Transition Off Hormonal Contraceptives Naturally

HOW TO TRANSITION OFF HORMONAL CONTRACEPTIVES NATURALLY

1 / JUNE / 2022
SHEREE'S HEALTH DIARIES

After so many questions on this I was super inspired to share all about how to transition off hormonal contraceptives, particularly the pill in a really natural, holistic way. 

A lot of the time we can be really afraid of the side effects that can occur if we were to come off the pill or if we were to come off hormonal contraceptives. There can be a lot of fear around this and a lot of uncertainty about the symptoms that can happen. 

Am I gonna get breakouts? 
Am I going to get absent period for months? 
Am I going to end up putting on weight? 
Am I not gonna be able to put on weight? 
Am I gonna have irregular periods for the rest of my life? 
Am I gonna be in a lot of pain? 

There can be so many questions in relation to this, and asking yourself how is my body going to function effectively when I come off hormonal contraceptives? 

As I go through this, know that this relates to just about any hormonal contraceptive that you may be on. I'm going to keep this super short and super sweet because at the end of the day, there's a really easy way to do this without all of the fluff, without all of the BS, without all of the nasties that can come with it. 

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS WHEN YOU TAKE HORMONAL CONTRACEPTIVE

So I want to give some context to it by giving you a little bit of an understanding of what actually goes on in the body when you are on a hormonal contraceptive, like the pill. 

When you're taking these, the connection between your brain and your ovaries are completely shut down. So we have, what's called our HPA access and we also have our HPG access. Now our HPA access is linked to our adrenals, which are two little glands that sit right above our kidneys. They're responsible for our fight or flight hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline. In the ovaries however, part of the HPG axis, they produce our main hormones for females, which are estrogen and progesterone.

Now, if we are getting synthetic hormones from elsewhere, our brain says, “What's the point of making our own hormones?” So it shuts down the connection between the brain and the ovaries. Now, you are not naturally producing these hormones in an efficient way. Your body's actually not naturally thriving. This tends to cause a lot of the problems that we see, like PMS, anxiety, breakouts… even though you may have gone on these hormonal contraceptives for the purpose of all of these symptoms, right? 

The way I look at these hormonal contraceptives is like a bandaid.  We look at these external symptoms that we are getting from our hormonal health, ask how we can fix this? Oh, here's a quick pill. Instead of going to what's at the root of the issue here… why am I experiencing period pain? For example, is it underlying inflammation levels? Is it because I am not eating whole, real foods enough? Is it because I'm not sleeping enough? Is it because my levels of stress are far too high? What is the real reason behind the inflammation? 

And maybe it's not period pain, maybe you've got acne and you're wondering why your body is continually breaking out. And again, we wanna investigate, is this a liver issue, is this because our gut is not able to clear toxins effectively.

Our skin is an organ. Our body is going to push things out if it can't evacuate those toxins effectively. This applies obviously whether you are on the pill or off of the pill, but essentially when it comes to making this transition, we need to make sure that your body is supported in all different ways. But first things first, identify the symptoms that you're worried about. And then we need to investigate them. 

In fact, it's like studies have been shown that around 13% of women are only on hormonal contraceptives for contraceptive reasons. That just continually blows my mind. 

It goes to show how many symptoms we're trying to cover up what we're trying to mask as a result of hormonal imbalance. The real issue here is how do we balance our hormones effectively versus how do we just put that bandaid on it? 

If you're reading this and you're someone that is on hormonal contraceptives, please know that I am not a doctor and I’m not here to tell you to come off it, it is completely your choice. I stand by your body, your choice, very strongly. But these are some suggestions and things that hopefully will open your eyes so you can make an empowered decision. 

I was on the pill for almost 10 years. I started when I was very young, around 14 because I had hormonal acne and nothing seemed to work. I went on antibiotics for three months to suppress it and then the skin started to break out even more. So I went on the pill and I went on a very high estrogenic pill. This then caused a whole host of problems on its own. Over the years, I switched to a lower estrogenic pill once I started to understand hormonal health a little bit more. But I still got really bad acne. I still got terrible PMS. I lost my libido. I ended up with quite high anxiety levels. I just wasn't myself anymore and I really didn't like who I was turning into or who I was becoming. So finding a natural solution is a huge passion of mine… because I asked doctors, gynecologists, specialists time after time, I even had a cyst on my ovary that was completely ignored. I was told to go back on the pill to try and fix it. So it's really important to understand that you as a woman have a beautiful intelligence inside your body, our human body is such a miracle. 

