There has been studies done on caffeine and the effects it has o the human body — you may even be familiar with the popular Bulletproof trend right now to add a dollar of butter or gheee to your coffee — People seem to like this bio hack because it keeps you full, tastes great, burns fat, is energy-booting, craving busting and it can help amplify the effects of intermittent fasting (which I am an advocate for…especially during the Follicular phase of your mental cycle) and ketosis (which I am NOT an advocate for, however, it can be a beneficial diet to follow during your mensural cycle)
But much of the research on this has been done on MALES. So, what about the effects on females — our hormones are a BIG deal ya know (check out episode 17 & 18)
Did you know that caffeine can actually increase the tendency of cyst? We all know that it’s best NOT to consume caffeine while pregnant or breastfeeding, but science shows that caffeinated beverages, like energy drinks, sodas, are TERRIBLE for the female body at any stage —
This next endocrine disruptor may do the most harm and it’s one we PURPOSELY choose to manipulate our hormones — Synthetic BC.
GYN’s routinely prescribe BC to control or manage hormonal issues — if you’re like me, you were probably on BC for YEARS — in my teens and 20’s, even into my 30’s after I had my second child, I got an IUD, which I HATED — it made me feel like I was constantly stuck in the PMS cycle and I was BITCH-Y.
But any way, you’ve experienced this or know someone who has been prescribed BC for things like, PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, and fibroids. Unfortunately, like most prescription drugs, it just mask the symptoms and it doesn’t FIX the problem. It’s a band-aid approach, like the I discussed in in the episode titled Nurse, do you agree? The Healthcare Business Model. And yet, it’s NORMAL to be on BC, or have your teenage daughter prescribed BC — I think you’ll be taken back by what is actually happening in your body when you take synthetic BC
How Synthetic hormones really works — it hijacks your cycle — They fool the BRAIN so the hypothalamus NEVER signals the pituitary gland to secrete luteinizing hormone OR follicle stimulating hormone, effectively prevention the follicles from swelling into mature the eggs they contain. The steady levels of synthetic hormones delivered by the pill through off the mid cycle surge of estrogen (which naturally can be used to our productivity advantage — go listen to episode 17!) — there is NO OVULATION — so when you bleed on the pill — t’s NOT even a REAL PERIOD! It’s completely ARTIFICIAL.
There is no natural rise and fall of estrogen, which can leave you feeling ‘flat” — Remember our hormones effect EVERYTHING!! Brain, mood, etc. AND it can even cause massive MICRONUTRIENT depletion (episode 19) which can set you up for an entire host of other issues like systemic inflammation and increased risk for autoimmune issues.
Remember, there is NEVER a MAGIC PILL. Prescription or non prescription — Our diet will ALWAYS have the greatest impact on our health and wellbeing. PERIOD. No pun intended hahahha
The pill makes the hypothalamic pituitary ovarian axis go dormant — plus has major side effects that your GYN probably NEVER warned you about like shrinking your clitoris and ovaries — YIKES — reduces your bodies ability to absorb micronutrients, and this is CRAZY, it can mess with your mate selection on a genetic level! Other side effects are bloating, weight gain, depression, shut down your sex drive long term, and decrease your fertility even after stopping —
Why are women not told about all of these health risks associated with the manipulation of their hormones?!?