What happens where there is a chronic activation of the stress system in our body? On this episode of A Cyster & Her Mister, we talk about how our adrenal glands pump stress hormones and cause strong feelings of anxiety.
We get into how food and other external factors impact your stress hormones like cortisol and the overall influence this has on your body’s ability to produce & balance your levels of Progesterone and Estrogen, which impact anxiety. Not to mention, we uncover the triggers of stress in the body and what you can do to prevent the feelings of adrenal fatigue, stress, and anxiety!
Also – listen to our Win of the Week, where we talk about a cysters story and her latest wins losing weight and getting pregnant with PCOS!
Listened to the episode, but need a refresher? Read on!
Okay Cyster’s, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Yes – unfortunately, PCOS can most certainly lead to anxiety. Let me tell you why…
First of all, stress and anxiety don’t always come from dealing with difficult situations. It can, but not always. Anxiety can also stem from hormonal imbalance, inflammation, lack of good sleep and exercise, and more.
You’ll have to listen to the full podcast for all the specifics, but here are some examples of ways PCOS can lead to anxiety:
First, an inflammatory diet of dairy, gluten, and/or alcohol can put undue stress on the body. When your body is dealing with this inflammation, you are much more likely to experience anxiety because your body is in “struggle” mode. Birth control pills may also cause inflammation that can lead to the same side effects of anxiety.
Second, if you’re not eating enough protein, iron, zinc, Omega threes, or B vitamins, you’re more likely to experience symptoms of anxiety and depression. The body NEEDS these nutrients in order to produce the proper amount of hormones at the proper time, and keep them balanced.
And one more example: exercise. Preventing both physical and mental stress is one of the main reasons why exercising is so important for women with polycystic ovary sydrome (PCOS). Without a regular exercise routine, hormones can build up in the body and present themselves in the form of stress and anxiety.
There are many ways you can treat anxiety that stems from your PCOS. And honestly, all anxiety disorder in general. If you feel like your anxiety might be stemming from other sources in your life as well, these tips will still be helpful!
Cutting inflammatory foods, as well as any other trigger foods you might have, is a great way to reduce stress on the body. And thus the mental state as well. A healthy gut is directly tied to better mental health. Just now cutting out dairy? It can be hard to cold turkey. Try these delish dairy alternatives.
Sleep and exercise are REQUIRED for positive mental health. By burning off and getting rid of spent hormones, you can better clear your head and rid yourself of stress, anxiety, and even symptoms of depression. Sleep and exercise also help the body better regulate hormones, down to how much is released and when.
ALL the essential nutrients are required for healthy hormone production and really, overall health in general. However, with PCOS, there are some key essential nutrients you’re going to want to stay up and up on. These include protein, iron, zinc, Omega threes, and the array of B vitamins. Oh, and don’t forget the vitamin D as well…for more on PCOS and vitamin D, click here.
In addition to the essential nutrients listed above, it’s also a good idea to consume plenty of probiotics. Consumption of probiotics is directly linked to better gut health. And as we mentioned earlier, good gut health is directly linked to better mental health. The body works in mysterious ways, but when the gut is healthy, you can expect better health in many areas – the brain, the skin, the hair, the immune system, and so on.
Self-care is SO important when it comes to dealing with PCOS. Taking some time to focus on yourself and your overall health can reduce stress throughout the whole entire body. As well as give the mind a welcomed break. Both of which can reduce those feelings of anxiety. For tips on self-care with PCOS, click here.
If you feel like you’re doing EVERYTHING you can, and you’re still not seeing results, consider speaking to your healthcare provider about an additional supplement. There are PCOS supplements out there that can help manage these symptoms, as well as provide some of those essential nutrients we were talking about earlier.
There’s no shame in asking for help, and if a supplement can improve your overall quality of life, it’s something to consider. Just be sure to always do your own research, and get a second opinion if needed!
Feeling anxious? CBD might be the perfect short-term cure. Nowadays, you can relieve stress and anxiety through the use of CBD oil and/or gummies. More on CBD and PCOS below!
So yes, CBD can totally reduce the anxiety you feel from PCOS. Really, it can do more than that. CBD is good for PCOS because it reduces inflammation throughout the whole body and provides a calming effect. Less inflammation not only means less anxiety (and social anxiety!), but also less of the other PCOS symptoms that come from inflammation. Think less hair loss, more normal and regulated menstrual cycles, improved insulin resistance, and more. Less inflammation also means reduced risk of endometrial cancer.
