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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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