LISTENING TO YOUR BODY

If we can start to listen to the beautiful signs and symptoms that our bodies give us, then we are going to be in a much more empowered state to make decisions and make choices. So to give you a bit of more context around what hormonal contraceptives can do to your body, like I said, firstly, see, there's the connection between the brain and the ovaries, other hormonal contraceptives, for example, like the Depo Provera can actually shut down your thyroid as well so you can end up causing a whole host of issues with taking these hormonal contraceptives. It can take a while for our bodies to bounce back. However, internally what synthetic hormones do, just like any medication does, is load up our liver, right? And why this happens is because our bodies need to put everything that we get into our bloodstream, through our liver. 

Our blood is filtered by our liver 20 to 25 times per day. That's just how miraculous your liver is. It's not just there to process alcohol. It is making sure that your blood is filtered and it's making sure it's helping with the detoxification processes. So if you've got a synthetic hormone coming into the body or a medication coming into the body, then the liver has to break it down so that the body can use it. Any sort of excess hormones. It's also the job of the liver to clear them out as well, and so when we are taking some synthetic hormones, our body is constantly overloaded or the liver's overloaded, and we need to make sure that we are supporting your liver health. So one of the key things to do when we are transitioning off hormonal contraceptives is to make sure that our liver is looked after. 

This is normally a little bit further down the track in terms of what we would focus on primarily first. But one of the things I want you to understand is the load that these hormonal contraceptives can have on the liver. And then if the liver's overloaded, that's when those breakouts, eczema, rashes, etc can start to happen. 

The other thing we wanna understand is the impact that it can have on our gut health. For example the pill can actually alter your microbiome and a lot of research has been shown to suggest that when you're on the pill or hormonal contraceptives, a lot of women develop something called leaky gut. Now, if you're not familiar with this term, it essentially means that the walls of your intestine start to separate. 

Leaky gut is what allows things that aren't supposed to be in our bloodstream to leak through the gut. This can look like food, bugs, parasites or overgrowths of bacterial or fungal types. They can actually end up getting into your bloodstream (systemically) and start to cause a whole host of reactions elsewhere. 

For me I had a leaky gut while I was on the pill. I wasn't aware of it at the time and I ended up allowing what's called candida, which is a fungal overgrowth to go systemically through my body. This wasn't picked up early enough, and ended up causing severe eczema in my head as well as a lovely athlete’s foot too. Alongside this came a lot of weight gain for me, which I struggled to shift and further hormonal imbalances like estrogen dominance. And I couldn't understand why? 

The other thing that the pill did was because you're constantly suppressing that ovary connection between your brain and your ovaries. It led me to a state of burnout as well, but that's a whole nother story. 

So to come back to gut health, if you are constantly consuming medication every single day or synthetic hormones every single day and then ruining or destroying or contributing to the destruction, I should say of your gut integrity. Then you're going to be in a state where the gut needs a lot of support. So the first thing that we need to do when we're transitioning off hormonal contraceptives is to look after your gut health. 

Now that can sound so different for everyone and we need to understand what that looks like for everybody and what state your gut is in. But if you're someone that's constantly bloated, if you're someone that experiences a lot of IBS, or maybe you experience bowel movements from one symptom to another, or you're constantly constipated, or you get a lot of loose bowel movements on a regular basis, and you're on hormonal contraceptives, it may be time to look at if these are contributing to your overall health and your gut health in particular. As you may or may not know, our gut is the center of our immune system and it is where all diseases begin, essentially, according to Hippocrates around 2,500 years ago

HEALING THE GUT

So how do we look after our gut health? What does that look like? Well, inside Reclaim Your Radiance, which is my signature 12 week program that supports you in the transition off hormonal contraceptives we make sure that you go in with a gut protocol in which we take out any of the foods that could be causing inflammation that could be contributing to that leaky gut. So one of the key things for example, is gluten. 

Gluten is known in every single human being to cause leaky gut to some variation. For some people, it won't be much for other people, it'll be significant. For me, as a coeliac it destroys my ability to absorb nutrients, which is quite shocking, really. 

So what we need to make sure that we are doing is taking things like gluten out and other inflammatory foods. And you may know your body doesn't respond very well to a few foods, so it's giving your body enough of a break to allow the gut to seal back up and really allow that healing process to occur so that you're not getting that leaky picture going on. 

We typically do this for about four weeks prior to making the transition off the pill or even two weeks, depending on where you're at in your journey and how severe your gut symptoms are. This allows our body to kind of play a little bit of catch up. You're obviously still putting synthetic forms of hormones into your body, but in doing the slower process and doing some of the deeper work before you come in, it's not so much of a shock to the body when you do actually make the transition. 