Furthermore, CBD can also improve appetite, sleep, and overall motivation, which will only make it easier to get all those essential nutrients, and get plenty of sleep and exercise. So many wins with CBD. BUT, only if it’s right for you. Keep in mind that not everyone enjoys the effects of CBD, and that’s OK. But, as a fellow Cyster, I do recommend giving it the old college try. You just might be surprised at the difference it can make. More on CBD and PCOS, here.
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Welcome to a sister on her, mr. A podcast where we show you the real behind the scenes of how we balance the PCRs lifestyle in our marriage, gluten and dairy free. I’m telling your fellow sister and registered dietician And I’m husband, engineer, MPCs, personal trainer. We’re going to make PSUs a little less overwhelming and a lot more fun. What are they telling you?
We just had a full day of walking around in gardens of a garden called Roger Roger’s garden. Is this place here in Newport. It’s like a nursery and they have the most beautiful flowers. And see dad promised me today that we would buy one With the fantasy football winnings I had because I once the several hundred dollars. And because I caused so much stress to Italian,
I promised her that I would get her something with that money I want, what would that portion of money? So I demanded flowers, like a pot that I can put outside on the patio. I mean, I expected that we’re going to get like a cool big plant. Like I was expecting something that we could hang off the roof of the patio and just like,
it’s like beautiful. That would have been nice. And then as we’re walking around this place telling all of a sudden goes, Hey, how about we get small for small plants and pop them here in this big? Is that what I sound like? So we got, yeah, there’s this little area. You can put things. So we potted our own flowers.
We picked them and we had a relaxing day because we’ve been a little stressed lately. I mean, we’ve been working really hard and between personal life and work life, you barely get time to really relax. I barely could wake up today. I was so tired from the week and like everyday waking up to go to work and then working late at night and then just,
you know, the lack of sleep. I’m sure many of you, I literally rolled out of bed, rolled, slid his buddy, one leg, then the next, and then just slipped out of the bed. It was just like, I feel like when I’m sleeping, someone is injecting some sort of like drug into me to keep me asleep. Like,
and I’m fighting this person to, to wake up. Like, there’s a battle. Like, I’m like, no, like, you know what? I went like this in the movies when somebody wakes up in the hospital and they rip off all the wires off their body and they’re like, that’s me, but I can’t do it because somebody is injecting so much stuff into me that I just can’t get out.
That’s how I feel. It is like when I’m like sleeping, Sleeping. Yeah. Ever since I’ve known him, he’s loved sleep. And I really think that it’s because you never would get enough sleep before we moved in together. He had like a one and a half hour commute to work and then a one and a half or two hour commute back home.
And you’d have to wake up at like five and then stay up all night studying and doing all the things you want to do. And then sleeping at 12 and day after day, the same horrible sleep schedule. I think you just have like, you know, an off stress hormone situation, like most sisters out there. And this is how you are an honorary sister.
You made that official yet. But yeah, it’s gotten a little bit better now that we got married and we moved in together. My schedule is so much easier now that I live closer to work, but I think I have some improvement with sleep and just balancing out the stress hormones from, Yeah, I think we’re just sleeping too late at night now because you have to wake up so early.
I mean, this wasn’t like how we want to start the episode, but like, it perfectly syncs with the topic of the episode of which is adrenal fatigue, stress, anxiety, and like how all that links together and ways we can kind of prevent and resolve, resolve those issues. Yeah. Oftentimes sisters think that the stress and anxiety is like them who,
you know their personality or it’s just me. I’m just like this, but really it’s your hormones triggering this situation. It’s like mental state. And so once you understand what’s happening underneath it all, yeah. Then you’ll be more inclined to make certain changes that we’ll talk about later in this episode. Oh. And it’s not just like, like, it’s not just like,
Oh, your hormones are causing it. Well, your hormones are causing it because something is triggering your hormones. So like what, maybe something external, you know, affecting you to make your hormones become triggered like that. Yeah. So let’s get down to the bottom of this. What is happening with our hormones? So basically we have these little adrenal glands on top of our kidneys and they pump our stress hormones.
