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#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ ”Someone once told me, “Naturopathic Doctors are basically inflammologists” – I believe that to be true!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My patients are largely women trying to conceive, and I run A LOT of labs. One finding I see again and again is elevated hs-CRP (high sensitivity C-reactive protein), an inflammatory marker. Sometimes, this is the clear target where we swoop in and help to support inflammation regulating pathways, and it can make all the difference.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When we look at studies of patients with elevated hs-CRP who are undergoing IVF, levels of inflammation don’t seem to predict outcomes. But the research is a bit more nuanced. Here are some quick facts:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ▪️Increased levels of inflammatory markers have been found in women with recurrent miscarriage and “implantation failure” (PMID: 25935494)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ▪️ One study of 1228 women with a history of pregnancy loss allocated participants to receive low dose aspirin (an anti-inflammatory) or placebo. Among women with the lowest hs-CRP levels, there was no benefit to treatment with aspirin. Among women with the highest hs-CRP, clinical pregnancy rates were 71% when treated with aspirin compared to 54% with placebo (PMID: 28323989)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ▪️Women with PCOS often have systemic inflammation which contributes to insulin resistance, ovarian dysfunction and irregular ovulation (PMID: 16839844)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Treating inflammation is not the answer for everyone. BUT, I have had patients who have gone through 3-4 IUIs without getting pregnant, we find they have an elevated CRP and work on it, and they get pregnant their next cycle. I have seen patients who have experienced recurrent pregnancy loss and we find a very high CRP and their next pregnancy is successful. I have seen patients with PCOS who experience regular cycles for the first time after addressing systemic inflammation. My opinion: hs-CRP tends to be well covered by insurance, we know what to do with results, so why not take a look?”
#Repost @fertilityfriday ・・・ “💊 One of the myths about hormonal contraceptives (HCs) is that they only affect some women and not others. 💊⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In order for HCs to work, they have to prevent pregnancy via a combination of these 3 main modes of action:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ▶️ The complete or partial suppression of ovulation⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ▶️ Suppressing the production of fertile-quality cervical mucus⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ▶️ Maintaining a thin, flat endometrium so a fertilized egg is unable to implant⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since most HCs suppress ovulation, all women experience the effects of this. When ovulation is suppressed, your natural production of ESTROGEN, PROGESTERONE, and TESTOSTERONE are ALL significantly suppressed across the board. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In other words, ALL women on HCs experience a significant drop in the production of their natural hormones.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With that said, not all women respond in the same way. This is why some women experience noticeable side effects while others do not.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Some women experience depression, anxiety, mood changes, low libido, reduced sexual function (difficulty to orgasmm, reduced sensation), painful sex, panic attacks, recurrent yeast infections, and a variety of other side effects ... while other women do not.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Many women who experience side effects don't realize the pill could be the cause, and often discover the link much later on.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ More on hormonal contraceptives and their side effects in #TheFifthVitalSign 📚⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now I want to hear from you ...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Did you experience side effects on the pill? Did you know right away that those side effects were linked? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Have you come off the pill recently? Did you notice any changes that you didn't expect? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Let us know below in the comments 👇🏾”
#Repost @jessicaashwellness ・・・ ”So many people right now on a mission to try to "heal" their thyroid or balance their sex hormones, yet they are forgetting one vital component... STRESS.⁠ .⁠ ⁠ The liver and gut are responsible for converting inactive T4 into active thyroid hormone T3. And you know what the liver and gut are made up of? CELLS⁠ .⁠ ⁠ And you know what cells need? Glucose. Protein. Nutrients.⁠ .⁠ ⁠ All those restrictive diets are so focused on restriction, that many people are forgetting what's truly important.⁠ .⁠ ⁠ Cortisol is not a bad hormone. It has a purpose. It maintains our circadian rhythm, helps with inflammation and is there to fall back on when we don't have enough fuel and we're in a stressful situation.⁠ .⁠ ⁠ But restricting our diet so much that we are living off of cortisol? Ya, not a good look.⁠ .⁠ ⁠ Because cortisol's job is to keep us going, even if that means breaking down our own muscles, tendons, glands, tissues and sending them to the liver to be made into sugar.