So you may do two to four weeks prior, then we're gonna look at supporting the gut whilst you're transitioning off as well. So things like sugar, making sure maybe your dairy intake is a little bit lower. We're looking at other things that can cause a lot of inflammation, not just in the gut, but also in the body, but really taking care of our gut health. 

For some, it might look like introducing a high quality probiotic. It's very different for everyone and we need to make sure that you're really supported in that respect, but ultimately you're really diving deep into giving the gut the love and the nourishment. 

We may need to put some other supplements in that can support the healing of that gut lining. Collagen is fantastic in terms of helping things, kind of sew themselves back together.

So once we've done the initial pre ‘coming off the pill,’ we need to go into post ‘coming off the pill’. You're looking at a gut protocol for roughly four to six weeks, depending on how severe symptoms are. Then we wanna make sure that your body is really supported after that. 

Like I mentioned earlier, your liver has been overloaded for however long you've been taking the synthetic hormones. Now, chances are your liver's been overloaded from a whole lot of other things as well, right? It's not just medication and alcohol that the liver takes care of. It's any toxin inside the body and it's filtering all of our blood constantly. So we need to make sure that we are supporting your liver health. This may look like continuing some of the things that you've been doing in terms of supporting your gut. 

It also may look like putting in a little bit more protein. It may look like adding in some herbs and some supplements that are specific for liver support to make sure that the pathways that your liver needs to transport the toxins out of your body are really supported. So I won't specifically name these herbs because I don't want you to go out and just grab them off the shelves. Herbs can do a lot of beautiful things in the body, but it is very important that we are listening to someone who has had a look and understands our bodies specifically which is something I support women with inside Reclaim Your Radiance. So we're firstly looking after the gut, before you come off the pill, then we are looking after the gut, after you come off the pill, and then we are supporting the liver and making sure your body's ability to clear toxins is effective. 

Once we're at that point, your body should start to feel a lot better. We then move into focusing on whole real foods and living in a way that feels an alignment for you and your body ongoing and moving forward. 

I've had multiple clients come off hormonal contraceptives. In fact, just talking to one of the beautiful women last night as we were wrapping up the last round of Reclaim Your Radiance and she was still sharing a little bit of fear around, am I gonna get acne? Is my skin gonna break out? Even though it hasn't. My skin's been the best it's been in six to seven years. What happens 3, 6, 12 months down the track, because there's a lot of post pill acne that tends to happen. 

I had her reflect and go, actually, how many of those studies of the post pill acne have the women actually done these deeper healing work? How many women have actually gone and done the deeper gut healing, the deeper liver healing, allowing the body to support the detoxification process effectively to the point where they're not going to get any of those nasty side effects and symptoms. 

So it's really important to understand that even though there may be other people out there that have had terrible stories, there are also other people who do the deeper inner work that allow the body to be supported through it. 

You don't end up with those horror stories that can happen. 

Instead, it's really, really beautiful to support your body during this transition. If you're someone that's wondering, how on earth do I do that? Then Reclaim Your Radiance is the perfect program for you. So you can click here for more info. If you wanna book a call or to have a look and see if you just wanna jump in and sign up. 

The other thing I will share with you in terms of the pill is a lot of people are worried about giving their period back. I had a client who did all of this. She actually did Reclaim Your Radiance while she was on the pill and then made the decision at the end of the program through all of the learning and the knowledge she'd acquired to transition off the pill within a month, her period was back. She started ovulating, right after which is a huge thing that a lot of women struggle with coming off the pill and was able to fall pregnant within a month of coming off the pill, which just goes to show when you do the deeper inner work, when you really heal the body, the body responds. 

One thing I'll leave you with is that our body's goal every single month is to fall pregnant. 

Whether you want that for yourself or not. That's how, as females, we are genetically built. 

So if you are constantly suppressing your natural hormone production, if you are constantly stressed and shutting things down and keeping your body in survival, you're not gonna be producing the lovely hormones that not only help you fall pregnant, but help you with your body, feeling safe with your body, being able to shift weight with your moods, being able to be regular, with your skin being able to be beautiful, glowing and radiant. 

Really making sure that you take the time to take care of yourself, keep your body in this position, safe and in this beautiful space so you can glow from the inside out is really key. I hope that this was helpful and you got a lot from this. 

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments or shoot me an email at sheree@shereehannahwellness.com, I’m here to support you!

SHEREE BEAUMONT

Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer & Wellness Coach I empower women like you to transform their lives, understand their bodies and feel their best from the inside out!

