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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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