And so when they pump our stress hormones, when we’re stressed and we’ll talk about what triggers this type of stress and what you can do about it, this causes more cortisol to be made and less projesterone to be made. Progesterone is a hormone that we are supposed to have to all be late and to, you know, get our periods regular and get healthy skin.
And it affects our, um, Gabba hormone. So if you have progesterone, it supports Gabba. And that’s a calming neurotransmitter. I hear progesterone all the time, like online, when I go through like different pieces of us, like articles or like pieces of information. And I always see progesterone as one of those hormones are like important for your health.
So Everyone’s always asking to like, how do I get my progesterone up? And like, my progesterone’s low and what’s happening. So we’ll talk about how to get your progesterone back in order of, and once that’s an order, a lot of your symptoms will clear up, including your stress. Yeah. And yeah. And like what tie-ins said, progesterone calms calms me down because it helps support.
What’s called Gabba, which is a neurotransmitter that’s put that puts a stop to the panic and stress. Right. And yeah. And she mentioned cortisol. So high cortisol blocks, progesterone receptors, which means that you cannot efficiently use the little progesterone that you are making. So because like you have PCs, you may already struggle to create this progesterone and then does the high cortisol is not going to block those receptors.
And therefore you’re not going to, um, efficiently, So progesterone that you even have. Yeah. And, um, the other day I was listening to a podcast and it was actually, it wasn’t related to piece us. And the podcast was, um, this neuroscientist and he was talking about cortisol and how it relates to like pretty much, uh,
people getting sick and disease. And he said, this one thing that was really intriguing to me. He said, cortisol, when your body releases a high amounts of cortisol, which is a stress hormone, um, your, your body is sending all these, all this blood to your limbs, to your legs, to your hands, to your brain.
Like your head basically is trying to give you all this, um, make you ready to do to get into fight or flight mode, which is, you know, um, why you feel stress. So when that happens, um, not only is your limbs full of blood and your body’s ready to fight or fly, but it stops all of your regenerative processes in your,
in your body. What does that mean? That means like all the things that your body uses to recover the recovery process, it shuts that down. So like one on one, when your body needs to recover, like the nails, your skin, hair growth, acne, all like all those things that when you sleep, your body is trying to recover.
All that gets shut down because all your body cares about Producing cortisol to survive. Yeah. All he cares about is surviving that, that moment, because it thinks you’re in some sort of situation. So that’s why like we stayed cortisol and lowering cortisol is so important. You don’t want to make your body think you’re in this state. And that relates to like working out and like when you work out.
So like overexercise, which is another reason why you get adrenal fatigue, use you over workout, over exercise, and your cortisol is raised. And I look tall and continue here cause I’ve been talking for That’s right. And especially like you said, at night when we regenerate our hair and our, everything starts ourselves regenerate at night when we sleep with, we know women with PCOS often have insomnia and,
um, because of cortisol levels being high at night and low during the day, which is you should have enough energy during the day. It should be high during the day and then low at night. So you relax. But if it’s high at night, you can’t sleep. Your cells, aren’t regenerating you. You’re probably going to suffer from hair loss and all of these things.
And then it’s also really hard to lose weight. Cause that cortisol makes the fats accumulate in the stomach area. And that’s why women with PCOS really struggle with the stomach area more than anything. Yeah. That really relates to sleep too. Because if you have any sleep issues like insomnia and you just have trouble falling asleep, it’s most likely to do with the cortisol levels in your body,
like being triggered from coffee probably, or maybe over-exercising yeah. Coffee over-exercising we have a whole bunch of different triggers we’re going to get into. Yeah. Let’s get into those. Yeah. But before we do, I just want to mention that estrogen dominance is another issue for women with PCOS. Many women have this. If you get your hormones checked, you can see if you have it.
