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Day 3: Too Much Sugar and Refined Carbs Might Make You Hairy

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Day 3: Too Much Sugar and Refined Carbs Might Make You Hairy

So, have you help debunk the myth that chicken is injected with growth hormones? Let your friends and family know!

This time let’s look at what you really need to avoid for your hormones sake.

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Relationship between hormones and sugar & refined carbs

Science has found that too much sugar and refined carbs can harm insulin (a hormone) resistance and cause excessive hair growth.

Too much sugar and refined carbs harm insulin resistance

Insulin is a hormone the body produces as a result of the digestive process. It identifies and signals cells to absorb the sugar circulating in the bloodstream. Insulin resistance occurs when the cells are incapable of using insulin effectively. In other words, the cells experience difficulty absorbing sugars, causing sugars to accumulate in the blood.

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Nutritional intake that is high in sugar and refined carbs often leads to more fat stores in the body, which can result in insulin resistance. Too much fat in the bloodstream creates byproducts that interfere with the insulin-signaling process; regardless of how much insulin the body produces, it will be unable to transport glucose into the cells causing the accumulation in the bloodstream.

Insulin resistance cause excessive hair growth

While increased insulin has a strong correlation with high blood sugar levels, it also can trigger growth factors. These growth factors signal the ovaries to continue to produce the male hormone testosterone, leading to excessive hair.

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How can I prevent or treat insulin resistance?

The best defense to prevent insulin resistance is a healthy diet and avoiding mass intake of sugary foods such as white bread, cakes, and candy. It is because foods high in sugar and refined carbs have a high glycemic index, meaning your body can easily and quickly convert these foods into glucose. Vegetables, fruits, dairy, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish, and other lean meats should comprise the majority of your diet. These foods contain many essential vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fiber needed for proper functioning.

Instead of drinking a carbonated soda high in unnecessary and harmful sugars, try drinking carbonated water or kombucha. The next time you crave a bowl of mac n’ cheese try replacing it with whole wheat pasta and marinara. (Don’t worry. You can still add cheese, but make sure it hasn’t been too processed.)

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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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