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

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 December 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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