My HormonologyWhich week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You get a special thrill out of finding out secrets today as rising estrogen gives your brain a bigger buzz when you get surprised! Does no one have juicy secrets around to buzz you with? Then get the shocking ending on all the latest films at themoviespoiler.com, learn how magicians pull off their stupefying tricks, like sawing people in half or levitating, at xploremagic.com/illusion or find out the secret ingredients in all your favorite dishes from Olive Garden, Cheesecake Factory, Applebee’s and other eateries from food sleuths who created copycat recipes at recipes.robbiehaf.com/Copycat.html and recipezaar.com/search/copycat.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You may get hit with pangs of jealousy when another woman is talking with your sweetie or you may feel like closely guarding your valuables today. The reason? As estrogen reaches its peak and you enter the fertile phase of your cycle, this hormone prompts you to become more concerned with holding onto your guy and your goods just in case you need all your resources if you get pregnant this month.

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You may be more concerned with getting the lowest price on a purchase today since lower levels of estrogen and testosterone are making you feel less confident about your finances. If you’re buying a product where you get to negotiate the price, like a car or a coffee table off of Craigslist, try getting the person you want a lower price from to sit on something cushy, like a couch or soft chair, then ask her or him to cut you a sweeter deal. Researchers from Yale, Harvard, and the MIT recently discovered that folks who sit on soft surfaces are far more willing to negotiate than those seated on hard ones! The link? As infants, physical sensations—for instance, hard and soft—are among the first feelings we develop and they become key to how we view the world and people around us, says study co-author John A. Bargh, Ph.D. For proof, just look at the way most of us use physical details to describe others: kind people are “softies” while stubborn people are “tough as nails”!

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: During this premenstrual week, it may be harder to keep your cool in stress-filled situations—for instance, when stuck in traffic, battling store crowds during a big sale or dealing with a difficult co-worker—as plunging estrogen lowers your brain’s level of mood-regulating serotonin. Now the good news: Researchers just discovered a surprising way to avoid blowing your top—sip lemonade, sweet tea, a slushie, cola or another beverage that contains sugar a few minutes before you know a tense event will happen. In a new study, volunteers who drank a sugary beverage before being deliberately provoked by experimenters remained calmer than those who drank a beverage containing an artificial sweetener, reports the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Turns out, sugar strengthens areas of the brain that curb impulsive behavior so you’re less likely to lose your temper!


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