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6 Hormones That Make Women Age Prematurely

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Scientists claim that our body synthesizes about a hundred hormones and that 6 of them are important for female beauty. They contribute to the elasticity of our skin, preserve our youth, and even contribute to our good mood. However, due to unknown reasons, sometimes our body fails, hormones levels decrease, and a person starts to age prematurely. The good news is that there are reliable methods to restore the balance of hormones.

Bright Side has carefully studied medical literature and is ready to tell you how to sustain an optimal level of hormones. This will help your skin glow and make your nails and hair look like a million bucks.

1. Estrogen

Estrogen causes fibroblast cells to produce collagen and elastin. When the level of this hormone decreases, wrinkles appear, the face oval becomes uneven, and the breasts become saggy. However, it’s not just about the skin — the lower the level of estrogen is, the faster the body wears out.

How do you raise the level of estrogen?

  • Food. Soy-based tofu, soy milk, brown rice, flaxseed, fresh vegetables, and fruits. Scientists claim that meat products suppress the production of estrogen which is why it’s better to reduce your consumption of animal protein.
  • Cosmetics. Specifically creams that contain phytoestrogens. For example, serums and creams with licorice root fight aging because it contains liquiritigenin — an antioxidant that stimulates collagen production.
  • Food additives. Phytoestrogens are sold as dietary supplements in the form of red clover, oregano, or сimicifuga. Though they are not hormonal drugs, it’s still necessary to consult a doctor before taking them.

2. Growth hormone (somatotropin)

People tend to get somatopause with age — a condition when the level of growth hormones in the blood starts decreasing. When the levels of somatotropin are reduced, muscles decrease while fat and wrinkles start to appear in excessive amounts, the mood deteriorates, and endurance decreases. Hollywood celebrities often start to inject the growth hormones, however, this method has a lot of unpleasant side effects like swelling, headaches, and even uncontrolled growth of bones and internal organs.

How do you raise the level of growth hormones naturally?

  • Physical activity. Walking at a speed of 2.5-3.5 miles per hour, physical exercises with weights (10-15 reps each). It’s better if strength training precedes aerobic exercise — at first, work with dumbbells, then walk. Of course, walking outside is the best option.
  • Temperature changes. Visiting a sauna or taking contrast showers stimulates the production of growth hormones.
  • Sports supplements. Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) improves sleep and increases the levels of somatotropin.

3. DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone)

DHEA is a hormone that has a soothing and anti-aging effect. But the thing is that our body only produces it until the age of 30. After that muscle tone starts to fall, vessels become more brittle, and the skin loses its elasticity.

How do you raise its level naturally?

  • Include healthy fats in your diet — our body produces DHEA from them. Nuts, seeds, fatty fish, and avocados contain essential polyunsaturated fatty acids.
  • Eat protein products for breakfast — they help to fight against mood swings and stabilize the nervous system at the very beginning of the day.

4. Melatonin

Melatonin regulates our daily rhythms. In other words, it informs the body that it is time to rest. All cell renewal processes happen during sleep and if it is disturbed, people start to age prematurely. The lack of melatonin leads to the appearance of wrinkles, hair loss, and the formation of pigment spots.

How do you raise the level of melatonin?

  • Food. Melatonin is contained in bananas, tomatoes, rice, and corn.
  • Alcohol, smoking, and caffeine are contraindicated. When consuming them, the production of this hormone stops. Some drugs such as beta blockers, hypnotics, and anti-inflammatories have the same effect.
  • Food additives. Melatonin can be taken in pill form — and it is freely sold in drugstores. Some experts claim that we need to artificially restore the lack of melatonin after the age of 35. In any case, always remember to consult your doctor first.

5. Cortisol

A high level of the stress hormone cortisol leads to premature aging. Depending on the skin type, the negative effect of cortisol manifest in different ways — from a gray face color, to dry and peeling skin, to deep wrinkles and oiliness and acne. This hormone breaks down collagen fibers and makes skin flabby.

How do you reduce the level of cortisol and stress?

  • Drink enough water. Even slight dehydration increases the level of this hormone. And a small thing, like a glass of water, will help you to relax.
  • Food supplements with rose root decrease the level of anxiety and cortisol.
  • Listen to good music. Scientists say that music therapy decreases the level of stress.
  • Meditation literally makes our body decrease its level of cortisol without medicine.

6. Insulin

Insulin increases glucose levels in the blood, and whenever it gets out of control, early signs of aging appear on the skin. A high level of sugar leads to the appearance of wrinkles, as well as saggy skin.

