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Feeling Irritated? Your Everyday Products May Be Disrupting Your Hormones

Feeling Irritated? Your Everyday Products May Be Disrupting Your Hormones

Feeling anxious for no reasons? Have a bad temper when you should be having a great time with your loved ones? This can be really disturbing and affects your quality of life, especially when you cannot find out the reasons. And you might start to blame yourself for your character…The truth is, the everyday products you use might be to blame. As some of them can disrupt your hormones which largely affect our mood.

The effects hormones have on you can change throughout the course of your life. Hormones work to ensure proper development, behavior, and metabolic function. Sometimes your body produces the correct amount of hormones and everything is balanced. Other times our hormones are imbalanced and we feel strange or out of sorts. Hormonal imbalances can happen to anybody – man or woman.

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 Everyday Products That Disrupt the Balance of Hormones

Plastic

Do you use plastic? You might want to reconsider.

Plastic contains the chemical BPA, a known hormone disruptor. This is particularly true for #7 plastics, which can be found in detergent bottles, food containers, and toys (among other things). It can result in neurological, reproductive, immune, and developmental disorders, which can cause irritation.

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What to Do

When checking for BPA, don’t forget about canned goods. Cans are lined with BPA to prevent rust. Luckily, there are alternatives to BPA-containing plastics and cans. Use glass or stainless steel for food preparation and storage as well as for reusable water bottles. Always check the plastic number before buying if you have to buy plastic.

Anti-Bacterial Soaps, Shampoos, and Body Washes

Not even your soaps, shampoos, and body washes are safe. Many of these household products contain phthalates and parabens, both hormone-disrupting chemicals. Several studies have looked at how these chemicals can be absorbed by the skin, and cause skin irritation. One study in particular has reviewed the link between parabens and breast cancer, male reproductive function, and cancerous melanoma. Phthalates have been found to have an association with breast cancer, miscarriages, and disrupted reproductive functioning.

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What to Do

To avoid these problems, check the ingredient labels on your personal hygiene products before buying. Stick with products marked “paraben-free” and avoid any with “fragrance” listed in the ingredients, unless all of the components are clearly labeled. Fragrance mixtures often include these hormone disruptors and can be found other products as well, like detergent, diapers, and even garbage bags! Remember, the smell of a household product does not indicate its effectiveness.

You might not be able to completely eliminate these products from your life, but knowing about them is the first step. Taking proper precautions to safeguard your health begins at home.

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Additional Tips

Other things you can do to avoid hormonal imbalances include:

  • Wash your hands to get rid of chemical residues.
  • Try to consume organically grown produce to reduce your intake of pesticides.
  • Vacuum and clean your house often to remove any contaminated dust or dirt.

These are just a few tips for decreasing the number of hormone-disrupting chemicals in your life. Next time you go shopping, don’t forget about these synthetic chemicals. Trying to avoid them can help you live a healthier lifestyle.

Featured photo credit: Unsplash via pixabay.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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