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The 3 Key Ways To Know If You Are Ovulating

THE 3 KEY WAYS TO KNOW IF YOU ARE OVULATING!

02 / FEBRUARY / 2022
SHEREE'S HEALTH DIARIES

First off, let me start by saying the OVULATION isn’t just about falling pregnant, it plays a massive role in our overall health! In fact, it is the MAIN EVENT of your cycle… NOT your period!

Ovulation is essential to having healthy, well-balanced hormones in women during their menstrual years. It occurs between day 13 - 21 of your cycle and only happens for ONE day. 

Fortunately the ovulatory phase is anywhere from 3 - 4 days, so you do get the beautiful benefits during that time too… and of course a much happier, healthier second half of your cycle, as ovulation plays a key role in producing other key hormones such as progesterone and estradiol (main form of estrogen).

Ovulation is not simply the time you are the most fertile, nor is it just about the release of an egg, although this is extremely significant, when it comes to our health we want to ovulate for a number of other reasons too… 

The first sign that a women may have a health problem is anovulatory cycles (missing ovulation) and/or irregular periods, and can be indicative of an underlying issue with our metabolic health, adrenals, pituitary gland, thyroid, endocrine system, ovares or hypothalamus.  

THAT’S A LOT… RIGHT?!

In fact, without ovulation, it’s not even considered a REAL period! BTW… You will not ovulate if you are on the pill (or many other hormonal contraceptives).

So, let’s get to it, and make sure you are in fact ovulating!

SIGNS YOU ARE OVULATING

1.  Cervical Mucus 

This is an important sign and put first because it actually tells you a lot of information. Our cervical mucus changes in the lead up to your Big ‘O’ (ovulation) and tends to go whiter, thicker, creamier, stickier and form an egg white type consistency. 

Now, this doesn’t look the same for everyone, but if it is happening a few days before you are due for ovulation (~day 14), then it is a really good sign! The most important thing is to look at the pattern for your normal. It is also important to note down when this happens, as you can get a second wave of this mucus, but it isn’t a second ovulation. Which is why we need step two if you want to track properly!

2.  Basal Body Temperature

This is a great indicator for whether you have ovulated or not… if you are using this for contraceptive purposes, then just relying on your body temp alone is not going to help, because your temperature rises AFTER ovulation. 

If there is no rise, then you most likely didn’t ovulate. However, we are not looking for a massive spike in ovulation, it can be as little as 2/10ths of an increase, for example going from 97.4°F/36.4°C and 97.6°F/36.6°C and it should stay elevated for the remainder of that cycle.

Key thing here is to track at the same time every morning for the most accurate reading, with an oral thermometer.

3.  Cervical Position

Now this final one can vary depending whether or not you have had children. If not then your cervix will be closed after ovulation, however if you have had children it will never fully close. 

When you are ovulating, your cervix will be softer, open and higher… your body is trying to make it as easy to conceive as possible, so it makes sense right! 

And if you aren’t quite comfortable with checking your cervix position, here are a few other signs you might be ovulating: increased sex drive, confidence, strength, energy and motivation. Glowing skin and fuller lips can also happen around ovulation… 

Remember your body’s goal every month is to conceive whether you want it to or not so it is doing all it can to make you more attractive to a mate!

READY TO BALANCE YOUR HORMONES?

So there you have it, 3 key ways to tell if you are ovulating! Did you find this helpful? Please share with me in the comments below! 

Also… If you are worried you might not be ovulating and want to get your cycle back in sync my 12-week signature program Reclaim Your Radiance will help you balance your hormones and get you ovulating regularly! Click here to apply!

Yours in Health,
Sheree xo 


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5 Ways To Reset Your Hormones After The Holidays

5 WAYS TO RESET YOUR HORMONES AFTER THE HOLIDAYS

26 / JANUARY / 2022
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It has been said that the worst month for PMS is January… So if you have been feeling this, know you are not alone, AND there is plenty you can do to reset those hormones so you can avoid any more PMS or period dramas!

Despite the fact that about 95% of women experience at least ONE PMS symptom a month… When it comes to PMS, period pain, hormonal acne, mood swings, bloating, irregular cycles (all the fun things that as women we are led to believe are normal) are in fact NOT! 

Which is why a huge part of my mission is to help women heal, so they can live healthy, balanced lives, pain and symptom free!

So, ready to dive in… here are 5 ways to reset your hormones after the holidays.

5 WAYS TO RESET YOUR HORMONES

Assess the Stress

The first thing to throw our hormones off is stress. Now this might not have been the typical stress that your body is used to going through from your work and normal routines. 

