and leave it to action for a couple of hours. Wipe out everything and rinse with a mixture of water and vinegar to remove the baking soda.

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Baking soda also works great as a carpet deodorizer and cleaner: sprinkle baking soda on the dirty carpet and leave it sit for a couple of hours before vacuuming it. You can also spray the baking soda area with water to remove stains and dirt.

One of the most dangerous chemicals in your household is the product used to unclog the drains – ditch it and use baking soda to do the job. Pour ¾ cup of baking soda in the drain and then pour ½ cup of white vinegar. Put on the plug and leave the drain sit for 30 minutes, then pour a kettle of boiling water.

Commercial products are rich in chemicals, so you can use baking soda to disinfect your clothes (add one cup to your laundry), floors and other germ-loaded areas, such as the kitchen counters or even the remote control.

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4. Pay attention to the vacuum cleaner

If you have carpets you need to rely on a good vacuum cleaner and baking soda. To make sure your vacuum doesn’t spread the dust around the house, causing allergies and respiratory issues, pick one with a HEPA filter. Other features to look for in your vacuum are strong suction power and rotating brushes, which you need to remove the baking soda and water mixture from the carpets.

A steam cleaner is also handy to clean the floors, furniture and other surfaces which require disinfecting.

5. Do the laundry the eco way

Regular detergents are loaded with toxic substances, so switch them with orange oil cleanser, which is safe for your health. You can use this natural product to do the laundry, clean the dishes and even the mirrors, thanks to the astringent power of the orange oil.

Featured photo credit: Maurizio/Flickr via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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