⁠ .⁠ ⁠ As the body senses stress, it starts to slow the metabolism down by suppressing thyroid function. Meanwhile prioritizing nutrients for our vital survival organs (heart, lungs, muscles).⁠ .⁠ ⁠ As metabolism slows, every cell has to work that much harder to function.⁠ .⁠ ⁠ This is why the thyroid is referred to as the "third ovary".⁠ .⁠ ⁠ As adrenals pick up the slack for an under functioning thyroid, it suppresses the reproduction by prioritizing nutrients for survival.⁠ .⁠ ⁠ It is ALL connected. Adrenals, Thyroid, Sex Hormones. They all need to be supported simultaneously to create lasting hormonal balance.⁠ .⁠ ⁠ Bottom line: cortisol is not "bad"; we need it in context just like all hormones.⁠ .⁠ ⁠ However, way too many of us are living off of stress hormones and relying on them to manufacture our fuel for us.⁠ .⁠ ⁠ Without the beneficial effects of progesterone to protect us, this can wreak havoc on the female body.⁠ .⁠ ⁠ Restoring thyroid function starts with nourishing the body without stressing about every little detail of health.” .⁠ .⁠
#Repost @alisonhall_fertility ・・・ ”QUALITY OVER QUANTITY. ⁣ Have you been told you have low AMH? & has this news sent you spiralling? ⁣ ⁣ AMH (anti-Mullierian hormone) is produced by the granulosa cells in our ovaries and helps with follicle development. It's used as a way to roughly measure ovarian reserve - or how many eggs you have left. If your AMH is low you may be told IVF / donor eggs are needed. If your AMH is very high it can indicate PCOS & how you may respond to IVF.⁣ ⁣ Now let's unpack this a bit. AMH is a marker in the sand. One marker only. & you may be told that your number is your number. But is it as reliable as you have been led to believe? ⁣ 💣 For a start, like most things, it fluctuates not only within your cycle but between different cycles.⁣ ⁣ 💣 Low vitamin D? This often correlates with low AMH and when the deficiency is corrected, AMH can go up. Similarly, for those with PCOS & excessively high AMH, correcting vitamin D can help modulate AMH.⁣ ⁣ 💣 We know that both oral contraceptive use and smoking send levels plummeting. ⁣ ⁣ 💣 Even ethnicity has been shown to influence AMH levels.⁣ ⁣ I'm not saying dismiss it entirely, but let's look at the whole picture. Fertility is a complex web and if you consider only one part of it you do so at your peril.⁣ ⁣ Critically, it is NOT telling us anything about the quality of eggs. So it's not telling us who will actually get pregnant. ⁣ ⁣ While you are still ovulating we can improve your egg quality, just as we can work on sperm quality too. Along with all your other hormone markers, your thyroid, digestive, immune, vaginal health, your detoxification. Remember, you are more than just a number.⁣ ⁣ Have you been told your AMH is low?⁣ ⁣ 🤓 Refs: Tal & Seifer, 2013; Depmann et al., 2016; Steiner, 2017; Melado et al., 2018; Moridi et al., 2020⁣” ⁣
#Repost @drautoimmunegirl ・・・ ”So I’ve posted previously about Th1/Th2 balance…. Th1 are the T-helper cells that are elevated with autoimmune disease. But what else elevates Th1 and throws off this needed balance and exacerbates autoimmune……ESTROGEN! __ Estrogen and prolactin drive Th1 where progesterone suppress Th1 response __ A progesterone estrogen imbalance can interfere with thyroid function as well as result from diminished thyroid function __ Estrogen and thyroid hormones have opposite effects: estrogen causes calories to be turned into fat, and thyroid hormone causes fat calories to be turned into energy __ When progesterone is low and estrogen is dominant (even when TSH is normal) if symptoms of hypothyroidism are present estrogen could be the cause.  Weight gain can also upset the progesterone - estrogen balance. __ To counteract this effect of estrogen, some practitioners recommend the use of progesterone cream __ Higher levels of progesterone activate estrogen receptor sites in the body and cause the estrogen to be used before it can do harm. __ Low progesterone in women between the ages of 30 and 50 may lead to autoimmune hypothyroiditis as a consequence of immune stimulation by the dominant estrogen __ I am so in tune with my body I can just tell when my hormones are imbalanced! Limiting exposure to Xenoestrogens is a place to start! __ Xenoestrogens are substances that imitate estrogen and are found in: 1️⃣PCBs and BPAs found in plastics 2️⃣phytoestrogens like in soy or tofu 3️⃣Endocrine disrupters found in many protein powders 4️⃣Oral contraceptives” .. .. #estrogen #estrogendominance #progesterone #hormone #hormonebalance #hormoneimbalance #hormones #hormonereplacementtherapy #hashimotosdisease #hashimotos #hashimotoswarrior #hypothyroidism #hashimotosthyroiditis #hashimotosweightloss #thyroid #hypothyroidismweightloss #hypothyroidmom #hypothyroid #hormonesupport #hormonehealth #hormonebalancing #hormonetherapy #hormonesupport
