6 Things That Can Make Your Period Irregular

June 10th, 2019 by Editor | Permalink

Most women’s menstrual cycle last anywhere between 21 and 35 days—but one out of 10 have irregular period or have super heavy flow. That could signify a lot of things, from periods that comes once every few months to ridiculously light or heavy bleeding.

Here are some of the reasons why your period seems wonky and some helpful ways to try to keep it as regular as possible.

Stress

Too much stress can cause a condition called anovulation, when the body doesn’t release an egg every month like it is supposed to do. When you are too stressed out, your body produces too much cortisol, which can interfere with the production of sex hormones—the hormone responsible to ovulation. Depriving yourself of sleep can also affect your hormone regulation and cause irregularity on your cycle.

Thyroid Disease

If you notice that your period comes more frequent than the usual once a month and has become lighter, it could be a sign of hypothyroidism. On the other hand, heavier and less frequent period may mean you have hyperthyroidism. Thyroid problems are more common in women, and typically occur in your late 20s to 30s, so having irregular cycles during this age could be a sign of thyroid disease.

PCOS

Sporadic and unpredictable periods can mean you have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a hormonal imbalance that causes women to miss their period, cause it to be extremely irregular or to not get their period at all. If you experience completely skipping a cycle, it might be a sign of PCOS. And since PCOS causes excessive production of testosterone, look out for other signs like noticeable appearance of hair above the lips, breakouts and difficulty in losing weight.

Drastic Weight Change

Drastic change in weight can affect the pituitary gland, and in turn create hormonal imbalance, messing up your body’s natural ability to ovulate. No need to worry, though, as this can be easily remedied by getting back to your healthy weight (granted that you don’t have underlying health problems that could be affecting your weight).

Extreme Exercises

Intense workout routines can cause a condition called athletic amenorrhea. According to researches, the stress and intense energy demands from the body can impact the hormones, causing the body to produce imbalance amounts of different hormones.

Some Medications

Blood thinners, like warfarin and heparin, can make the period heavier. Some antidepressants, antipsychotics and the drug methadone also cause irregular cycles. If you’re taking a new medication and you think it is messing with your period, raise this concern to your doctor.

If you currently experience irregularities with your period, it is best to talk to a gynecologist for accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

5 Habits of Stress-Free People

June 10th, 2019 by Editor | Permalink

Some people completely breakdown when under stress; others thrive when put to the test. Although there are people who are naturally relaxed, there are several habits those individuals who know how to manage everyday stresses in life. If you are someone who needs to learn how to activate your inner chill, here are five practices of stress-free people that you might also want to adopt.

  1. They do not sweat the small stuff

These people always look at things at a bigger perspective. They know very well that it is useless to work themselves up over these unimportant matters or things they do not have control on. They would rather choose to focus their energy and attention on more important stuff that they know will help them improve in whatever ways.

  • They are always organize

You do not stress yourself out if you know what you need to do. Stress-free people do not allow their hectic schedules and even responsibilities to rule their lives; they know how to prioritize. They take control of chaos and always make use of calendars and planners to make everything organized and on schedule.

  • They have healthy ways to release the stress

This is the most helpful habit to adopt to live a stress-free life. Individuals who are experts at managing stress have their own way of releasing the tension they feel inside. Regularly hitting the gym, having creative outlet, regularly going out with friends help reset your mind and keep your sanity in check.

  • They avoid drama

These people who are effective at managing their life are usually busy people. Since they are so used to driving their lives in the fast lane, they are experts at avoiding potholes—and drama is the biggest pothole of life. Gossiping on someone might be amusing for a little while, but it won’t really do you any good. Stress-free people do not gossip, they avoid it because it only wastes their energy and time, which they would rather use on more essential things.

  • They know when to take appropriate breaks

These people are stress-free because they know when and how to replenish their energy. Whether it is a weekend getaway, a night with friends or simply a chill Saturday at home watching Netflix or reading a book, they know when they are running low on energy and how to replenish. They do not wait until they feel depressed or get ill. They know when the tank is empty and when it’s time to refill.

