As an MPH student, I have become more worried about our health as a society, the more I read research articles on the direct relationship between chemicals and hormonal imbalance. I myself, have struggled for the majority of my life dealing with PCOS without actually knowing it. It wasn’t until my husband and I started trying to get pregnant that I realized my years on birth control (due to painful & heavy periods) have masked my silent disease. I had no idea all along that my painful periods, acne and irregularity were all due to my PCOS, I only blamed it on being a teenager; and in due time it will all be fixed. I realized later that I was a part of a large statistic that I wasn’t very aware of. I knew that my periods weren’t great, but I didn’t realize to what degree. Once I started researching links between PCOS and chemical and that’s when my “AHA” moment happened. My hormonal imbalance is genetic BUT, it was trigged and exasperated by the toxin & chemical build up in my body. Do you know how many chemicals we are exposed to every single day? Hundred of thousands! When your skin touches anything that has chemicals on them (think of cleaning products) it goes into your system. Your skin is your largest organ on your body, and every single thing that touches it goes inside your body. Many of you ask me how you can start correcting your hormonal imbalance and I’d like to share with you all what i’ve done to help correct mine. Now just be aware, my hormones have become imbalanced whenever I strayed off course with this system, and every single time has been corrected by sticking back to it again.
- Organic. You need to start eating organic foods. Wholesome, raw, organic fruit & veggies. You have to start seeing food as your medicine, and your body start alkalizing and healing itself once you start eating food that hasn’t been genetically modified with organisms from viruses & animals or sprayed with toxic chemicals. Organic food have very specific rules and regulations on how they are grown & what soil can be used to make sure you’re getting the best and most natural thing out there.
- Non-Toxic Household Products. You must start using non-toxic household products. Not only is it better and safer for the environment, but its also safer and better for you and your family. Again, remember that every single thing your skin touches gets internalised into your body. This goes from your dish detergent soap, laundry soap to cleaning products around your house. Seventh Generation is one of my favourite brands to use, and their products work extremely well! You also must be aware of the shampoo you are using, and Alaffia is a great brand that makes safe products for your showering needs (as well as for children!) Also, they have a great mission in working towards empowering women in Africa and alleviating poverty in the region as well. Who wouldn’t stand for that?Shea Moisture is also a great brand that I love to use. It is sold at CVS and Target, and I’ve even found it at Marshalls as well! It’s safe and great to use.
- Vitamins. After taking my Master’s Global Nutrition class, I realized how important essential vitamins are in not only keeping us healthy, but also in helping fight disease and uplifting our immune system. Being deficient in certain vitamins may make it more difficult to normalize your hormones, and will absolutely affect your mood, skin & energy levels. Make sure you’re going to your general doctor to check on your vitamin levels, and if there’s anything off balanced make sure you’re supplementing in order to help give your body the best chance at healing and getting better. I always recommend taking vitamins and supplements that are derived from organic fruits & veggies, meaning that they’re not synthetically made in a lab (which 99.9% of all vitamins are unfortunately). Not only does taking vitamins from organic and natural sources increase the bioavailability of the vitamins (increase the amount of absorption of the product) but its also the main source your body receives these vitamins from! Food! Garden of Life is all vegetarian (and sometimes vegan) and all halal (except their fish oil- I recommend checking out New Chapter for their Wild Caught Salmon Omega Fish Oil). Remember: Your body is your home for the rest of your life, make sure you’re taking care of and protecting it from every source that may harm your body, your family members & children. Research has shown that women who suffer from hormonal disorders, like PCOS, have much higher levels of pesticides and toxins in their blood streams. Don’t use plastic and cans as much as you can because they contain harmful endocrine disrupting chemicals such as BPA and BPS. Children’s bodies also don’t know how to process the toxins and release them as quickly as our bodies do, so toxins circulate in their bodies 4 times before they are able to be released, thus harming children quicker and easier than it does for grown adults.
~Confessions of an Organic Mama~