Don’t just take a supplement for it. Willy nilly, without seeing if you actually have estrogen dominance. And this often happens when we have like, uh, let me see, like hormone disrupting chemicals in our environment, or, um, just, it’s basically a hormonal issue that most women with PCs suffer with that affect your mood because compared to progesterone, if your estrogen is higher and your progesterone never,
um, never surpasses it so that you can oblate and all of these wonderful things to happen when you have higher progesterone, because your estrogen is too high, then anxiety, and I’ve taken a supplement for estrogen dominance before called Vitex. And it really helped. Yeah. It was really good. And then I took it for like too long. I took it for two months and then by the third month I was like,
Oh my gosh, this is too much for me. Yeah. And then I had to stop anxiety. Cause it was like, yeah, every time I woke up in the morning, I had anxiety because every time I took the pill and I was like, I think I’m done with this supplement. Like it did its job. So be your own doctor,
you know, if you feel right on something or not. Speaking of that, we’ll talk about birth control. Okay. So let’s get into triggers of stress and adrenal fatigue and anxiety in PSUs. Yes. So let’s see. So one of the major triggers is inflammation. Something we talk about all the time inflammation, like we always say is one of the,
of disease and uh, basically your body aging and all the, like all the underlying issues of your body. When you have inflammation, your body’s trying to fight it. It’s using all of its resources to fight. Yeah. And your S your cortisol is higher. Your stress hormones are higher because you’re in a chronic state of inflammation because you’re constantly eating or doing the things that are causing inflammation,
gluten and dairy. Exactly. Okay. So if you’re gluten and dairy free, you’ve already taken out all the food triggers, all the, all the triggers, like food, you taking that out, which is like the number one most important thing. Yeah. You could take a food sensitivity test to see if you have other food triggers, but the main ones are usually gluten and dairy.
And so once you take that out, like you said, it can help so much with your mood to the point where if you eat gluten and dairy, you’ll feel like my client has told me. One of my clients told me she has like anger. Like she literally feels rage, anger, and discomfort, like in her body when she eats gluten and dairy,
after she started cutting it out. And it’s interesting because a lot of, so a study show showed that women with PCs have low serotonin, which is like the feel good neurotransmitter transmitter. And so what we eat is really important because 400 times more serotonin is found in your gut, in your stomach than in your brain. So if you’re eating foods that are inflammatory and it’s ruining like the lining of your stomach,
um, you know how I mentioned the other episodes where your body releases zonulin and those tight junctions that hold your stomach together, loosen up and cause particles to get out and cause chronic inflammation in your bloodstream, in your body. And when, when you’re ruining the integrity of your stomach lining by eating inflammatory foods, you’re also disrupting your serotonin levels, which is where,
you know, which is 400 times more totally in your stomach. Yeah. There was actually a recent study. Like they, they, they found a couple of years ago where they found all of these brain receptors, or I should, I should say neurotransmitters, like, like, like cells in the, in the stomach. And that’s why they found that probiotics are very,
very, uh, important and for gut health and also for like depression, stress, anxiety. And they’ve seen that probiotics help with, um, preventing Alzheimer’s dementia and other, uh, mental issues. So like you, you would never think that the stomach and the brain are so connected, but now like it’s been shown that in fact, so, so much of this is connected between what you eat.
So if you constantly eat things that are bad, like Tanya mentioned, you’re going to put your stomach in a state of a bad, you know, bad state, therefore you’re going to have possibly like, you know, anxiety as a result, mental problems. Okay, Exactly. Exactly. So if you know that gluten and dairy is a trigger for you and it’s causing you harm,
then you need to like take care of that, you know, and that doesn’t go for everyone. But most of the people listening are trying to go gluten and dairy free probably, or thinking about it. And so you, you try it for a couple months. You see if it works for you, and if you’re a C feeling a difference, then for sure,
it’s not only about weight, it’s also about how you’re feeling like mentally. And, um, you know, if your stomach is bloated and so on. Okay. So another trigger is blood sugar issues. And so I know it’s 70% of women with PCOS have insulin resistance. So this is a big one because that insulin triggers high testosterone. And then when you have high testosterone,
your mood also changes from that to yeah. So, um, and that also lowers progesterone as well. Yeah. And something you’ve, you’ve taken with the blood sugar issues is the Avastin. Or you mentioned that it helps with these blood sugar issues is a basketball. You can take that. And it really helped with that dizziness if you’re feeling dizzy or if you have headaches,
cravings. Exactly. Yeah. If you’re having a lot of insulin resistance, so that insulin is floating around in your bloodstream, triggering high testosterone and this demonic craving that we talk about in that episode about cravings, that horrible feeling, you’re just going to die. If you don’t eat something with sugar or carbs, That person wanted to get their Bible and read a verse because they were feeling depressed.
Yeah. Oh, Vestal helps with that. That is what it targets. It helps with that insulin resistance, Caffeine. So yeah, like I do this to myself sometimes, and I don’t have PSUs again with that statement. Sometimes I’ll drink a little bit too much coffee and it’ll out, I’ll notice right away, like an hour later, I’m feeling tense.