#Repost @thewomensdietitian ・・・ ”💦JUST KEEP SWIMMING: ANATOMY OF SPERM⁠ ⁠ ⁠ Have you ever thought about how sperm plays the OTHER 50% in your ability to conceive?! Studies show that 4-10% of all sperm samples taken from men are found to have abnormalities! ⁠🤯⁠ ⁠ Before we get into what abnormalities a sperm can have, FIRST we must understand the anatomy of the sperm! Did you know the male testes produce 50-100 million sperm each day? DAYUUUUUM. ⁠ ⁠ 👉Sperm is made up of 3 main sections: tail, mid-piece, and head. Each of these parts has its own unique functions!⁠ ⁠ Ladies, share this with ya mans:⁠ ⁠ •Tail: helps the sperm swim toward the egg; the tail is made up of tiny protein fibers. Ideally, 40-50% of all sperm in a sample would perform with optimal motility (movement)⁠ •Mid-point: think of this as the motor of the sperm! It contains the mitochondria which produce energy for the sperm ⁠ •Head: the brain of the sperm where the nucleus and DNA (23 chromosomes to be exact) are housed. Yep, sperm have brains. Mind-boggling right?! The head also helps to penetrate the egg for fertilization!⁠ ⁠ 💯 SO, now that we have talked about sperm, let's chat about what abnormalities could mean! Abnormalities can occur in the concentration of sperm in a sample, mobility (affecting the tail), size of sperm, and even the shape (which could affect sperm's ability to fertilize the egg). ⁠ ⁠ 🤔 What exactly affects or causes these abnormalities? Oftentimes these abnormalities can be caused by genetics, but there are also lifestyle factors that could affect them such as diet, age, physical activity, and cigarette smoking!⁠ Also driving a large lifted truck can cause franken-sperm. Jk about the last one, bebes. ⁠ ⁠ 👇👇What questions can I answer about sperm anatomy and abnormalities for you? Let me know in the comments!⁠”
#Repost @hormonehealingrd ・・・ “​Our brain is what senses stress, then tells our hypothalamus and pituitary to talk to our adrenals and release cortisol (our stress hormone), adrenaline, and DHEA. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The brain, hypothalamus, and pituitary also work with the thyroid to help produce adequate thyroid hormone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Too much cortisol disrupts the loop and inhibits thyroid function (more on this in tomorrow's post). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For this reason, chronic stress can lead to an under-functioning thyroid, worsening conditions like hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When your body is under chronic stress, it responds by slowing down thyroid function. If you are dealing with thyroid issues or suspect them, first look for possible stressor(s). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Stress = PMS. This increase in cortisol leads to a reduction in progesterone. This can eventually lead to a tip in the estrogen and progesterone scale and period problems (heavy/painful periods, irregular cycles, spotting, increased PMS, fatigue).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My previous post outlines all of the areas to possibly focus on when looking to reduce the impact of stress. Definitely check that out if this resonates with you ❤️”
#Repost @drjolenebrighten ・・・ ”How about we stop suppressing women's stories? Some words are designed to silence women and they need to get the hell out of medicine!⠀ ⠀ Have you ever had a doctor dismiss you or tell you it’s in your head, you just need to lose weight, refuse to test you or tell you that what you’re experiencing isn’t real?⠀ ⠀ Sometimes it looks like...⠀ 👉”There are no studies to support that what you're saying is true.”⠀ 👉”We can’t test hormones because they fluctuate so much...unless you want to have a baby.”⠀ 👉”You just need to reduce your stress & lose weight.” 👉 “We’ll just put you on birth control & worry about it if you ever want a baby.” You know what is hurting women? Stifling their voice.⠀ ⠀ You know what would help women? Curiosity, humility, holding space that what they experience may not yet exist in a study, but is their truth.⠀ ⠀ Some docs argue that there's never been any studies done on this so your experience is wrong.⠀ ⠀ Um, lack of research doesn't mean that there is no truth to what you're saying. It just means lack of research.⠀ ⠀ WE DON’T HAVE RESEARCH TO EXPLAIN EVERYTHING YOU MIGHT EXPERIENCE.⠀ ⠀ Don't misunderstand me that I'm saying your doctor is bad.⠀ ⠀ Doctors aren't bad.⠀ People who suppress women's voices & stories sure do suck though.⠀ ⠀ Which is a HUGE problem on social where women are told that they can’t share their story because a doctor doesn’t agree with their experience. Um, excuse me, but did I miss that they are your patient & you intimately know their health history?⠀ ⠀ We can simultaneously advocate for education & access in medicine while saying some things don’t work for us.⠀ ⠀ But what we cannot do anymore is tell a woman to shut up and stop sharing her story because it isn't convenient to the dominant narrative.⠀ ⠀ Women are struggling with their health, birth control side effects, getting answers & they’re being met with "it's in your head," "there's no study to prove what you're saying is true," and "don't share this because it might scare someone else."⠀ .⠀ This is messed up.⠀ ⠀ It needs to stop.⠀ ⠀ Sharing is therapeutic & you never know who will have hope & heal by hearing your story.”
#Repost @nourishednaturalhealth ・・・ ”Why we need sleep for our hormones! 😴😴🙈🤸🏼‍♀️⁠ ⁠ Sleep is so important for our hormone health. Why? 👇🏼⁠ ⁠ When we wind down for sleep a hormone called ‘melatonin’ (otherwise known as our sleepy hormone) is secreted to signal its time to sleep. Melatonin signals the body to stop producing cortisol (our ‘stress’ hormone)👌🏽⁠ ⁠ Early in the morning, melatonin levels begin to drop and cortisol slowly increases signaling it’s time to wake up. Issues with the imbalance of these two hormones due to inadequate sleep patterns cause a flow-on effect to our reproductive hormones leading to irregular cycles, fatigue, and fertility issues. To help balance our hormones, it’s time to start taking our sleep seriously and really prioritising it🤸🏼‍♀️⁠ ⁠ Follow these sleep hygiene tips to improve your sleep🤗⁠ ⁠ What are your favourite ways to wind down before bed? Let me know in the comments below 👇🏼🤗⁠” .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #periodpositive #hormonalacne #healthyfats #menstruationmatters #periodproblems #hormonebalance #hormonalbalance #pcossupport #pcosfriendly #estrogen #acne #acnesolution #acnediet #hormonalacne #periodtips #periodpain
