Pick up any book on women’s health today, and there is a discussion to be found somewhere in it about birth control.
If you are on the pill or have recently come off the drug, there is something you need to know and should know:
You are more than likely deficient in vitamins and minerals.
Magnesium helps control insulin production, which influences your testosterone levels and the overall health of your ovaries. Keeping blood sugar balanced where it does not swing too high and low – is necessary for optimal adrenal health.
Zinc – your body does not make it, which means it is essential. Zinc plays a role in a ton of bodily functions, which include hormone health and balancing.
Low zinc is often found in vegetarians and vegans, which makes supplementing with it even more necessary for hormone health if you tend to eat very little to zero meat.
Vitamin B6 is an essential vitamin to the corpus luteum, which remains after an egg is released and secretes progesterone.
Remember, you want a proper balance of estrogen to progesterone for overall health and longevity. Estrogen dominance long-term is not a good thing for women.
Vitamin B6 is also found to be used in over 100+ enzymes involved in your metabolism. It has also been shown to help prevent and alleviate symptoms of PMS.
Consider adding the following whether you are on the pill or have recently come off the medication.
Magnesium Glycinate 300mg-800mg a day, and if you have issues with constipation or a hard time pooping in general, switch to citrate to help get things going again.
Zinc is 15mg-30mg a day. Make sure you also have copper in your diet. The recommendation is 15mg of zinc and 1mg of copper. Most multi-vitamins have these two adequately paired. Nu-Multi by NuEthix is a solid one to consider.
Vitamin B6 – 50mg a day is a good dose to help with PMS and mood-related stuff such as depression, tiredness, and anxiety.
“The Chronometer App” is one great way to track your micronutrients and know what you might need to add food or supplement-wise to help support hormone recovery in terms of doses recommended daily.