I’m feeling like I’m overreacting to like, you know, you see something in the corner of your eye and you just turn it around. Cause again, it you’re just like who raised your stress hormones up because your body’s not used to high like that, that much caffeine all the time. So, or caffeine at all. And that same thing goes to your sisters is try to basically take caffeine out of your diet or like it might cause,
cause like adrenal fatigue and your stress hormones. Yeah. And maybe you don’t even realize that because your stress hormones are already up all the time. And it’s just like a thing that contributes to it. But you’re just in a chronic state of stress. You don’t even know. Totally. If you take out the coffee, you’ll probably notice that you’re not getting the jitters or you’re not getting that like that.
We’re like, you’re trying to think, but your brain is going too fast. Like all that feeling is more cyclic cause of coffee. Like I’ve had the same issue. So I like I’ve reduced my coffee and take two, like two to three cups. But obviously for, if you have peace us, try to just eliminate coffee just to eliminate it.
Coleen doesn’t drink coffee. Doesn’t have any caffeine. I don’t have any caffeine. Even if you have fatigue that will clear up as your hormones balance, as your cortisol levels balance and everything, the inflammation is targeted and everything, your fatigue will go away. The coffee is not going to help it go away. Yeah. You shouldn’t be fatigued all day long.
You know, that’s a hormonal issue that coffee can fix. Yeah. And if you love the taste of coffee, like me try to go to decaf. Although decaf has low amounts of caffeine in it still, but it’s still better than a cup of coffee. Yeah. Speaking of, like I said, being used to that state of stress there’s over-exercising so a lot of women are like going really hard at the gym cause you really want to lose weight.
And the doctor was like, you know, go and lose weight, do anything. Yeah. And that adrenaline rush that feeling you get from like working out really hard, feels good in that moment. It’s almost addicting. And your, your body is like, you know, wants to be at that level, but it’s actually afterwards, like not so good for your hormones because of that cortisol and stress hormone rush you get from doing intense cardio and totally.
And it’s not even just like, in my opinion, as a per piece, us personal trainer, but even just as a personal trainer, like I’ve been working out for pretty much 15 years and longer if I consider like my kid years. But like, I’ve always noticed from when I used to over out that I wouldn’t recover as well. I would come back to the gym and my muscles would be aching and I just wouldn’t be able to perform.
And I just saw like my body wasn’t like recovering and getting into the shape I want to be. And then like through the years I learned that at the cutback on the sets, the reps cut back on the intensity just a little bit. And I was, I saw much better improvement in like how my body performed, how it looked. And so same goes to like,
to you all, like if you’re trying to lose weight or just be in good shape, a lot of times going like scaling it back a little, this is going to really do well. I’m actually going to help you slowing your workouts. It’s going to give your body a chance to recover, which is like the number one thing you want after your workout.
Yeah. Think of how you feel after your workout. Because oftentimes when we’re like taking all these like caffeine supplements or Pirie workout, post-workout whatever. That’s like pumping us up during the workout afterwards. You just want to crash. Like you just can’t hang the next day because you’re so tired. Your body’s like beat from all of that. Yeah. And another topic that relates to adrenal fatigue and stress hormones,
there’s a trigger is birth control. Let’s try and talk about this one. If you’re taking birth control, it can deplete a lot of nutrients. So, um, vitamin B, vitamin D all of these things that help with your mood are not being absorbed as well because of birth control. Not just that it’s completely taking over your hormonal balance. I,
it doesn’t matter if they say it’s a low dose or this is the lowest dose of whatever, it, it, it still can trigger or hormonal, um, reaction in your body that affects your mood and multiple other things. It’s like a cascade effect that it has. So when, if you choose to take birth control, then you have to be really careful with you assess self-assessment.
