Hormones can be a pain for most women which is why there are so many “hormone” treatments out there. Most women suffer from a variety of symptoms like migraines, cramps, swelling, bloating, fever, nausea, and vomiting. Most women take birth control to regulate their hormones and manage these symptoms this is why we did.
Both of us have recently stopped taking birth control to regulate our hormones. We have recently noticed our body struggles to get back into balance. Everyone has there own reasons to get on birth control and to get off of it. Well we took BC to help with our hormone imbalances, lighter periods, cramps, and PMS.
Michelle got to the point when she did not want to put “foreign” chemicals into her body. She decided to stop taking it and was off of the pill for 6 months. She experienced some side effects from getting off the pill such as breakouts, irregular periods (which actually she never got it for 6 months). She than felt she must need the pill to help regulate her periods therefore she started to take the pill again. But to only find out your body can take up to 1-2 years to adjust from not being on the pill. She just did not give her body enough time, she starting taking the pill again for 2 months and then finally said NO! Though this time around her body’s side effects are not as bad.
I just recently stopped taking the pill and I am experiencing similar side effects as Michelle did her first time off the pill. My face has broken out in acne with majority of the break outs located around the mouth and chin! We have been told that this means hormones due to the location of the acne.
It is very frustrating to both of us because we thought with eating RAW foods that are full of enzymes and nutrients that our bodies need to heal we would heal quicker, but we are realizing everybody is DIFFERENT! We are trying to enjoy this journey of healing, although there are times it gets very hard to put up with the side effects.
Twins natural hormone balance regimen:
We take Maca. Maca is a hearty plant root cultivated high in the Andes of Peru. This ancient nutritional source and efficacious endocrine system remedy is being dispensed by health professionals as a safe and natural substitute for drugs. It a replacement for hormone replacement therapy! Maca contains over 55 naturally occurring, beneficial phyto-chemicals. These naturally occurring chemicals include important hormonal precursors and sterols proven time and time again to assist the human body in a number of recognizable ways.
The scientist responsible for much of the current knowledge of the maca root is Dr.Gloria Chacon de Popivici, a biologist trained at the University of San Marcos, in Lima, Peru. Dr.Chacon says that maca root works in a fundamentally different way than HRT, supporting optimal functioning of the hypothalamus and the pituitary, thereby improving the functioning of all the endocrine glands.
Maca is a safe, natural alternative to hormone replacement therapy. It is important to remember that maca does not itself contain any hormones, but its action on the body jogs the pituitary into producing the precursor hormones which ultimately end up raising estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels, as well as helping to balance the adrenal glands, the thyroid and the pancreas. But this occurs naturally, not with time-bomb drugs which throw the entire body into a dangerous state of confusion. It seems to help the endocrine system to stay in balance.
Maca adapts to the body’s needs and supports menopausal health. IT works through the hypothalamus and pituitary to bring about healthy, balanced hormone levels in the body. Many women who start taking maca notice improvements within several days to several weeks. It is best to take maca consistently. Maca allows a woman to produce her own hormones and enhances your body’s production of progesterone and estrogen.
In addition, we are taking a natural hormone balancer called Vitex. Vitex is also known as agnus castus, chaste tree, and monk’s pepper.
Vitex does not actually contain hormones. It appears to increase progesterone by stimulating the release of a hormone called luteinizing hormone from the pituitary gland. Vitex is also thought to normalize excessive prolactin levels and promote fertility.
- Female infertility
- PMS, especially breast tenderness, cramping, and headaches
- Acne, especially if it is related to the menstrual cycle
- Fibrocystic breast disease
- Heavy menstruation
- Menopausal symptoms
Some other natural ways of helping with hormones production and regulation are:
- Milk thistle
- B vitamins
- Royal jelly
- Vitamin A
- Flax oil or evening primrose oil
- And of course exercise and the foods you eat will affect your hormones
If you struggling with hormone balances or are thinking about getting off the pill, I hope you have found there are natural ways of healing! Sometimes the quickest and easiest way is not always the best way. Therefore enjoy the journey of taking a more natural approach to healing and regulating the body’s hormones.
Till next time,
The Raw Twins