When you are on holiday or having a break from normality, a different kind of stress tends to creep in… whether that is less sleep, poor food choices, boundaries crossed, less exercise or more alcohol, they are all a stress on the body!

So, before you go trying a bajillion supplements, and going all out at the gym, take a look at what stresses you did have over the break and what you currently have on your plate and look at how you can support your body through it. 

This might look like taking more time for yourself in the morning to start the day in a grounded way. Or saying NO to working late, or taking on new projects. It is important to protect your energy and manage your stress levels if you want healthy balanced hormones!

Detoxify Your Liver

The liver typically takes the brunt of the load over the silly season, and so it is important to give it some extra love (especially if you didn’t during the madness). 

If you don’t support the liver and it’s detoxification pathways, you can actually end up storing excess hormones, or throwing off the balance of the hormones in the body - for example - estrogen! 

And too much of anything isn’t good, so you want to keep your hormones balanced nicely by adding in plenty of cruciferous veggies like kale, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower to your main meals. These support phase two of liver detoxification. 

Staying hydrated also helps the liver flush the toxins out, and adding a little lemon to the water definitely adds to the benefits of detoxifying. Not to mention taking a break from the alcohol and processed foods to ease the liver load!

Exercise in Sync with Your Cycle

Exercise can go astray on a break, or you may fall out of sync with your natural pattern! So the easiest way to reset is to come back to your cycle. 

Start training in sync with your 4 phases - follicular, ovulatory, luteal and menstrual, and listening to your body and what it needs as you transition. This helps the body stay in tune with your infradian rhythm (your monthly cyclic rhythm). If you want to dive deeper into this I have a blog for you here

Support Your Circadian Rhythm

Yes, us lucky females have both an infradian rhythm and a circadian rhythm, and holiday periods tend to throw off our body clock! So if you have found your nights getting later and later and it is harder to get out of bed in the mornings then this is your sign to reset that body clock!

Start by winding down half an hour earlier, get some blue light glasses, or switch off devices so that the brain doesn’t feel ON, then see if you can move your bedtime slowly back to where you know you feel good! 

Maybe remove the afternoon coffee that is giving you a buzz, and start listening to your natural rhythms to help you not only sleep earlier, but better so you can wake up feeling refreshed! Because in order for our hormones to be happy, our circadian rhythm needs to be balanced. 

Do My 4 Day Gut Reset

If you are wanting to give the body a good reset, cleanse the gut, and any bad bugs that may have built up over the silly season, or if your cycles have become irregular or too heavy, then my 4 day gut reset is the perfect mini-makeover for your insides! 

This 4-day gut reset helps reboot the microbiome, restore your energy, bring mental clarity and focus as well as help balance the hormones as you are starting at the root! If you are interested in giving this a go click here or if you have further questions on it, DM me @shereehannahwellness on IG! 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Remember, your hormones didn’t become unbalanced overnight, so they aren’t going to reset overnight either, it is a matter of being consistent and continuing to implement the tips above as needed to support your body and hormones to be healthy!

Yours in Health,
Sheree xo


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Top Tips For Period Pain

TOP TIPS FOR PERIOD PAIN

17 / NOVEMBER / 2021
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PERIOD CRAMPS ARE COMMON NOT NORMAL!! 

As a hormonal nutritionist, this is a conversation and complaint I am having/hearing far too often! 

Period pain should NOT be debilitating

Period pain should NOT need medication

Period pain should NOT stop you from living your life to the fullest

And if it is, there is nothing wrong with YOU, it is just your body trying to tell you something! Studies have shown that around 45 - 95% of women have painful periods! This statistic needs to change!

What we want to discover is WHY the body is in so much pain, and what is at the root cause, for that it is best to book a consultation with a holistic practitioner (I am happy to help)...

MY TOP TIPS FOR PERIOD PAIN

In the meantime here are my top 3 tips to help your body be free of period pain (hopefully once and for all)

Magnesium 

Adding in a high quality form of magnesium bisglycinate (around 300mg to start), will help mitigate the cramps, as it relaxes the nervous system and relieves muscular tension.

You may have heard of magnesium for preventing or helping with muscle cramps, well NEWSFLASH - your uterus is a muscular organ! Get that magnesium in your body… not just on your period, but all cycle long!

Anti-inflammatory Foods

Foods like ginger, turmeric, salmon, walnuts, avocado, leafy greens and berries are all fantastic for helping reduce inflammation, due to their omega content and/or anti-inflammatory properties including antioxidants 

The reason you are getting cramps is often high stress = not enough magnesium = high cortisol = high inflammation to prevent further injury, so adding in these anti-inflammatory foods to support your body can be a game changer.

