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What Does Your Contraception Say About You? Episode 4

Is your contraception a choice or a treatment for a more serious issue?  Many women don’t choose to take birth control – they are told it is the only option to treat serious health issues including endometriosis, PCOS and other gynaecological and hormonal issues.  In Episode 4 of The Wellness Collective Podcast, I’m excited to say, Cecelia and I discuss the truths of using contraceptives like the pill and the mirena and how your hormone fix may be a far lot simpler than you might think.

We’re after long term solutions – not bandaids.  I think you’ll agree, treating the root case of any issue rather than just skimming about the edges treating symptoms makes far more sense.  You’re going to love this episode!

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Intermittent Fasting – What It Really Does To Your Hormones.

So you know, I’ve been fasting.  Truthfully you may not actually know but I did post a picture on my socials sharing of how I had been intermittent fasting for the past eight weeks and I can safely say my body is loving me crazy for it.  You, my favourite people had a LOT of questions and so in true NK style I knew I needed to pin down a date with my keyboard and tap this out for you, so here we are.

Intermittent Fasting in a nutshell is going for select periods of time without food.  I have written about it here before and dived right in, it’s worth taking a read.  Maybe if you had asked me just three short years ago my thoughts on fasting, I would have told you it’s a big NO for your hormones.  Truthfully though, we are always learning and hit fast forward I’m here today to say, I’m a big fan.  Not only have I been trialling it myself, but I’ve also been doing this with my patients for some time too.

With this in mind, I want to answer the questions that have hit my inbox over the past few days – to really help you decide if this is something for you or not.

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One Easy Solution To Balanced Hormones (plus a real fix to your stretch marks…)

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It’s fair to say, there can be many contributing factors to your hormone problems.  Perhaps you have a diagnosed issue like Poly Cystic Ovarianne Syndrome (PCOS) or Endometriosis, or maybe you suffer from Pre Menstrual Tension (PMS) or ovulation pain.  At the core of any gynaecological issue generally lies your very own hormone imbalance, be it big or small.  But one of the contributing factors to your unhappy hormones may lie within your personal care products.  Cosmetics, hair care and body products play a huge role to your hormone health, because our conventional products most often contact endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC’s) and it is these very ingredients that interfere with your own normal hormone imbalance.

It’s a good time to point out that your skin is indeed your largest organ, and whilst it may be big ol’ barrier between you and your internal organs, it absorbs up to 80% of what you apply topically.  This is then directly absorbed into your blood stream.

Effectively, this is like a slip stream to your Endocrine System.

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The One Thing Robbing You Of Happy Balanced Hormones

Find yourself each and every month wading through a battle of fluid retention, tender breasts, a mood that matches your 94 year old grandpa (on a good day) and a feeling of of hefty overwhelm? I’ve got some clues!  It’s time to unlock some truths as to what might really be going on and why your hormones are begging for little housekeeping.

Making sex hormones is a tough gig.  Here’s why;

Your ovaries are master players in sex hormone secretion, specifically the big guys – oestrogen and progesterone.  Whilst the majority of your progesterone is produced in the ovaries, a small amount is also produced in the adrenals.  It then gets converted to other hormones, including cortisol.

I’ve spoken about your adrenals many times here before but I have to say this specific topic of hormone battle is one of my faves, that is how cortisol can have it’s way with your sex hormones.  This is probably because so many women fall victim to this torturous coping mechanism and it is one of the most common issues I see in clinic to date.

You’re adrenals are super important. They are constantly sensitive to the stress you expose your body to and truth be told, this happens whether you think you ‘cope’ well with stress or not, they are always to your rescue and at the read to protect.  Their response is to produce cortisol as well neurotransmitters to help push the body into overdrive under stress and switch off any unnecessary energy usage like say, digestion (because who needs to chow down on a bowl of pokè when you’re trying to save yourself from danger?).  Nobody – not even Wonder Woman.

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Acne – does it ever go away?

Sista, I feel your pain when it comes acne.  Been there, done that and from time to time, still got that – acne. (sigh) You feeling me?  As part of this months LIVE membership call, I dived real deep into the dark and gloomy depths of hormones, acne and skin issues that seem to arrive unannounced.  Acne can be relentless but the most difficult facet to treating acne is to get a hold on is the why.  Getting to the bottom of your skin woes certainly isn’t something that stops with the skin itself. Acne is a sure sign your hormones are unhappy and your gut health needs some TLC and that all starts from within.  Lotions and potions, come what may can only do so much with the root cause of the issue within.  To help you work out what the heck is going on, I wanted to share some of the key talking points that I shared to our little girl gang – aka The Wellness Collective Membership (you’re totally invited too).

Consider the timing.

It’s important to stop at work out when your acne shows up.  Here are the most common times;

Puberty

Pregnancy

During high stress

Post Travel

Peri-Menopause

But of course there are cycles within cycles and we need to be mindful how that affects our skin too!