#Repost @drdemeri ・・・ ”Progesterone is a female sex hormones that plays many roles in the body, especially during pregnancy! 🤰🏻⁠ ⁠ Here’s what you need to know about progesterone:⁠ ⠀⁠ 👉🏼 It counter balances the effects of estrogen.⁠ ⠀⁠ 👉🏼 It has a calming effect on the nervous system and boosts mood.⁠ ⁠ 👉🏼 It promotes the production of GABA to encourage relaxation and quality sleep.⠀⁠ ⠀⁠ Signs of imbalance progesterone including: feeling anxious, experiencing frequent mood swings, and having trouble sleeping.⁠ ⠀⁠ Naturally balancing your progesterone is NOT a quick fix, but it is possible! Here’s how you can start supporting healthy progesterone levels:⁠ ⠀⁠ ✅ Remove inflammatory foods like dairy, gluten, processed foods, and hydrogenated oils⁠ ✅ Eat plenty of seasonal fruits and vegetables ⁠ ✅ Reduce alcohol and caffeine consumption⁠ ✅ Manage stress⁠ ✅ Avoid endocrine disrupting chemicals (BPA, phthalates, parabens, pesticides)⠀⁠ ✅ Prioritize sleep⠀⁠ ✅ Engage in low intensity exercise daily⠀⁠ ⠀⁠ Also, check for nutrient deficiencies and consider supplementation (with your doctor’s supervision): magnesium, vitamin B6, zinc, vitex, selenium, st John’s wort, and calcium D-glucarate.⁠ ⁠ Tag a friend to share how to naturally support healthy progesterone levels! 👇🏼⁠” ⁠ ⁠
#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ ”I was reading a popular wellness blog recently, and the author wrote that a low calorie diet is one of her top strategies for thyroid related weight gain. Um…WHAT! My alarms were BLARING. I want to tell you why I disagree, and why low calories can actually cause your thyroid health (and metabolism) to tank.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here’s the scoop: your thyroid gland synthesizes 2 main forms of thyroid hormone – T4 (the more abundant, less potent hormone) and T3 (the less abundant, more potent hormone). Your thyroid gland produces way more T4 than T3, but T3 is much more active. So once T4 is released, special enzymes can convert it into T3. This step is crucial because T3 is really important for things like YOUR METABOLISM.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ok, here’s the plot twist. Your T4 can also be converted to something called “reverse T3”, which is basically a storage form of thyroid hormone. This really slows down metabolism in order to conserve energy because of a perceived threat, like trauma, stress, toxin exposure, infection, or YOU GUESSED IT. Calorie restriction!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When you drastically reduce calories, your conversion to T3 goes way down, and reverse T3 goes way up (sorry metabolism!). Your body literally goes into hibernation mode.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you have hypothyroidism and have experienced weight gain, a low calorie is not the ticket. Restoring thyroid function is where it’s at! This will do a few things – it will support metabolic function AND will likely increase energy levels, allowing you to participate in physical activity. Here are a few ways we might support the thyroid:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🦋Thyroid hormone replacement therapy⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🦋Targeted nutrients to support thyroid hormone production and conversion⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🦋Addressing other sources of perceived stress, like infection and inflammation⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🦋Reducing toxic exposures that affect thyroid function⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Phew, thanks for letting me get that out of my system!”
#Repost @drautoimmunegirl ・・・ ”SELENIUM which is found in Brazil nuts, is capable of exerting multiple actions on endocrine systems (hormones) by modifying the expression of at least 30 selenoproteins __ 1️⃣Selenium a cofactor for glutathione peroxidase, which functions as an antioxidant __ 2️⃣Selenium also plays a role in the conversion of T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) to triiodothyronine (T3 active thyroid). __ 3️⃣Selenium is estimated to be markedly deficient in diets worldwide __ 4️⃣Selenium has demonstrated to decrease thyroid antibody levels in Hashimotos and potentially reducing thyroid medication dosage __ 5️⃣A good source of supplementation for selenium is BRAZIL NUTS __ But what's the benefits of brazil nuts versus supplementing with selenium….. Here are some results from a recent study: 📍Changes in plasma selenium compared taking 100 mcg of selenium to 2 brazil nuts and they were pretty much exact 📍Changes in activity of glutathione peroxidase enzymes (we want high levels of this because its involved in neutralizing free radicals and reducing oxidative stress) 📍Brazil nuts were significantly better at boosting glutathione than the 100 mcg of selenium per day __ ✅I've added 2 brazil nuts per day to my daily regimen stuffed in dates-- it's delicious! ” . . . #hashimotosdisease #hashimotos #hashimotoswarrior #hypothyroidism #hashimotosthyroiditis #hashimotosweightloss #thyroid #hypothyroidismweightloss #hypothyroidmom #hypothyroid #thyroidawareness #thyroidawarenessmonth #autoimmunedisease #autoimmunepaleo #autoimmune #autoimmuneprotocol #aip #autoimmunewarrior #thyroid #selenium