Stock up on these and find creative ways to your diet throughout your cycle so your body is supporting you all month long, and helps even more around your period. 

Organsm 

This last one might surprise you, but studies have shown (and in all honesty from personal experience) this one is a goodie that often flies under the radar (hehehe)... if you don’t believe me, then give it a go! 

When you orgasm, the body produces hormones such as dopamine and oxytocin which are natural painkillers, that help send extra blood to the uterus to help relieve the period pain, not to mention it is pure bliss right? 

Whilst the orgasm may not last forever, the pain relief certainly does last quite awhile, solo or with a partner, it’s up to you!

FINAL THOUGHTS

*This info is not to replace medical advice - but has helped myself and clients from a holistic perspective, be sure to check in with your medical professional or book in to see a holistic practitioner for extra support in this area.

Yours in Health,
Sheree xo 


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The SHW Hormone Balancing Latte Recipe

THE SHWELLNESS HORMONE BALANCING LATTE RECIPE

5 / OCTOBER / 2021
SHEREE HEALTH DIARIES

If you’re looking for a yummy drink, that is not only going to support your hormones, but become your morning coffee replacement, you’ve come to the right place! 

When it comes to balancing your hormones, one of the number one things you can do is actually take a break (or completely come off) caffeine! 

Why? Well, a cup of coffee is like a cup of cortisol! 

Yup, your morning mug that’s ‘getting you through the day’ is probably contributing to your hormones being out of whack. But hey, I’m not here to take your coffee away from you, although I do suggest you try this delicious alternative in its place for 4 weeks and see how the body responds! 

The ingredients in this hormone balancing elixir aren’t all that complicated, in fact, I have kept it super simple because who wants to have 10 different ingredients they have to mix together every day! 

The ingredients that I have included however are HIGH QUALITY sources… and therefore it is important that you use a brand you trust or one I have listed below, as it will make a difference to not only the taste, but more importantly the benefits! 

ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS

1.  MACA ROOT POWDER (gelatinized) 

Originating in Peru, the yellow maca root is the most commonly found form, and is known for its benefits of balancing hormones, increasing libido, helping the body handle stress, and perfect during transitional phases (e.g. during your cyclic years or menopause). 

2.  ORGANIC CACAO POWDER 

Cacao is also derived from Peru (at least the ceremonial and high grades are), and is known for its cognitive benefits, boosting our antioxidants, mental health and response to inflammation which is particularly key in balancing our hormones. It is the perfect substitute for coffee as you still get the little boost of brain powder, but it is also heart opening and doesn’t have the same energy crash!

I use @selenohealth’s chocolate maca powder that actually combines both the cacao and maca in one mix, but you can buy both as separate ingredients on their website.  

3.  DAIRY-FREE COLLAGEN CREAMER 

This has been a more recent addition to my hormone balancing latte, and you can definitely make it without it, but I find that it is a delicious addition! Collagen is known in the beauty world for it’s positive effect on our skin, hair and nails, but even more importantly collagen is incredible for our gut health… which in turn supports our hormones! Not to mention it’s a little hit of protein to keep the blood sugars stable (again, quite the opposite to coffee). 

I personally use @doseandco dairy free collagen creamer in my morning mug, they have a variety of yummy flavours, so it’s helpful to mix it up (caramel is my fave). 

So there you have it, it’s super simple! All you will need is the above ingredients, your choice of milk and a milk frother (if you have one - otherwise a stove top will do). 

HOW TO PUT IT TOGETHER

Ingredients:

-  1 tbsp. @selenohealth chocolate maca powder (or 1 tsp. maca powder + 1 tsp. Cacao powder) 

-  1 serve of @doseandco dairy-free collagen creamer (flavour of your choice)

-  Milk of choice (I personally use unsweetened almond milk) 

Method:

1.  Add milk into frother and fill to just below max line (or on stove top) 

2.  Add in the powders and press the button to allow it to mix

3.  If you are using the stove, make sure it is on low to medium heat and allow the mix to simmer for 5 or so minutes

4.  Pour into your mug and enjoy!

If you do make this, be sure to tag me on social media @strengthen.heal.nourish and let me know what topping creations you come up with, I am always looking for more inspo! 

ENJOY!

If you are looking to truly reset your hormones and learn how to live in sync with your cycle, check out Find Your Flo, my 6-week programme here: https://shereehannahwellness.com/find-your-flo/

Yours in Health,
Sheree xo


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Top 3 Tips For PCOS

TOP 3 TIPS FOR PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

29 / SEPTEMBER / 2021
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It’s PCOS awareness month (and I am a little late to the party), but I am here to wrap it up with a bang! So what is PCOS, why does it matter, and what can we do about it! 

