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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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11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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