#Repost @nicolemjardim ・・・ ”PERIOD PROBLEMS, ENDOMETRIOSIS - PT. 5⁠ ⁠ In part 4, I talked about some of the causes of #Endometriosis, and one that needs a lil' more airtime is the GUT connection.⁠ ⁠ According to @jessrdrummond, founder of @integrativewomenshealth, “Relieving any pelvic pain condition, including endometriosis, vulvodynia, or painful bladder syndrome, starts with improving your digestive function.”⁠ 🤯⁠ ⁠ But...why? Chronic pelvic pain–based conditions are often rooted in gut-related problems like inflammation, dysbiosis, leaky gut, IBS, food sensitivities & autoimmune disease.⁠ ⁠ Hang with me for a second while I break it down...⁠ ⁠ ✔️ A compromised gut microbiome can lead to the production of lipopolysaccharides (LPS for short), potent toxins that are released from the cell walls of gram-negative or pathogenic (aka disease-causing) bacteria when they die.🤢⁠ ⁠ ✔️ LPS, in combination with estradiol, promotes pelvic inflammation and worsens endometriosis.⁠ ⁠ ✔️ One study found that 80% of the subjects with endometriosis had SIBO, and another suggested that the health of the intestinal bacteria played a critical role in the development and progression of endometriosis.⁠ ⁠ ✔️ In short, the health of the GI tract is connected to endometriosis, which is why the condition often overlaps with certain gut-related problems like IBS.⁠ ⁠ ❓Wanna know something else? ⁠ ⁠ That relationship goes both ways. Yep, endometriosis can directly affect the GI tract.⁠ ⁠ You can thank the endometriotic lesions for that, which release prostaglandins and cause abdominal pain.⁠ ⁠ The endometrial cells can also invade the intestinal wall, interfering with the gut’s ability to keep waste products moving. This alone can raise your risk for SIBO, yeast overgrowth, and bacterial imbalance—oh my!⁠ ⁠ If you've been diagnosed with endo (or think you may have it), listen to your gut—literally!🕵🏼‍♂️⁠ ⁠ Digestion is a huge component of overall health, which is why I spend a lot of time on it in my book Fix Your Period.⁠ ⁠ 🎨: @endohumour⁠” .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #guthealth #endobelly #heavyperiods #endo #pelvicpain #natural #sisterhood #endosisters
#Repost @nicolemjardim ・・・ ”THE 411 ON MTHFR AND FOLATE ✨⁠ ⁠ We all have a gene called the MTHFR gene—which is involved in the chemical breakdown (aka methylation) of folate and other amino acids. 🔃⁠ ⁠ When the MTHFR gene is mutated, it alters the very important process of methylation. Methylation controls every response in the body, from how you convert food into energy, to detoxification, to DNA repair, to how you respond to stress.⁠ ⁠ A few decades ago, it was discovered that many people have a variation of this gene (about 60% of the US population, in fact).⁠ ⁠ They are more likely to have trouble absorbing and utilizing some B vitamins efficiently.⁠ ⁠ Here's why:⁠ ✅ The defective gene produces a defective MTHFR enzyme, which doesn’t break down folate properly and can cause high homocysteine levels.⁠ ⁠ ✅ Elevated homocysteine is a risk factor contributing to recurring pregnancy loss, pre-eclampsia, placental abruption, infertility, neural tube defects like spina bifida and other serious pregnancy-related concerns.☣️⁠ ⁠ ✅ It's also poorly converted to glutathione, and less glutathione = oxidative stress, toxin and heavy metal build-up, immune dysfunction, thyroid problems & more. 😨⁠ ⁠ ✅ Lastly, your body will have problems converting inactive forms of folate (like folic acid) and B12 to the active forms—making them unusable by the body.⁠ ⁠ And B-vitamin deficiencies can cause a litany of period and fertility issues! ⁠ ⁠ I break this down in more detail with solutions in my article on #MTHFR at the link in my bio (@nicolemjardim).⁠ ⁠ 👉🏽 Here's the first thing I recommend: Avoid any supplements that have synthetic forms of the B vitamins in them, like folic acid (the synthetic, inactive form of B9).⁠ ⁠ ❗Don't forget, this is one gene out of MANY! So it's important to focus on the collective, not just one. #periodgirl⁠ ⁠ P.S. Love this informative graphic by @living_wholistic.⁠” .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #mthfrmutation #infertility #hormones #ttcsupport #fixyourperiod #womenshealth
#Repost @innatefunctionalnutrition ・・・ ”Got histamine problems? 🤧 Check your estrogen. 🔸 In my “histamine: the ultimate hormone of alarm” post, I talked about how nutrient deficiencies can be a huge driver of histamine intolerance. Hormones can be a big one too. 🔸 Histamine and estrogen potentiate (increase) each other. Estrogen activates mast cells to release histamine. Histamine stimulates estrogen secretion from the granulosa cells of the ovary. It creates a vicious cycle. 🔸 Histamine ➡️ more estrogen 🔸 Estrogen ➡️ more histamine 🔸 Of course, minerals run enzymes which run hormones. The plot thickens when you can also understand that estrogen and iron potentiate each other too (another vicious cycle). And iron depletes copper, one of the main minerals needed to create the Diamine Oxidase (DAO) enzyme that clears histamine. 🔸 On the birth control pill, my allergies were horrendous, which makes sense because I was estrogen-dominant and iron-toxic. 🔸 To truly quell histamine intolerance, you must break the cycle(s). And it usually requires a holistic approach. 🔸 A few tips: 🔸 〰️Work on reducing estrogen exposure, like xenoestrogens that you come in contact with or phytoestrogens that you consume. Especially PUFAs, which turn on the production of more mast cells and increase histamine leakage. 🔸 〰️Eat balanced meals at a frequency right for you to keep detox pathways up. 🔸 〰️Fight for your progesterone, which has antihistamine effects. Nourish yourself with nutrient-dense foods at the right frequency to reduce stress and boost its production. 🔸 〰️Make sure you’re getting enough Copper, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Magnesium daily. 🔸 〰️Vitamin E can also prevent the degranulation of mast cells, which can help break the cycle as well. ___ Not medical advice.”