Stress is part of our daily lives, so it shouldn’t be a surprise when you feel mentally and physically drained from time to time. It is just a matter of effective management to ensure that feeling stressed out won’t affect your work and personal life.

The Importance of Drinking Enough Water in Today’s Time

May 20th, 2019 by Editor | Permalink

Singapore is known to have high standards when it comes to water. So much so that even tap water is determined to be safe for drinking without filtration. This, in itself, is good news as we are lucky enough to have clean water to drink. But what can it do for us really? Why is drinking enough water important?

1. Our bodily fluids depend on it

Digestion, circulation, distribution of nutrients, and all other bodily processes need water to function effectively. That is because all of these rely on our body fluids to do their work effectively. Also, it’s not just our internal organs that need water, even our skin and our eyes benefit from being hydrated. This is also why our brain tells us we are thirsty. To let us know that the body is running out of water.

2. Water has a lot to do with the brain

The brain is one of the organs that demand water the most. Brain function is strongly affected by our hydration. Mild dehydration, for example, has actually been found to impair memory and brain performance. If we are dehydrated for a longer time, it can be severely detrimental to our thinking and reasoning.

3. Acts as a natural cleanser

In the present day, much of the food we consume is high in sodium. On average, we intake 3400 mg of sodium per day, even when the recommended intake is only 1500mg-2300mg. This is mainly because of processed food and fast food. When we consume too much sodium, our body won’t be able to flush everything out and they become toxins that are harmful to the body. In this case, water is important because it improves circulation and helps flush out all these excess toxins.

4. Boost physical performance

Staying hydrated can clearly improve physical performance. Why do you think you get thirsty even if you do just jog for a while? When we lose too much water through sweat during physical activities, our muscle tissues get deprived of oxygen and end up losing energy. Hence, physical performance becomes limited. So, always remember to drink enough water before, during, and after exercise or any physical activity.

5. Helps with weight loss

In relation to the point above, water can also help with weight loss. Many people, when they hit the gym trying to lose weight, drink sports drinks instead of water. Because sports drinks are relatively high in sugar, it can limit your weight loss efforts in some ways. The logic behind water helping with weight loss is also simple and really obvious. If you drink a lot of water before meals, you’ll feel more full and not eat more.

Simple Ways to Save Money

May 20th, 2019 by Editor | Permalink

For the fifth year in a row, Singapore is still the most expensive city in the world to live in. That said, if you want to live well off your income, you need to be better at saving and reducing your expenses. Here are just some simple ways for you to save money:

Be patient

Impulse buying is one of the many things that most get in the way with our saving efforts. Another one is buying things we don’t really need. To stop yourself from doing both of these, try to practice a little more patience. If you get really tempted to buy something you don’t need, wait for 10-15 days before making the purchase. That should be a good enough period for you to think about it and realize if you really do need it or not.

Record your expenses

One common tip that people share is to plan your budget for the things you want to buy. The problem is, some people tend to stray away from their plans because of unexpected (and impulse driven) expenses. That’s why instead of listing down what you buy, record your expenses after buying them. If you’re able to see what you’ve been spending on, you will notice which things are eating up your money and you will learn to avoid making unnecessary purchases in the future.

Go to flea markets

Flea markets are great places to shop for clothes and save money at the same time. Usually, people hesitate in buying from flea markets and thrift shops because they’re afraid of trading quality for something cheap. This is not necessarily true at all. In addition, the weather in Singapore typically limits your choice to clothing that’s convenient for the heat. So, check flea markets out!

Consider discounts

Generally, you should always try to avail of discounts and promos if you want to save some money. But, there is another side to this. Sometimes there are discounts that actually stack up and make you spend more without you noticing. Buying groceries in bulk if there’s a sale, for example, can be both good and bad. Good because you get items for cheap. Bad because you might have bought too much and the excess is wasted, meaning your money is wasted.

Turn lights and water off when not in use

So many of us leave the lights on in a room even if nobody is there. There are also some who leave their lights on when sleeping (you’ll sleep better if you turn your lights off!). Some would consider this a small thing but it really can help you save money from electricity bills. It’s the same case with water. While you’re brushing your teeth, only turn the faucet on if you’re already set to rinse your mouth.

