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10 Things Every Woman Needs To Know About Her Hormones

10 Things Every Woman Needs To Know About Her Hormones

It seems like whenever anything emotional happens for a woman, we say, “it’s the hormones!” Whether she’s pregnant, PMSing, having her period, in menopause, pre-menopausal – whatever – it seems like there’s always a reason to blame hormones for a woman feeling a little out of whack – or acting that way. Sometimes, though, it is absolutely true. If this seems to be the case for you, consider these 10 things every woman should know about her hormones.

1. It must be your hormones!

Hormones are bio chemicals secreted by glands that travel through the circulatory system to target physiological functions in different organs of human body. They are delicate and can go out of whack if not handled carefully creating a host of health problems. Stress, unhealthy eating habits, medication, PCOS, pregnancy are some factors that can trigger off an imbalance in women.

Endocrine glands, which are special groups of cells, make hormones. The major endocrine glands are the pituitary, pineal, thymus, thyroid, adrenal glands, and pancreas. In addition, men produce hormones in their testes and women produce them in their ovaries. Estrogen, Progesterone, Cortisol, insulin resistance, Testosterone are hormones that normally affect women.

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2. How do they affect women?

Common symptoms are persistent weight gain, anxiety, depression, loss of libido, fatigue, infertility, growth and development, food cravings, digestion problems, belly fat and slow metabolism.

3. Keep them in harmony by detoxing correctly.

Toxins found in pesticides, plastics, household chemicals can contain hormone disrupting chemicals that mimic hormones in the body and keep the body from producing real hormones. Birth control pills can do the same thing. Detoxing helps. However, do not crash diet. Detoxing correctly requires specific daily nutrient intake.

4. Release tension and relieve stress.

Stress releases cortisol in the body throwing hormones out of whack. It is best to try some combination of low impact aerobic and strength exercise with stretching. Swimming and Yoga are best options.

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5. Eat right foods at the right time.

If you follow a balanced diet which includes organic fruits and vegetables, grains, brown rice, lentils, nuts, cereals, chia seeds, quinoa and sprouts, much of the problems arising out of hormone imbalance can be avoided. You can even extend and improve your fertility by including Omega 3 fatty fish, blueberries, cinnamon, honey, oysters, dairy, poultry in your diet. They are rich in nutrients and antioxidants that are great for reproductive health.Natasha Turner, author of  best seller ‘The Hormone Diet’ suggests eating at the same time routinely.

6. Sleep 

According to Dr Turner, ‘Skipping out on sleep or even tossing and turning against your will can cause your body to make too little leptin, a hormone that is crucial for appetite and weight control. A lack of leptin can make you feel extra hungry the next day and lead to weight gain. To optimize your rest and increase fat-burning hormones, try to get between seven and nine hours of sleep a night and maintain a cool sleep environment’.

7. Don’t go overboard on caffeine.

Drink plenty of water and avoid too much usage of salt and sugar in the diet. Try avoiding caffeine and aerated drinks as well. Too much caffeine can wreak havoc on the endocrine system.

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8. Supplements can balance hormones.

Magnesium found in bananas, dried figs, pumpkin seeds is great for sleep, PMS and cramping; Vitamin D is better for improving hormone functions; and Cod Liver oil is great for getting Vitamins A, D and K.

9. Choose coconut oil over polyunsaturated Omega 6 fats.

Polyunsaturated fats oxidize easily and cause inflammation in cells. When such cells become part of reproductive organs, they can cause problems like PCOS. So choose fats like coconut oil or olive oil over margarine or other chemically altered oils.

10. Hormones need fat to survive.

Extra belly fat can indicate one or more of the following hormonal imbalances: high estrogen, low testosterone, low DHEA (a hormone of the adrenal glands), high insulin and high cortisol. A major sign of a hormone imbalance is an inability to lose weight no matter how hard you diet or exercise.

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Awareness is key step to prevention. Adopt right lifestyle and diet and stay healthy and happy.

Featured photo credit: Women Hormones via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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