#Repost @drpaulhrkal ・・・ ”Let's talk about how it all connects....🗣⁣ (Save this post and share with your followers) ⁣ We often think the main role of vitamin D is to absorb calcium, 𝐁𝐔𝐓 did you know it also has an important role in absorption of magnesium in the small intestine?⁣ ⁣ 1.) One study demonstrated that 𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐮𝐦 𝐚𝐛𝐬𝐨𝐫𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐧 𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧 𝐃, and supplementation is associated with an enhanced intestinal absorption of magnesium. 🧩⁣ ⁣ 2.) Interestingly, 𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐮𝐦 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧 𝐃. ⁣ A deficiency of magnesium can impair the production of vitamin D, which like magnesium has many health benefits. 🚨⁣ ⁣ Parathyroid hormone (PTH) also plays a central role in magnesium absorption and retention, which explains why low levels of magnesium can contribute to artery calcification via PTH elevation independent of serum calcium and phosphate.✅⁣ ⁣ 3.) 𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐞: high levels of PTH causes calcification. 📈⁣ ⁣ 𝐕𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧 𝐊 is another key nutrient that regulates calcification. ‼️⁣ ⁣ PMID: 32369769⁣ PMID: 6246808⁣ PMID: 20090315⁣ ⁣ ❔❔ Are you taking the right minerals and vitamins and in the right combinations? Let me know if you have any questions.👂🏼👂🏼⁣ ⁣ You can also book a virtual appointment in my link in the bio👆🏻👆🏻⁣” ⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ #vitaminK #vitaminD #magnesium #weightloss #weightgain #balanceyourhormones #healthyhormones #supplementsavvy #torontonaturopathicdoctor #concussiondoctor #braindoctor #wholisticapproach #wholisticdoctor #mindbodyspirit #nutraceuticals #medicineeducation #calcium #magnesiumdeficiency #headache #migraine #chronicpain
#Repost @jessicaashwellness ・・・ ”When you're trying to restore your metabolism, providing your body the raw materials and building blocks it needs is the name of the game.⁠ .⁠ ⁠ Almost all of our hormones are built from cholesterol/fat, but thyroid hormone is built from an amino acid Tyrosine.⁠ .⁠ ⁠ Tyrosine's conversion into thyroid hormone requires Iodine and B Vitamins, specifically Vitamin B6.⁠ .⁠ ⁠ This is why a diet that is pro-metabolism emphasizes protein as an important component.⁠ .⁠ ⁠ Not just any protein- protein you can digest, absorb and ASSIMILATE and be used for the jobs you need it to do.⁠ .⁠ ⁠ Tyrosine is found in abundance in dairy and meat products in addition to other nutrients such as fat soluble vitamins and B Vitamins.⁠ .⁠ ⁠ Reason # 1,000,000 why I don't eat plant based.⁠ .⁠ ⁠ How has implementing high quality animal products changed your metabolism for the better?⁠” ⁠.⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #thyroidhealing #thyroid #thyroidproblems #thyroidhealth #thyroidweightloss #thyroidwarrior #thyroiddisease #thyroidawareness #thyroidsupport #thyroiddiet #fullynourished #postbirthcontrolsyndrome #functionalnutrition #nutritionist
#Repost @thewomensdietitian ・・・ ”YOUR LIBIDO AND YOUR CYCLE 📆 ⁠ 🧐 Do you ever feel like one second your sex drive is like "ohhhh yes" and the next day it's all "hell to the no"? It be like, right? ⁠ ⁠ That's because our libido changes between our luteal and our follicular phases! 🔁 Your cycle is split into two phases: follicular and luteal. Follicular relates to the first half of our cycle (days 1-14), and luteal refers to the second half (days 15-28). ⁠ ⁠ 🎢 During these phases our estrogen and progesterone levels are up and down. SO what does that mean for our libido?⁠ ⁠ During the first half of your cycle your sex drive is up and you’re feeling frisky! Estrogen and testosterone levels are high, producing confidence and helping you to feel sexy & in the mood. Cue the Netflix and chill... 💥⁠ ⁠ During the second half, your progesterone is beginning to take precedence and estrogen is on the down hill side. You may begin experiencing PMS symptoms, and a decline in energy & confidence which may contribute to low libido. 👎⁠ ⁠ So what can you do? Tracking your cycle can help you to understand your body and its needs and changes. This can help you to better communicate with your partner and get you on the road to heightened pleasure!⁠ ⁠ What questions do you have about libido? Ask them below! 👇👇”
#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”OVULATION is the main event of the female cycle. Without it we don’t produce progesterone…..and of course if there is not ovulation there is no chance of getting pregnant. . Nutrition & lifestyle have a big impact on whether ovulation occurs at all, whether it occurs regularly & the quality of the egg that is ovulated. . Have you heard that our bodies need to feel safe to release an egg?….Eating enough (& getting appropriate nutrients) is one way we signal our brain that we are safe & able to support reproduction. . The types of foods we eat can support or inhibit ovulation through blood sugar management, hormone balance & gut health. Many women struggle to ovulate if they are eating a diet that is too low in carbohydrate, even if they are eating enough calories. Including complex carbs like berries, starchy veggies and whole grains can help! Fat is not the enemy either! It is important for making our hormones like estrogen and supporting communication between the brain and the ovaries. . Additionally, if gut health is off, it can throw ovulation off. Food impacts our gut health, which is essential for hormone balance & the ability to absorb nutrients so they can be used for egg quality & reproductive function. If gut health is off, it can throw ovulation off. . Struggling to get your cycle on track? Follow the link in my bio to join my waitlist! We will dig into your symptoms and learn how to work with your body 💕”
