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Are you the one who is proned to those really bizarre mood swings? A moment you might feel as if you are on top of the world and the very second moment you might feel as why on earth are you living! Women would be quite acquainted with this kind of a problem.
The chemical messengers buzzing inside play a very important role in ruling your body. They just do not take care of your appetite, sex drive, weight, cycle but they take even take care of your emotions. Hormonal weirdness is quite a common problem these days and over it no one has a control over it. Well, there are a few things that you should know that are responsible for screwing up your mental and physical health. The below mentioned are a few reasons:
Addiction to Sweets
Consumption of foods that have too much of sugar content is directly linked to adding weight to your body. Excess pounds in your body can make your body resistant to insulin – the hormone that moves sugar into your bloodstreams so that cells in your body get the required amount of energy.
Stressing out Late at Night
Staying awake until late nights can add to the anxiety levels. Normally, the stress hormone cortisol drops at nigjht time and the same helps you to unwind and sleep. So, getting anxious or tensed in the late hours means your cortisol levels are increasing.
Being an Insomniac
Lack of sleep tends to increase your cortisol levels and this in turn will increase your level of blood sugar. So ensure to snuggle in your couch at the right time and get enough sleep. Else, you would end up junking your system with different kinds of unhealthy food and that is also a way of stressing yourself. When you sleep, the level of hunger related hormone called leptin signals your body that you do not need to eat. Staying awake, your body will not produce the required amount of leptin and this will automatically make you feel hungry the next day. And, automatically your body will be prone to weight gain. Cortisol is the culprit here. Caffeine signals your body to boost the production of cortisol that can make you feel anxious and not in good mindset. So, just limit yourself to two cups of caffeine every day.
Attendance to the Gym
Without regular exercise, your body will not produce the appropriate amount of endorphins. Endorphins are the positive chemicals in the brain that will make you feel positive and alert. It also helps to keep your immune system functioning well by increasing your libido. The more you exercise or move about, the more endorphins your body produces. So ensure to fix up for at least half an hour of work out every day.
Crash Diets: Too much of dieting is bad. You must ensure to consume the appropriate amount of food on a daily basis. A balanced diet is a must.
Besides all of the above, another reason for women getting cranky is PMS. Generally, women have the habit of reaching out to sweets during their PMS. Instead of reaching out for something sweet, there are other foods too that can take care of your mood swings during PMS and they are: wine, sweet potatoes, skimmed milk and spinach.
We’ve been hearing about eating right and getting exercise . But if you are thinking this is only for young people, a new research is out to prove you wrong. Researchers at University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University have proven that women in their seventies who exercise more and take in more fibre have greater life expectancy than others who do not. The study was based on 713 women aged between 70 to 79 years and was conducted to find out the reasons behind physical disability in older women.
According to the study women who were active the most and having regular intake of fruits with vegetables were up to eight times more healthy and likely to live for the next five years. Participants who took part in the study were asked a series of questions to evaluate their physical behaviour. The complete study has been published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society so if you are curious, you can check it out.
It really doesn’t matter if you’ve reached 70 or not, there is never a bad time to start feeling healthy. For starters, get a piece of paper and note down your average calorie intake, how much fruits, vegetables do you take in and list out your physical activities. It can be even the smallest of things including a walk to the grocery store, cleaning your floor or anything else. Write everything down and you’ll be amazed to see the difference between calorie intake and what you actually need. It is noted that most people who are in their 60s or the 70s are mentally more tired than they are physically. This reflects in their behaviour and makes them prone to illness.
If any one of your dear ones are approaching 70 or even 60 for that matter tell them that exercise and eating right can make all the difference. Accompany them for walks, help them do small physical activities, make sure they intake enough fibre and I assure you, you’ll find them becoming happier and more vibrant with each passing day.
Doctors recommend adults to get at least eight hours of sleep in a day but where do we have the time right? Work, kids, chores, the list is just endless. Haven’t there been days when you just want to curl up in your bed and sleep twenty four hours straight? I’m going to tell you a simple but effective way to get rid of your tiredness and feel energized like never before. Take a wild guess! Napping! Napping doesn’t mean putting on your pyjamas and sleeping like you’ve been knocked out. A small nap can last anywhere from 10 minutes to half an hour. It is proven that a small power nap in the afternoon will energize you, improve your heart health and reduce depression.
Kind of makes sense doesn’t it? If you are sleepy you’ll not be able to concentrate on your work. So why not take a small nap to feel refreshed? An elegant solution indeed. Now I’ll tell you the basic dos and don’ts of napping. First off, make sure you nap at the same time every day. It might not be possible if you are working but you can always time your lunch break so as to squeeze in a quick shut eye. Another thing you should always make sure is to set an alarm at the exact time you want to get up. You don’t want to sleep off and miss work right? The ideal time to doze off is between 2PM and 4PM. It is not advisable to nap after 5PM as your biological clock will be already setting itself up to sleep through the night.
The last tip, find yourself a place you can nap. It is not necessary that you need a bed to nap on. Just find a nice quiet place with a comfortable chair and doze off. If you are still feeling tired even after napping, then it is advised that you visit a doctor because you might be suffering from sleep disorders such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea. Try to include napping in your daily list of things and I assure you’ll be more than happy with the results. I’ll be back after a quick nap. Have a great weekend everyone!