As women, keeping our hormone balance and health in check is not an easy task in today's highly endocrine-disruptive society. Due to job-related and self-induced stress, harmful chemicals found in certain foods and beauty products, and prioritizing the needs of others before ourselves, we may feel quite defeated and flat-out exhausted much of the time. It is a vicious cycle, trying to navigate life while maintaining our most optimal, healthy state.
If you're like me, tack on years of body shaming, overindulging in sugar and caffeine, excessive alcohol consumption, toxic relationships, and wacky sleep cycles. It was a recipe for complete disaster that wreaked havoc on my hormones. Only recently was I so rudely awakened by how much of a burden those years of unhealthy lifestyle habits had become, resulting in what I self-diagnosed to be endometriosis. From the outside, all was seemingly well and things appeared to be smooth sailing. On the inside, my hormones were a wreck.
The advice from my gynecologist was to go back on birth control, but for me, that was not an option. I stuck with my intuition and chose to move forward with a holistic approach and sought out alternative ways of getting relief and healing. Much of the work now lies in understanding how to reverse the damage that I created and reduce the excess buildup of estrogen in my body, which played a huge role in what led to my endometriosis. While it can feel very complex and consuming at times, the journey itself has been far more rewarding than I expected, and I am honored to bring awareness to other women who may be suffering silently.
Here are seven ways in which I’m finding much relief and healing: