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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 May 28, 2020

How to Overcome Boredom

How to Overcome Boredom

Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

What is Boredom?

We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

1. Get Focused

Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
  • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
  • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

2. Kill Procrastination

Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

Here are some ideas:

  • Do some exercise.
  • Read a book.
  • Learn something new.
  • Call a friend.
  • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
  • Do a spring cleaning.
  • Wash the car.
  • Renovate the house.
  • Re-arrange the furniture.
  • Write your shopping list.
  • Water the plants.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Sort out your mail & email.
  • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

3. Enjoy Boredom

If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

Final Thoughts

Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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