If you don’t feel right, if you, if you feel like you’re off for a long time, or the scale is creeping up because it’s affecting your hormones and you know, you are your best doctor, you, nobody is forcing you to take any type of medication you can do, whatever is right for you. And you need to self assess and see like,
is this helping? Do I feel okay right now? Or evaluate if you want to look at other options, because oftentimes you’re like cornered at the doctor’s office and they tell you like, this is your only option. They don’t elaborate. They’re not going to, yeah. They’re not going to say gluten and dairy free. Like, they’re just, they just know the facts,
the scientific, um, you know, studies and whatever they have learned from school. What they’re going to provide you as Metformin. Obasi tall spear lactone. I mean, sorry, Metformin, spear, a lactone and birth control. Not opacity. That’s a supplement. Yeah. And if you, yeah, if you want to go any further than that,
you have to Researchers or like find like a piece you a specialist hopefully knows about all these things, but obviously like birth control is your choice. And it’s at the end of the day, like you should do what you think is right for your body. But our suggestion as time mentioned is try to go maybe like through the natural way first through like maybe vast at all,
and then trying to gluten dairy, free diet. Those two things are like big staples and reversing your symptoms naturally. And obviously after that, I think like birth control could be an option. If you want to see like your, where you’re at. I think I beg to differ because if you don’t see results going gluten, dairy free taking about. So if you’re one of,
one of few people that don’t see any results from doing that, there is so much you can do to understand your hormones. You can get a hormone test, you can see if your estrogen is too high or your gesture. And as Laura Further, don’t just stop there. Don’t just stop and go to birth control. After those two things dig further.
See what else? I like that. You know what I stopped at step after step two, I should have Reroute reroute. Yeah. Well, you’re the day shows dietician here. A lot of people think that, you know, they get discouraged and they’re like, I’m just going to go on birth control. This is too much for me. Wait,
I know there’s dirt on my sweater from going to Roger’s garden and potting for plans. Okay. So, uh, before we go on to like, um, resolving the, or not resolving, uh, fixing what you can do, um, we should just mention, uh, not to like target vegans or vegetarians or anything like that, or, you know,
we’re all, um, we’re all friends here. We’re all friends here, but we just want to just make a suggestion here or like, just make a note here in case, um, you are vegan and vegetarian and you have anxiety. Uh, studies have shown that if you don’t have, if you don’t get enough protein and you don’t, you’re not getting those specific immuno acids that make those neurotransmitters and hormones work.
Um, also such things as iron and zinc, Omega threes, B vitamins, all those things that come from me are like very important. And they directly related to anxiety, stress, adrenal fatigue, and basically balancing all those out. So just be, just be aware. I see a lot of clients who are vegan or vegetarian experiencing anxiety because of nutrient deficiencies.
Yeah. Yeah. So try to like, at least supplement those things. If you can’t eat meat, you know? Yeah. But pescatarian, if that’s an option, um, okay. So what can we do with all of this information now? You know, some of the triggers what’s happening, hormonally, all this is reversible. All of this is reversible.
Yes. So what can you do to target all of this? So there’s supplements, Omega three fats. What was your first, I think mentioned like the, like, like all the things we talked about, all the, all the triggers. So to prevent these things, try to avoid like coffee and any caffeine products, like pretty much, um,
as much as you can, all the time shipper and sugar, trying to avoid inflammatory, uh, inflammatory foods, such as gluten dairy, or like, just get those out of your diet. And you’re gonna get pretty much rid of all the inflammation most, most, if not all. Cause of everything else you’re doing in your life. Right. Yeah.
So, and a great supplements that you can take are Omega threes. Yes. So yeah, they’re essential in building your brain and like 60% of your brain is built from fatty acids, like Omega three. So studies show that omega-3 helps with anxiety. Yeah. 20% reduction in anxiety. Yeah. I actually like, omega-3 like, I am a huge,
huge of not just because of this episode, but like I take four pills a day of Omega threes and it’s, I don’t think you just want to go through as a combination of Omega three, six, and nine. I can link you guys like where I buy it from Amazon. If you guys are curious, just message on the DMS, on the podcast and I can send you guys the exact one that I buy.
And, um, but so there’s so many studies that show like different benefits. One, it helps with all these mental issues, not just stress and anxiety like we’re talking about, but also with Alzheimers with dementia, with basically they’ve shown that it helps with all of these aging mental problems because this, uh, this, these fatty acids in the Omega three is basically giving your brain more layers and layers of like this,
this fat that it needs in there. And it also helps with your metabolism. It helps with, uh, if you’re like trying to maybe possibly lose weight, it’s going to help you with that because it’s going to help you maintain your cravings at a low level. Cause the fat is a slow digest. It’s being solely digested by your stomach. So your stomach is fin feeling fulfilled for longer,
especially if you take it with food, like with a meal or if you take it with some sort of supplement, it absorbs so much better. So I’m going on a tangent here, but like I love Omega threes. Like it’s amazing. Yeah. And then there’s CBD Another one. Very similar. And the way it works, we’re CBD crazy in this family.
