Eating a healthy, whole and well balanced diet is very important. Your diet should consist of whole foods, lots and lots of vegetables of all kinds, complex carbohydrates and less processed foods. Eating a diet of this kind can make you feel like a billion bucks. Sometimes because we’ve been eating a certain way for so long or taking certain medications (like the contraceptive pill), breast feeding, bad gut health, etc. we can become mineral and vitamin deficient even though we are eating a beautiful, healthy diet.
That happened to me. I was eating this gorgeous new diet that was abundant in healthy foods and my hormones were still not okay.
We expect so much from our bodies. What are bodies do everyday is absolutely incredible and so often we take that for granted. We put them under a lot of pressure and just expect them to keep going. We don’t know whats happening on a cellular level. What’s happening in our gut, are we absorbing all the vitamins and minerals we need to in order for all our bodily systems to work optimally? So often, we are not.
I stumbled across Vibrant Health and I learnt a lot more about their brand and what they stand for. I’ve been using a variety of their products for a long time now and can honestly tell you that I have felt a huge difference in my body since doing so. In this blog post I’m going to talk about some of the supplements of theirs I used and still used to help my hormone system reset itself after being on artificial hormones, like the pill, for years.
These are a couple of the most common nutrient deficiencies:
- Vit D
- Vit B12
- Vit A
Some micro nutrients the pill (and maybe other artificial hormone contraceptives) depletes you of:
- Vit A
- Vit B1, 2 and 6
- Vit B12
- Vit C
- Vit E
When you’re on the pill or you’re pregnant or breastfeeding for a long time, you’re body can become nutrient deficient. The longer you do that for, without an extremely nutrient dense diet or supplementation, the more deficient you become. This is why even after woman go off the pill or when they stop breastfeeding they experience amenorrhoea (absent periods) and may not get them back until their micro nutrient supplies are sufficiently replenished.
For me, after I went off my artificial hormones it took a good couple of months for things to even start feeling normal again. Even till recently I’ve had major skin problems and that’s nearly 3 years after being on the pill. It takes a lot of time for your body to reverse the effects of the pill and to achieve a hormone reset. It’s important to help your body out, with the diet I mentioned in the beginning of the post and with a mineral/ vitamin supplement.
Vitamin A is very important in the female adrenal system. It plays a role in overall uterine health and is one of the vitamins responsible for good, healthy, glowing skin. It helps maintain epithelial (skin) tissue. Synthetic vitamin analogs are used in dermatology but you can find the real deal in dark leafy green, yellow and other bright colored vegetables like carrots or a good quality multi vitamin supplement, which ill get to in a moment.
Zinc is vital in the immune system. To be honest with you, I can not remember the last time I was sick, I don’t even get a cold or the flu anymore. I have not had to take an antibiotic (thank goodness) or anything of the sort for probably more than 2 years now. I’m so grateful. If you are someone who gets sick quite often you may want to look at a zinc supplement. Deficiency in zinc may also be linked to low sperm count, it’s also said that zinc can help clear acne and is important for skeletal health. Our soil use to be rich in minerals but over the years the nutrients in our soils have depleted. You can get enough zinc from eating leafy greens and vegetables that grow in nutrient dense soil but a zinc supplement will work wonders in case you’re not getting enough from the soil. This is the same case for vitamin B12.
An increasing amount of people are becoming B12 deficient. You may need to take a vitamin B12 supplement especially if you are vegan. A deficiency in B12 can show the following symptoms: pale or yellowing skin, nails and eyes, weakness and fatigue, dizziness and disturbed vision. All of the B vitamins are very important in the menstrual cycle and may relieve PMS and painful symptoms. Maintaining a healthy level of B12 within the body can boost energy levels and overall balance of the body’s functions, especially during the menstrual cycle.
Boron helps with calcium retention. It is very important within the body and beneficially impacts the body’s use of estrogen, testosterone and vitamin D. It boosts the absorption of magnesium (magnesium is important for maintaining stable blood sugar levels, helps keep blood pressure within a normal range, can help you sleep deeper). Boron can also be taken to help with menstrual pain. Boron maintains healthy estrogen levels which is important for bone health. Boron, along with calcium, vitamin K, magnesium and vitamin D can help you maintain a regular and healthy menstrual cycle. Amenorrhea (missing 3 periods in a row) can increase your risk of osteoporosis and commonly means there’s an underlying problem which should be tended to.
Everyone can benefit from supplementing boron, It’s very good for athletes, hormone balancing, fertility, low libido (in both men and woman). Due to the depletion of Boron in our soil, it’s hard to get enough Boron in, even if we do eat lots of fruits and veg.
Increasing your levels of progesterone may also help you maintain a healthy cycle. Here are foods that stimulate progesterone production:
- whole grains
- bell peppers
- dark leafy greens
Folate (Vitamin B9)
Folate is important for making DNA, repairing DNA and producing red blood cells, which is important during the menstrual phase of the menstrual cycle as that is when woman lose blood and need to replenish the red blood cells lost. It is important to eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables to ensure you’re getting an adequate amount of folate.
I always highlight the importance of a healthy diet and that food should be your medicine but unfortunately very few of us eat a “perfect diet’ and get the right amount of nutrients and minerals. Too often we fill up on foods throughout the day that are high in calories and low in nutrients. I know sometimes I don’t eat enough throughout the day. I am a person with a small appetite. In order to get some of these vitamins and minerals in everyday, I do need to make sure I eat a good amount of calories from nutrient dense foods. Taking all these supplements in pill form may feel like you’re popping pills like they’re going out of fashion. I’ve never been a huge fan of taking tablets, so I try take as few as possible but there are some I really do feel a difference within my body when taking them.
The best way for me to get all of the above nutrients in, including protein and probiotics is to take the Vibrant Health Maximum Vibrance powder. I have loved this powder for nearly two years now. It contains Vitamins A, D, E, C and K. It also has zinc, Folate, Vitamin B12, magnesium, iron, plant protein and 25 billion probiotics. (It contains so much more like goji berry powder, moringa leaf powder and so many other superfood powders. If I listed them all it would take up quite a lot of space). It has been said that you can feel the difference of this powder by just taking 1-2 tsp of the powder a day. I take it about once or twice a week but on the days I don’t have it, I take their zinc, boron and turmeric. Since taking the zinc I have noticed that my hair and nails are so much stronger and they grow very fast. The zinc has also helped with my acne. I have struggled with my skin for so long, I use to wake up and cry because I had tried just about everything and nothing was working and at the moment it’s the best it’s ever been. I only recently added the zinc supplement into my diet and it honestly has made a huge difference which I’m so grateful for. The boron has helped me with menstrual pain, I usually get severe menstrual cramps but they have eased a little since starting the boron. The turmeric also helps with this. I’ve been taking their turmeric for a very long time, the turmeric and max vibrance are my two favorite products. I feel an amazing difference within my body when I take them. Again I use all of these as a supplement to a healthy diet not instead of a healthy diet. I think reap the best benefits, you do need to pair them with a diet filled with lots of fruit, veg, complex carbs, healthy fats and protein. I have polycystic ovary syndrome and my cycle is absolutely perfect, it’s like clock work without any artificial hormones etc. which is not always common for someone who has polycystic ovaries. A healthy diet and natural supplements can, and do work xx
If you’re interested in any of the products I’ve mentioned, I have linked them in the text but you can also go to http://www.naturalvibrancelife.co.za and you can get 20% off any product with the code JOR20
Look after your beautiful bodies!
Thanks so much for reading, I hope it was helpful in some way or you learnt something new x