5 Signs You Need to Add More Carbohydrates in Your Everyday Diet

April 25th, 2019 by Editor | Permalink

While you may think that carbs are the problem in your weight loss regimen, they are important as they are your body’s main source of energy – and there are problems that come when you’re not getting enough.

Here are five signs that you seriously need to add more carbohydrates in your diet to stabilize your overall health:

  1. You’re eating well but not losing weight

If you do a lot of exercise while consuming only less than eighty grams of carbohydrates in your system, your body will eventually adjust and slow down your metabolism in order to catch up with you.

  • You wear out more easily

There are many reasons why you tend to wear out more easily, especially when you’re only starting to get into a high-intensity workout routine, but this usually allows you to build up your stamina over time.

However, another sign that you need to get more carbs is when you notice yourself giving up more easily halfway through your working out.

Without your body’s main energy source, you feel more lethargic and don’t feel as if you have enough energy to go about your daily routine, and varying blood levels can even result in headaches and make it difficult for you to concentrate.

  • Your breath smells more than it should

Your body tends to go through a process called “ketosis” when there aren’t enough carbohydrates stored in your system, which uses up your body fat instead of your carbohydrate reserves.

However, while it’s a sign that indicates you’re burning through body fat, your body also releases chemicals that are responsible for making your breath smell bad, and you won’t be able to solve it by brushing and flossing.

  • You’re always in a bad mood

Aside from being your body’s primary source of energy, carbohydrates and starches also play a role in your brain’s serotonin production, which is a feel-good chemical associated with well-being and happiness.

This means that without enough starches and carbohydrates, you not only feel lethargic and find it hard to focus, but you also feel grumpy and in a bad mood through the rest of the day.

Additionally, you will also find yourself craving sugars for that quick fix to lift your mood, since the lack of carbs and starches can and will leave you extremely hungry and constantly wanting to eat something sweet.

  • You are often constipated

Believe it or not, starches and carbohydrates are often responsible for adding the bulk of the dietary fiber you need in your diet, which means that when you’re not having enough, you might just end up spending more time in the bathroom.

5 Things That Could Actually Slow Down Your Metabolism

April 25th, 2019 by Editor | Permalink

Mornings can be difficult to start especially when you don’t even feel like getting out of bed, but might be more than a few reasons that could explain your grogginess when you go about your daily routine.

In fact, if you notice your metabolism slowing despite your active everyday routine, you might actually be making the following mistakes:

  1. Abstaining from coffee and not taking enough fluids

Coffee doesn’t just make you feel more awake – it also boosts your metabolism and increases your heart rate, which is in line with giving you the energy to do more things much more quickly.

Water also serves as a replacement for the water lost to caffeine aside from simply staying hydrated, so when you don’t have enough of either of these liquids, you not only feel less energetic, but you also don’t burn as much fat as you need to.

  • Letting your muscles atrophy

The simplest reason why your metabolism is slowing down is that you’re not moving enough. When you start exercising, your body ups its metabolism to burn more stored fat, but it eventually adjusts to hold onto them, so you need to either maintain or increase your intensity.

You could also not be moving at all – most jobs today now involve sitting in front of a computer screen for several hours a day – in which case you need to get moving and working out.

  • Rushing your diet

Your body needs time to adjust how fast or slow it needs to burn through its energy reserves, which means the more you try to force yourself to lose weight, the more you only gain weight.

If you have to start making changes to your lifestyle, be sure to do it slowly and take it one day and one step at a time and adjust accordingly, all depending on how your body responds to the said changes.

  • Being too stressed out

Stress makes your body go through your food more slowly and lead to overall weight gain over time thanks to the constant craving for sugars and other foods or factors that can stimulate the brain.

However, it’s not the only thing that stress can do to a person – it can also cause the build-up of cortisol, which can lead to all kinds of heart problems later on in life if left unaddressed.

However, you don’t need to be in a high-paced environment or be swamped with paperwork just to be stressed – insulin resistance can be increased in people just by pulling up a single all-nighter, which makes sleep really important no matter how busy you are.