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is something that over 100,000,000 women are affected by, and is therefore considered the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age (endocrine = hormonal system). 

It is an inflammatory endocrine disorder that is typically a result of high androgens (and often elevated luteinizing hormone - LH). Essentially both prevent your ovarian follicles (eggs) from reaching ovulation (the release of the egg) or delays ovulation which is why women with PCOS can experience irregular or absent periods. 

It also has a significant impact on infertility, which can be heartbreaking and extremely challenging for those diagnosed with this syndrome. 

PCOS can also lead to other symptoms including:

-  Weight gain
-  Acne
-  Oily skin
-  Hair thinning/hair loss
-  Unwanted body hair (on places like face and arms)

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SUPPORT YOUR BODY

The good news is, there is a LOT you can do to support your body if you have PCOS, to optimise your body for your health, and fertility if that should ever be a goal. In fact, it is a condition that can be reversed and healed!! I’ve shared my top 3 below! 

BALANCE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS

I have said it before and I will say it again… this is THE number one thing you can do to balance your hormones! Insulin dysregulation or resistance can alter both FSH and LH production and therefore can lead to the CYSTS actually forming on your ovaries. 

You want to eat whole real foods that include a high quality source of protein, e.g. lean cuts of meat, high quality fats like walnuts and avocado, and plenty of leafy greens to support your liver and gut health! 

Carbs are also essential for healthy hormones, but the quality of carbohydrates are the most important when we are looking at PCOS. So root veggies like potato, sweet potato, pumpkin and wholegrains (preferably gluten free) are going to be your go to’s. 

DO NOT USE THE PILL TO MAKE YOUR CYCLES ‘REGULAR’

This is like turning off the smoke alarm without putting out the fire. The pill, or other hormonal contraceptives, only exacerbate the issue further, by shutting down ovulation completely. 

It may feel like it is working temporarily, but it is not the solution! Instead, balance your insulin and androgens with the tips above, and keep stress to a minimum, making time for you during your day. Try mediation, journaling, or yoga! 

FOCUS ON YOUR CIRCADIAN RHYTHM

As PCOS is an issue of ovulation, and cycles are most often irregular, it is super important that you focus on getting your daily rhythm regular, before you can think about getting your monthly rhythm regular. 

As females we have both our circadian rhythm (24 hour cycle) and infradian rhythm (monthly cycle). So, we must first balance one, then the other. One of the best ways to do this is through establishing a good sleep pattern. 

Focus on waking and sleeping at the same time every day over the next few weeks to allow the body to bring the circadian rhythm back into balance. It sounds simple, but the body loves the fundamentals, routine and consistency, and without enough or regular sleep, nothing in the body is going to be happy!

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If you are looking for further resources on PCOS or getting support check out:

The Period Party Podcast

The Book: 8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS - Dr. Fiona McCulloch

@larabriden
@nicolemjardim,
@drjolenebrighton on IG

Yours in Health,
Sheree xo

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9 Signs Your Hormones Are Imbalanced

9 SIGNS YOUR HORMONES ARE OUT OF BALANCE

25 / AUGUST / 2021
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So, you’ve landed here because you can tell there is something not quite right in your body… you’re experiencing symptoms, but you aren’t too sure what they mean, or what to do about them. Or maybe you’ve been told it’s all in your head (don’t even get me started on this one) 

Well, the great news is… You’re in the right place! If you feel like your hormones have gone haywire, then listen up because I am about to drop 9 signs and symptoms that whilst COMMON are not NORMAL and are clear indicators that your hormones need a bit of a reset! 

THE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

1. MOOD SWINGS

Ever acted like a crazy b**** only to find out that you were getting your period the next day (that explains a lot now doesn’t it). Or maybe you’re an emotional rollercoaster for the final two weeks of your cycle and feel like it is totally out of your control. 

YUP! This is a key sign your progesterone is deficient, or estrogen is dominating over it, or your stress hormones are running the show! 

It might be time to slow down, and maybe look at getting some support from either herbs or supplements (my favourites being Eve Wellness Co. chill pills or period pal) or reach out to a holistic nutritionist (like myself or someone you trust) to get some tailored support 

2. LOW LIBIDO

Can’t tell if it’s your partner? Or you? Or maybe your vibrator isn’t even doing it for you anymore… No it’s not because you are female, it is actually because your hormones aren’t happy. 

