Let’s get right down to it! This post is all about the problems associated with the birth control pill and what you can do about some of the health issues it can cause, including digestive problems and nutritional deficiencies.
The pill has allowed us to have care free sex whenever and wherever we want; but at what risks? We are corrupting our bodies not only from a hormonal perspective, but also a nutritional perspective.
The pill puts you at an increased risk of breast cancer, liver disease, infertility, weight gain, low libido, cervical cancer and mood disorders (including depression and mood swings). You may also become deficient in B complex vitamins, magnesium, selenium, and zinc. The pill also eats away at the good bacteria and flora in your gut, leaving you with digestion issues!
Some women will continually take the pill and only go off it once every three months to menstruate. This is just totally wrong. Every month when you shed your uterine lining, you are actually detoxifying your body. This is absolutely essential for hormonal harmony. If you insist to stay on the pill DO NOT SKIP YOUR PERIODS.
Now don’t get me wrong, I do realize that some women take the pill due to other issues such as painful menstrual cramps and acne, but the question remains, has the pill actually healed any of the issues you had, or is it just masking the reasons of why you experience these hormonal imbalance signs in the first place?
Taking a pill to cover up symptoms is not fixing the problem, and chances are down the road you will have to take more pills to cover up the side effects of other pills! This is a vicious cycle.
If you are currently on the pill or recently decided to stop, here are a few ways you can level out your hormones naturally:
- You can find folate in asparagus, as well as legumes like lentils and beans.
- You can get B6 and B12 in spinach, salmon, and eggs.
- Magnesium is found in avocados, bananas, dark leafy greens like spinach and Swiss chard, as well as seeds like pumpkin and sesame.
- To get an extra daily dose of selenium try eating Brazil nuts, mushrooms, salmon and eggs.
- Spinach, nuts and seeds like pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and cashews are rich sources of zinc, as are legumes like chickpeas and lentils. Oysters are high in zinc but it is very important to make sure they are sourced sustainably and from a reputable source.
- Eating fermented foods daily will help restore your gut flora and taking a high-quality probiotic supplement.