Due to an increase of glucose, the process called glycation (the bonding of sugar molecules and proteins) runs faster than it should at a certain age which leads to the destruction of collagen and elastin. Elastic skin then becomes fragile and dehydrated.

How do you protect skin from an excess of sugar?

  • Consult a doctor in order to figure out the level of sugar in your body. After consulting a specialist, you can start treating the issue.
  • Cosmetics. Creams and serums with retinoids (vitamin A and its derivatives) stimulate the production of collagen. These cosmetic products should contain vitamins C and E, and green tea — they all work as antioxidants.
  • Use sunscreen daily even in the winter. Sun rays destroy elastin fibers and contribute to rapid aging.

Do you watch your hormone level? Tell us about your experiences in the comments!

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Cool husbands and boyfriends always try to make their other half feel special and the characters of our compilation are just more proof of this fact. From handmade gifts to expressing their purest manners, the men from this article are definitely doing things right.

Bright Side appreciates a sincere expression of emotions and invites you to dive into the world of love and care. Don’t miss our bonus at the end of our article — it will show you that a real prince can be extremely adorable.

21. “I replaced my wife’s bathroom scale so that she knows she is always beautiful for me.”

20. “Message from the gardener… who is also my husband.”

19. I made my girlfriend a sloth ice cream cake for her birthday because she loves ice cream and sloths.”

18. “My boyfriend of 8 years flew out to surprise me with a proposal in my favorite place.”

17. “My boyfriend left me the last piece of bacon.”

16. “I put my life on the line so my girl can have the perfect photo.”

15. “I made a bench for my wife out of wood I found in the back yard.”

14. “I’m a rock climber, so my boyfriend had these clay magnets made that look like him and me.”

13. “My boyfriend got in trouble yesterday. He sent flours to my office today to apologize.”

12. “My boyfriend surprised me with a fancy schmancy dinner.”

11. “Made an enchanted rose for my wife…”

10. “My boyfriend keeps figuring out what outfit I’m wearing out with him and matching it…”

9. “Came home from work today to this cake waiting for me!”

8. Another fancy dinner from another boyfriend

7. “My boyfriend puts cuticle conditioner on my toenails when I am too tired.”

6. “My boyfriend knew my old plant stand had broken and that I had nowhere to put my plants, so he made me one!”

5.“My boyfriend is always ready to help me with my craziest ideas.”

4. “My boyfriend tried to be cute and replaced a pizza slice with a cupcake.”

3. “I don’t have much money, so I made my girlfriend a bouquet of paper lilies as a welcome home gift. Think she’ll like them?”

2. “My boyfriend saved a piece of a rose from the first bouquet of flowers he ever brought to me and made a necklace for me for my birthday. ”

1. “I didn’t have time to go into town, so I drew a circle on my boyfriend’s hand so he could buy me the correct size hoop earrings.”

Bonus: And here’s a real prince (without a horse though) helping his princess with her hair.

Which of these deeds impressed you the most? We would be glad to hear from you in the comments!

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All our lives we’ve been taught that cats and dogs are enemies and that they can’t stand each other. Even the cartoons showed us this! But it’s not always the case. A lot of cats and dogs have special friendships and bonds and when that happens, it’s the most adorable thing ever!

Bright Side fully encourages peace between dogs and cats and that’s exactly why we’re excited to share with you 24 photos of our furry friends showing love for each other!

24. Watching the sunset in a cozy blanket with your friend

23. Couples posing for wedding photos

22. The dog immediately adopted the new cat and this is how they always sleep now.

21. Henry the dog and Baloo love enjoying the sunshine together.

20. This dog takes care of this one-eyed cat.

19. This dog doesn’t mind sharing the cone of shame with this kitten.

18. Little baby wants to play with his big bro.

17. Do you like this dog’s new hat?

16. Pup likes being the little spoon.

15. The softest and comfiest mattress

14. When your child wants to play with you:

13. “You’ve got this, little kitty.”

12. We might be dysfunctional, but we’re still a happy family.

11. The kitten is too small to be the big spoon.

10. Kitty is still not used to this new arrangement.

9. Both think the other is sleeping.

8. When you haven’t seen your significant other all day:

7. “Drive safe, honey.”

6. They always fight, except for when someone is taking a picture of them.

5. Looks like a romantic scene from a movie…

4. The dog is doing a good job of being a blanket.

3. This kitten loves its blanket.

2. This pup seems a little uncomfortable, but too shy to say anything.

1. When your friend is sad and you’re trying to comfort them:

If cats and dogs can get along, so can anyone else, right? These are honestly some of our most favorite types of pictures and we would love to see more! Please, if you have any photos of your pets being friendly and cute with each other don’t hesitate to share them with us!

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