So many women put up with having painful sex, or just don’t feel like having sex at all because their hormones are out of whack. This can often be low testosterone or a lack of ovulation. Try adding in some strength training to your weekly regime to give the testosterone a boost! 

3. HEADACHES 

These can be a real pain in the butt, especially when you are just wanting to focus! The most common hormonal headaches are the ones you feel down the side of your head… this typically happens in the lead up to your period. 

If you get a headache around your forehead it could simply be dehydration, or if it's around the back, check your neck for tension or consider how long you sit behind a screen all day. 

Things like B vitamins, turmeric and ginger for a natural remedy or even some yoga or breathing practices to relieve the tension. 

4. NIGHT SWEATS

I’ve been here… my partner calls it waking up in Lake Taupo (if you’re in NZ you’ll understand). Honestly, aside from being embarrassing, it is actually a nightmare because your sheets get drenched, you get cold and it interrupts your sleep which if you’re anything like me… does not make for a happy human! 

Night sweats commonly come about in the lead up or during your period, and can be because estrogen is dipping too low (or is already too low). There are a number of things you can do to boost your estrogen levels, but first you want to make sure that is the root cause. I suggest getting some blood work done for your liver and kidneys and/or getting a hormone test done (my friends at Eve Wellness Co. do an awesome testing kit)

5. FOOD CRAVINGS

How many times have you reached for the block of chocolate, been craving carbs and sweet foods only to find out that HELLO you’re bleeding a few days later. Food cravings are a sign your hormones are imbalanced because we often crave these sorts of foods when our body is overworked or stressed. 

This ultimately leads to a magnesium deficiency and this is why CHOCOLATE is often the go to (it contains magnesium), except we don’t really get it in the quantities we need, the blood sugars go crazy because of the excessive sugar intake and our hormones go into haywire even more! 

To prevent this, get yourself a good quality magnesium, I love the one from BePure - it’s called Magnesium Restore, it’s a great starting point! 

6. ACNE

The dreaded spots that appear either all month long at different areas around your face, or pop up to say hello on your chin as a reminder that your period is due. Both are a sign of hormonal imbalances, finding out what that imbalance is, is the real key! 

It can be anything from high testosterone, high cortisol or high insulin or even an estrogen dominance. The first place you want to start when it comes to acne though is to make sure your diet is balanced… look at removing dairy and sugar or at least minimising them and see if this makes a difference, they are most often the main culprits. 

7. INSOMNIA

Now, I am a GRUMPY human if I do not get my sleep, and I am fortunate enough not to have experienced insomnia apart from the odd night here or there. But having it chronically can take a massive toll on your health! 

Sleep is literally the foundation to your health! Poor sleep = poor health = imbalanced hormones! Insomnia is different for everyone, but can be because of low progesterone, or too much cortisol (or both). If you are struggling to sleep I recommend adding in that high quality magnesium from BePure mentioned above, and if you need further assistance… flick me a message on IG! I’m here to help! 

8. TIREDNESS + FATIGUE

Whether it is chronic or just varying day to day, fatigue and tiredness can really hinder all aspects of your life, whether it’s getting your exercise in, focusing at work or not snapping at your loved ones… it is important that we wake up refreshed and have stable energy levels throughout the day! 

Most commonly, I see elevated cortisol levels or symptoms of adrenal fatigue in the clients that come to me overly exhausted. When this is the case, it sounds so simple but the best thing you can do is rest. There are plenty of supplements and dietary options too, but start with finding some time for self-care and extra sleep and notice how much more that helps! 

9. WEIGHT GAIN

Oh the joys of the stubborn weight that just won’t shift :( it really sucks! I feel you! No matter how little you eat, or how much you exercise, the weight still doesn’t budge… this is often a sign that there is something deeper going on that isn’t being addressed. 

From a hormonal perspective, this can look like elevated cortisol levels (weight around the stomach mostly), elevated estrogen levels (weight around the hips and thighs), unstable insulin levels (weight everywhere, especially on the triceps). 

The key thing to do here, is to actually make sure that you are eating enough. The more you restrict yourself the more weight your body will hold. Stick to a wholefoods diet, reduce processed foods and focus on nourishing your body! 

BALANCING YOUR HORMONES

Now you have a starting point for any of the symptoms you are experiencing when it comes to hormonal imbalances! However, balancing your hormones is a journey! If you are wanting a step by step guide to bring your hormones and body back into balance I suggest you check out my 12 week program - Reclaim Your Radiance for a long term solution!

Yours in Health,
Sheree xo 


SHEREE BEAUMONT

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