Did you know that everything we know about how to eat, exercise, and schedule time revolves around a man’s 24-hour hormonal cycle, not your 28-day cycle?
Yes, that is correct, and it’s time for us to change that.
Raise your hand if you experience PMS and think that it’s normal.
Raise your hand if you believe that our bodies are supposed to make us suffer for half of every month and that it’s just a truth of being a woman?
If you believe either of these things, you’re wrong. It’s not at all your fault, and you’re not alone. Believe it or not, your cycle is not supposed to be the bane of your existence, and your hormones are not supposed to be mysterious and uncontrollable. We have been told basically nothing about how our bodies work and what they require of us to be healthy. Most doctors are eager to hand us the pill the moment we become sexually active and prescribe the pill for any possible issue we could have. Bad acne? The pill. Crazy PMS? The pill. Stopped getting your period regularly? The pill.
Let’s get something straight right now: The pill does not fix the root cause of any hormonal issue – it merely treats the symptoms.
Don’t get me wrong –the pill is excellent at preventing pregnancy (we like this) and has spared a lot of women (including me) some serious pain during their cycles. BUT what all women need to be aware of now is that whatever hormonal imbalances you had before starting the pill will still be there when you stop it.
You’re probably thinking, “whatever I’ll deal with that when the time comes.”
But if you knew how to take care of your hormones, so that they not only made your cycle painless, but they enhanced your life, and if you knew of the many ways to prevent pregnancy naturally and just as effectively as with the pill, wouldn’t you spare yourself the years of moodiness, dampened sex drive and biological risks from synthetic hormones?
Enter Alisa Vitti- an integrative nutritionist, hormone specialist and all around kick-ass superwoman. She is the creator of Flo Living, a virtual hormone health center and the author of WomanCode, the book that is changing women’s lives everywhere. Alisa is naturally curing women’s hormonal issues, coaching them to live in accordance with their hormones so they can live more fulfilling lives, and restoring fertility to thousands of women. How did she come to do this? At the age of 21, she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and told that it was incurable, that she would have to be on prescription drugs for the rest of her life, and that she probably wouldn’t be able to have children. Alisa’s instincts immediately told her, “DON’T LISTEN TO HER,” and instead of believing what the doctor told her, she spent years researching how a woman’s cycle works and what it needs to thrive. As a result, Alisa cured herself completely of PCOS, and promised she would spend her life helping other women out of the dark. Now that is something.
Until about a month ago, I knew nothing about my female body. The only thing I knew was that birth control pills made me feel crazy, anxious and unfulfilled and that going off of them was the best decision I ever made. However, while I finally felt like myself again after going off the pill, the debilitating menstrual cramps I once had were back and this time so bad that they sent me to the hospital. Vomiting and can’t –sit-still-lose-all-feeling-in-your-body kind of pain is not normal. And what did the hospital have to tell me after hours of tests? Nothing. “Sorry for your pain, here’s a hardcore painkiller for next time.”
Next time? I don’t want there to be a next time, I thought. I am interested in knowing what’s wrong with my body and how to fix it, not in putting a band-aid on it.
Luckily, a good friend of mine introduced me to Alisa and her book, WomanCode. Ladies, I am begging you to read this eye-opening book. Even if you don’t feel that you have any hormonal complications, it is crucial that you learn this information for the sake of understanding your body and promoting future health.
Perhaps the most shocking thing I’ve learned from Alisa is that PMS is not normal, despite the jokes we make about it and the commonness of it. According to Alisa, PMS indicates that we have a serious hormonal imbalance (too much estrogen, too little progesterone) that in the future can cause complications with fertility, and is even linked to the increased possibility of developing heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, or cancer after menopause. Scary stuff, right?
You’re probably thinking that the last thing you want to be as a college woman is fertile at the moment. But the truth is, if there’s any chance you might want children in the future, you need to start loving your ovaries today.
How does one love her ovaries? Mostly by making certain diet changes, and some lifestyle changes, such as exercising in accordance with your cycle and using cleaner hygiene products. According to Alisa:
“We live right now in a very interesting time for women’s bodies. We are exposed to more chemicals that are hormone disruptive in a 30-day period than our grandparents’ generation was exposed to in their entire lifetime. In addition to that we are eating completely wrong for our hormonal balance. It’s becoming a kind of silent epidemic. 1 in 10 women have PCOS, 1 out of 2 women struggle with thyroid imbalances in their lifetime, 1 in 10 couples is infertile for no known cause, and PMS has women out of the workplace and costs corporate America something like 1.7 billion dollars annually in lost work time.”
In her masterpiece, you will learn how to nurture your hormones through food and lifestyle based therapy. Because “what you’re having for lunch cumulatively changes your genetic function,” and not only will you relieve your symptoms when you balance your hormones, but you access your GIRL POWER in ways that you never have before.
Here are the first three steps of Alisa’s hormone lovin’ protocol, in a nutshell:
- Keep Your Blood Sugar Stable Stop skipping breakfast and not eating for hours at a time. Eat at least every three and half hours. When your blood sugar is unstable, your hormones can’t function the way they’re meant to.
- Stress Less Your brain may be able to adjust to high amounts of stress, but your adrenals can’t, and they’re exhausted. Work on finding time to relax, and never do strenuous exercise if you’re body is resisting it.
- Fix Your Digestion “Every woman I know has problems with her pooping!” says Alisa. Not only is not going number two unhealthy and an energy killer, but the estrogen that needs to exit your body through your bowels becomes trapped and excessive. Can you say PMS?
You seriously can’t wait another minute to read this book.