Yes, I said it. I am coming off the pill once and for all. If you aren’t familiar with my journey and what I faced a couple of years ago when I first tried coming off the pill, feel free to have a listen to my podcast show, episode 3 http://emilycampbell.com.au/subscribe-to-podcast/
The last 2 years I have been on a gut healing journey. I am doing everything now that I didn’t do last time.
Well, in this time I have learnt a lot about my body and about hormones and how to heal and nurture my body from within.
I have also gained knowledge and I feel I have a better chance at coming off the pill this time and I am hoping that by being on the journey of healing my gut, liver and overall body, that I won’t experience the side effects that I did last time.
Don’t get me wrong, I am shit scared. Scared of my hormones having the biggest party and leaving me in havoc.
Bad skin, oestrogen dominance leaving me feeling fluffy and puffy all over. Moods that I cannot even stand to be around. It’s not pretty that’s for sure!
I get asked a lot about my journey and about me coming off the pill, so I thought I would share with you, my key “things” I am doing and have been doing the last 2 years to really improve my health in the lead up to coming off the pill.
I believe health and wealth all starts within the gut. If that is out and not functioning correctly, then everything else will be. So it’s really important to have optimal gut health.
Bone Broth – Bone broth has been in my diet for the last year and I wish I knew more about it sooner.
Bone broth is great for gut health and has also been known to help with healing chronic diarrhoea, constipation and some food intolerances.
I currently try and have one cup per day, however now I am making a conscious effort to have one a day if not two to help increase the health of my gut.
TIP – You can make your own or if you purchase it, be sure to NOT get the dehydrated ones.
I have had them in the past but studies show that having homemade or concentrated stock brands that need to be kept refrigerated has all the collagen, vitamins and minerals we need in that specific form.
Probiotics – A supplement I believe that everyone should take to help with adding good bacteria into your gut.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that can be consumed through fermented foods or supplements (I’ll explain more about fermented foods shortly).
Probiotics include “good” bacteria. These are live microorganisms that can provide health benefits when consumed.
These benefits are thought to result from the ability of probiotics to restore the natural balance of gut bacteria.
Vitamins & Minerals – You can definitely get your vitamins from food sources, however, when you are on the pill you can be really zapped from all the good that you put into your body.
This is why I choose to take these supplements to help boost my consumption.
I take a multi vitamin and multi mineral and also Vitamin C.
Vitamin C enhances the immune system of our body, which protects us from colds and coughs. It facilitates the absorption of iron and therefore strengthens the body’s resistance to infection.
Fermented Foods – This is something that I hadn’t eaten prior to learning about gut health.
Fermented foods are a great source of probiotics again for optimal gut health.
Fermenting converts sugars – glucose, fructose and sucrose – into cellular energy and a metabolic byproduct (lactic acid), which in turn produces fantastic digestive enzymes and healthy gut flora and cuts the sugar content of a food… all in one!
I like to eat sauerkraut which is fermented cabbage. This is great to add to salads.
I also like to drink kombucha tea which is also a fermented drink.
Dandelion Tea – I love herbal teas so much. I have all the basics, then I have blends for glowing skin, one’s that help with immunity, breaking down fats, the list goes on.
But dandelion tea is something I have recently got back on the band-wagon with to help with cleansing my liver.
The role of our liver is to produce bile, which helps enzymes in the body break down fats into fatty acids — and to filter and detoxify our blood.
The liver also has the amazing ability to break down and store amino acids, synthesise and metabolise fats and cholesterol, store glucose, and regulate our internal functions.
The vitamins and nutrients present in dandelions help cleanse the liver and keep them working properly.
Dandelions aid our digestive system by maintaining the proper flow of bile. Dandelion tea or stems are also good Vit C foods, which helps with mineral absorption, reduces inflammation and prevents the development of disease
All these supplements and foods all have more and amazing benefits but I just wanted to share with you what I am taking to improve my gut, hormone and liver health, even more, to prepare myself coming off the pill.
I will forever consume these regardless being on or off the pill for optimal health. I believe when I do come off the pill, I will see even greater benefits as I will no longer have the contraception that is zapping a lot of the good that I do put into my body.
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