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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 September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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