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Beware Of These Common Foods! They Can Disrupt Your Hormonal Balance

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Beware Of These Common Foods! They Can Disrupt Your Hormonal Balance

Food plays a critical part in the hormone production according to researches [1]. The right foods can help in maintaining the proper hormonal balance while certain foods can disrupt the hormonal production.

The hormonal balance of your body controls several aspects of your daily life. Hormones influence everything from emotions, feelings, and weight to even the aging process. So it is really important to know what some of your favorite foods can disrupt your hormonal balance.

Let’s take a look at three of the most popular foods:

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1. Chocolate

Not all chocolates are bad. Unfortunately, most of them are high in sugar, which is found to exaggerate hormonal problems in women.

Research [2] was done to study the link between high sugar consumption, weight gain and risk of type 2 diabetes in women and the result is positive. As insulin is a kind of hormone, high sugar consumption exaggerates hormonal problems in women.

This is because when the body digests refined sugars, the blood glucose level experiences a sharp increase and can result in insulin resistance.

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So, if you’re feeling stressed and really want something sweet, reach for a bar of dark chocolate.

3. Bacon

Who doesn’t love bacon? Crispy, crunchy, salty, and smoky. Bacon goes perfect with breakfast or even on top of your favorite lunch sandwich. But, it could be wreaking havoc on your hormonal balance.

It is because bacon is high in fat and diets high in fat have also been found to increase the instances of hot flashes and night sweats in menopausal women, indicating its significant effect on hormones.

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So, you might want to replace that bacon, egg and cheese breakfast with a fruit salad and whole wheat toast instead.

2. Coffee

Coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks. But what effect does it have on hormonal balance? Aside from containing caffeine, coffee also contains phytoestrogens. Both of these chemicals can have an impact on your health.

The phytoestrogens in coffee, plant chemicals that act like estrogen in the human body, may be influencing the risk of developing disease later in life, particularly in women. Higher levels of estrogen have been linked to some reproductive cancers.

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To keep you energetic, try this to replace with coffee

Reference

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3888442
[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15328324

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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