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3 Foods That Make You Look Much Younger By Balancing Your Hormones

3 Foods That Make You Look Much Younger By Balancing Your Hormones

For hundreds of years, we have been searching for the Fountain of Youth. Wondering, is it a magical elixir, maybe a spell or does it even exist? Everybody wants to know the secret to staying and looking young!

You’ve probably gone through a similar experience. Have you struggled with dull, dry skin that makes you look older? Don’t worry! One of the easiest tricks to get younger looking skin is to change your diet. It’s that easy! It’s also more affordable than the expensive skincare products.

The 3 Foods That Make Your Skin Healthier

1. Avocados

Avocados can be your best friend when it comes to getting a glowing skin. Because avocados are high in fat, some people try to avoid them in order to lose weight. But, this is a mistake. Avocados are chock-full of monosaturated fatty acids, which promote good cholesterol.

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Good cholesterol, in turn, helps produce and circulate the hormones that keep your skin healthy. As an added bonus, the healthy fat in avocados strengthens lipid bilayers in skin cells. These lipids maintain cell membranes so that they can do their job – retain water. When your skin cells retain water, your skin looks soft and youthful.

To take advantage of avocados’ healthy skin benefits, eat at least half of one every day. You can spread it on breakfast toast with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt or even mix it up with a smoothie!

2. Eggs

Like avocados, eggs have gained a bad reputation and are sometimes omitted from diet plans. Yes, eggs are high in cholesterol, but it’s the good kind – HDL. HDL cholesterol allows your body to produce the hormones you need for plump, beautiful skin. Not only do eggs increase healthy cholesterol levels, but also provide an excellent source of protein.

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Try adding an egg a day to your diet. Hardboiled eggs are great for salads and sandwiches.

3. Dark Leafy Greens

Did you snub your nose at broccoli and spinach as a child? Well, it’s time to get over your aversion to dark leafy greens because they are excellent for your health, hormones, and skin!

Vegetables like kale, brussel sprouts, broccoli, and spinach contain high levels of sulphorafane and indole-3 carbinol. Not sure you want these natural compounds? You do. They work with the liver to produce estrogen.

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Estrogen is one of the best hormones for a healthy skin because it produces collagen. Collagen keeps you wrinkle-free and gives your skin a firm, supple appearance. It also improves blood circulation which gives skin an extra boost in its ability to self-repair.

To reap the estrogen boosting benefits of dark leafy greens, consume around a half cup every day. You can throw these vegetables in stir-frys, smoothies, and soups.

Now that you know what to do, you can start tomorrow! Don’t forget to drink the recommended 64 ounces of water every day so you can stay hydrated and help your skin recover.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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