#Repost @drautoimmunegirl ・・・ ”Vitamin A is helpful in immune tolerance with #autoimmune disorders __ 🌀Immune tolerance is the essence of good health. An intolerant #immunesystem will lead to a wide range of illnesses, and the gut is where many people first lose immune tolerance __ 🌀Vitamin A is crucial to a very sophisticated bi-directional mechanism that takes place in the digestive system and leads to immune tolerance across the entire #gut lining __ 🌀Vitamin A is required for innate and adaptive immunity and is an immune enhancer that potentiates the antibody response, maintains and restores the integrity and function of all mucosal surfaces __ 🌀An important part of the protective roles might be through its ability to enhance antibody responses, especially IgA antibody responses in mucosal tissues (intestinal mucosa) __ 🌀IgA is secreted into the gut lining where it provides protection against harmful pathogens. It thus helps maintain a healthy flora. Retinoic acid, derived from #vitaminA in the diet, exerts a positive impact on the precursors for IgA-producing plasma cells __ 🌀With adequate vitamin A our gut is less likely to be chronically inflamed by inappropriate T-cell conversion leading to a myriad of inflammatory diseases _ ❇️So where is Vitamin A in the diet?❇️ __ 🌀Carotenoids have been called the colors of nature. Over 600 have been identified, and they give vegetables their gorgeous rainbow of hues, from green to orange to red to purple. _ 🌀The major #carotenoids in humans are #betacarotene , alpha-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and beta-cryptoxanthin _ 🌀The conversion of carotenoids to vitamin A is not as efficient or perfect as we’ve been led to believe _ 🌀A recent study found that as many as 50% of women studied were unable to efficiency convert carotenoids into vitamin A and thus may be retinoic acid deficient. __ ⁉️Is this new to anyone? How many have taken Vitamin A, and if so how much?”
#Repost @victoriawhitleyy ・・・ “🌹𝑺𝒕𝒆𝒑𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝑰𝒏𝒏𝒆𝒓 𝑺𝒖𝒎𝒎𝒆𝒓 // 𝑶𝒗𝒖𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏. Just as the seasons move in a rhythm, so do our bodies. Don’t forget how incredibly connected we as women are to the cycles of nature. Also don’t forget that, contrary to popular belief, YOU CAN ONLY GET PREGNANT 5-7 DAYS OUT OF THE MONTH while you are ovulating (assuming you have a healthy & consistent cycle, of course). Release the perpetual fear we have been conditioned to feel around sex aligning intrinsically with pregnancy & step into this fiery season in your cycle, embrace your boldness, confidence, & use your voice. Ground yourself in the cool grass in the shade. Drink herbal infusions to replenish. Bask in the sun. Celebrate your fertility, ability to birth anything you desire into the world, & the power you hold to create anything. Taking my Inner Summer Ovulation energy today by spending time laying on Mama Earth in my garden & feeling the sun & breeze on my skin. Happy ovulating sisters 🌹”
#Repost @nicolemjardim ・・・ "PERIOD PROBLEMS, ENDOMETRIOSIS - PT. 4⁠ ⁠ And now for causes of #endometriosis.⁠ ⁠ There are a number of theories about the contributing factors to endometriosis that I believe are helpful to consider when trying to understand your own experience with endo.⁠ ⁠ Some of these theories include:⁠ 🔍 Genetics⁠ 🔍 Autoimmunity⁠ 🔍 Progesterone Resistance⁠ 🔍 Environmental Factors (like Xenoestrogens)⁠ 🔍 Inflammation⁠ ⁠ Let's chat about genetics and autoimmunity...⁠ ⁠ 🧬 GENETICS⁠ 🧬⁠ ⁠ Just like with all conditions ever, endometriosis has a genetic underpinning. Genes get passed down, but thankfully genetics isn’t your destiny, and a number of lifestyle interventions can certainly help to mitigate the symptoms of this condition.⁠ ⁠ Talk to your doctor about the genetic markers they use as part of the testing protocol for endometriosis.⁠ ⁠ 🔥 AUTOIMMUNUTY⁠🔥⁠ ⁠ Evidence suggests that endometriosis is an inflammatory disease & potentially has some autoimmune components.⁠ ⁠ In one study, researchers concluded that endo had almost all the hallmarks of an autoimmune disease and had been found to occur in conjunction with other autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel diseases (including Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis).⁠ ⁠ Leaky gut is a trigger for autoimmunity. It may also trigger some of the autoimmune characteristics of endometriosis.⁠ ⁠ One study found that 80 percent of the female subjects with endometriosis had SIBO, and another suggested that the health of the intestinal bacteria played a critical role in the development and progression of endometriosis.⁠ ⁠ In short, the health of the GI tract is connected to endometriosis, which is why the condition often overlaps with certain gut-related problems and why addressing them is a crucial part of treatment.⁠” ⁠ #periodproblems #endometriosisawareness #endometriosiseducation #endometriosissupport #lifewithendometriosis #endometriosispain #endometriosisdiagnosis #inflammatorydisease
#Repost @victoriawhitleyy ・・・ "🌹Hands up if you have been given the story that you can get pregnant at ANY time? The majority of us have. In fact, I've yet to meet a woman who was thoroughly educated about her cycle & her fertility right from the onset of her Menarche (sacred Feminine initiation of 1st period) ⁠⠀ 🌹Whilst many of us have been given the impression that pregnancy could happen literally ANYTIME we have sex, it's simply not true & keeps us in a perpetual state of anxiety, blocking us from reclaiming our orgasms & pleasure as our birthright as women ⁠⠀ 🌹We are not fertile all the time. Men are though, & produce sperm & are fertile everyday ⁠⠀ 🌹Women however, not so much. We are much more selective about our fertile times. We have our own built in fertile window into our cycle ⁠⠀ 🌹Our fertile window opens up in the days before our Inner Summer (ovulation), in our Inner Spring (pre-ovulation) when we start to secrete cervical fluid (which keeps sperm alive & helps them to fertilize an egg). In the days prior to ovulation, our cervix softens & opens slightly & allows sperm to pass through into the uterus. The rest of the time when we are not in our fertile window, the cervix is more firm, closed & a barrier of thick mucus forms to seal the entrance of the cervix 🌹Once we ovulate, the egg hangs around for 12-24 hours, if it's not fertilized during this time it breaks down & disintegreates. Our progesterone levels spike after ovulation, thickening up the cervical fluid & the cervix once again closes ⁠⠀ 🌹Sperm can survive for up to 5 days & an egg can hang around for up to 24 hours, this gives us a fertile window of 6 days in our cycle. NOT 24/7 as we have been lead to believe! ⁠It begs the question, why are women given contraception that shuts down our fertility all together when we are fertile less then a week of our whole cycle when it is men that are fertile each & everyday?⁠ Seems they have targeted the wrong demographic ⁠⠀ 🌹When we understand how our cycles work & how to identify our fertile window each cycle, we can use this knowledge for all our reproductive years whether we are trying to fall pregnant or consciously avoiding pregnancy. “
#Repost @nicolemjardim ・・・ ”PERIOD PROBLEMS, ENDOMETRIOSIS - PT. 3⁠ ⁠ Let's talk diagnosis...⁠ ⁠ Lab testing, imaging (like MRI and ultrasound) are often touted as ways to get an endo diagnosis.⁠ ⁠ The thing is, while they can be helpful tools, there is currently only one truly accurate method to diagnose #endo and that is an exploratory laparoscopic surgery to obtain a biopsy of the tissue.⁠ ⁠ I know, I know. An invasive and expensive surgery is seriously the only way to get a true diagnosis? For now, yes. Thankfully, a non-invasive test is a top research priority.⁠ ⁠ So, in other words, if a doctor diagnoses you with endometriosis or dismisses the idea that you might have it based on blood work or imaging alone, please find another doctor as soon as possible.⁠ ⁠ Some of the tests that can be helpful in getting a more clear picture for endo include:⁠ ⁠ ✔️ Hormones like estrogen, progesterone and their metabolites (a good test for metabolites is DUTCH)⁠ ✔️ Inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-1 (IL-1), interleukin-6 (IL-6), tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α)⁠ ✔️ Growth factors like IGF-1 (higher in endo)⁠ ✔️ Cell adhesion and invasion markers like sICAM-I and osteopontin⁠ ✔️ Tissue remodeling markers like matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) - MMP-2 and MMP-9 ⁠ ✔️ Markers for angiogenesis⁠ ✔️ Genetic markers⁠ ⁠ There is more and more research being done on testing that can help confirm a diagnosis in conjunction with imaging and laparoscopic surgery, so it's important to find a well-versed doctor who is dedicated to helping you get a diagnosis.⁠ ⁠ ❗❓ How were you diagnosed with endometriosis? ⁠” ⁠ #periodgirl⁠ #endometrios #periodproblems #endometriosisawareness #endometriosiseducation #endometriosissupport #lifewithendometriosis #endometriosispain #endometriosisdiagnosis #inflammatorydisease #endometriosiscauses⁠ #endo
#Repost @nicolemjardim ・・・ “PERIOD PROBLEMS, ENDOMETRIOSIS - PT. 2⁠ ⁠ So we know that #Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease ⁠🔥 which is characterized by abnormal tissue growth and implantation outside the uterus. And that it can cause inflammation and extreme pain for many menstruators.⁠ ⁠ But everyone with endometriosis has a unique experience of pain and other symptoms because the severity of the lesions does not directly correlate with the symptoms.⁠ ⁠ All bodies and life circumstances are different, so symptoms will vary 👯‍♀️.⁠ ⁠ That being said, there are some common symptoms associated with having endometriosis, including:⁠ 🚫 Severe pelvic or period pain that can disrupt your life, forcing you to miss work, school, or social activities for a day or more⁠ 🚫 Periods that last longer than 7 days⁠ 🚫 Heavy to very heavy menstrual flow⁠ 🚫 Bowel dysfunction with IBS-like symptoms, such as constipation, diarrhea, or both⁠ 🚫 Concurrent vaginal or bladder pain with diagnoses including⁠ vulvodynia, interstitial cystitis, and pelvic floor dysfunction⁠ 🚫 Nausea or vomiting, especially when the pain increases⁠ 🚫 Bloating⁠ 🚫 Fatigue⁠ 🚫 Depression & Anxiety⁠ 🚫 Pain during sex⁠ 🚫 Infertility⁠ ⁠ ❓ If you have endometriosis, what symptoms do you experience?⁠ Let me know in the comments below👇🏾⁠ ⁠ #periodgirl⁠ ⁠ 📸: @the.happy.pelvis⁠” *⁠ *⁠ *⁠ #periodproblems #endometriosisawareness #endometrios #endo #endometriosissupport #lifewithendometriosis #endometriosispain #inflammatorydisease #endometriosis