Yeah. I mean, I would say me more cause I take like a double dose every day. Yeah. He takes it a lot. My dad’s rubbing. Yeah. I got his dad. I got my, our dad into it because yeah, it’s so great. So CBD will not get you high. Let’s just get that out there. My nail lady she’s like that CBT so bad.
First of all, why by everyone’s high? Like first I buy mine online. So obviously you can’t buy THC products online in America. Like that’s not allowed. So it has no THC in it. The brand that I buy the completely not, not affiliated is a pure spectrum CBD. I think pure spectrum cbd.com is their website. Or there’s like CBD md.com.
They’re all like THC free. And you have, and those websites are like one of the best because you have to make sure that your CBD is the pure spectrum kind because there’s a lot of CVDs that have the very important compounds filtered out because it’s cheaper to make it that way. However, the legit places, the ones where like, it might be like slightly,
a little bit more expensive. The reason is, is because they’ve made it the legit way where all those important compounds that help with inflammation and help with stress, anxiety, they’re all in there. So like that’s, that’s the reason we’re saying take CBD is because it helps with inflammation lowering all that down And all sisters have inflammation. That’s like the root issue for Maine.
Mainly most people with PCLs it starts with inflammation. So the more you do about inflammation, CBD, Omega threes, gluten and dairy free, everything we’re saying the better off your hormones are going to be. Yeah. And it’s also like a calm, it calms you down. So like, it’s gonna give you a state of like calmness and like being like just relaxed and not like your height.
It’s just more like your brain is in a relaxed state. Yeah. What do you think of the gummies? Yeah. I remember one time you got us the gummies and I liked it, but like the thing is, I don’t know, like, like if it’s like the pure spectrum kind and I dunno if it was a high dose, like it was 10 milligrams.
And like now I take one where it’s like 50 milligrams each dose. I like that more. Cause it’s like, you know, like more, you’re getting more CBD. Whereas it gummy it’s like this little, I thought I would take the gummies, worked for you. I thought it worked for me. I gave you like an instant little boost of like,
okay, I’m fine. Yeah, Definitely. Yeah. Detectives gummy T H not TTO CBD ones as well. And we were wedding planning around that time when I had those gummies. Um, and I was like, I thought I was fine, but I was in a state of stress. I tend to like, think that I’m fine when I’m not.
And that really helped with like calming me down. Yeah. So those are like some of the supplements you can take, but there’s also like things you can do yourself, um, physically, mentally. So like telling you what I mentioned, like why circadian rhythm Girl, if you have PCO S circadian rhythm needs to be in the back of your mind at all times.
So this is basically, um, your sleep. Are you sleeping at night and just, okay. Your body has a rhythm. Okay. And that’s why we have eating times and sleeping times and a pattern that we need to stick to at all times so that the proper hormones are released at the proper times in the proper amounts. And like at night,
certain things happen to your body yet in the, during the day, certain things happen to your body. So in order for everything to stay in balance and in rhythm of the order that it needs to be, we have to make sure that our circadian rhythm is correct. So how do you do that? You know, sleeping between 11 and seven, o’clock really helps for your hormonal balance.
If you can’t do that, then you have to work on it by doing certain things during the day. So that’s doing an earlier workout, not drinking coffee, going on a walk in the morning and having those like morning rays of light wake you up because they’re different than the evening. Rays of light, that help you actually calm down. So these,
you know, going on a little walk here and there eating at the right times, I cannot stress this enough, like breakfast, lunch, dinner, um, if you’re doing intermittent fasting and it’s working for you, go for it. But I’m just saying like these meal times are also really important for your insulin levels. And so that’s a hormone that’s released,
you know, more and less and more and less, depending on like what time you eat. So if you eat in a certain pattern in a certain rhythm, then that hormone is going to be released at the right times and not over released when you eat a huge meal and not anything during the day, like some people don’t eat anything during the day,
then a huge dinner. All this insulin is released. It’s so bad for your hormones. That’s not how it should work in your body. It’s your metabolism, your hormones, everything. That’s like one of them. Yeah. Suddenly you’re like storing all of it as fat. You’re not going to burn in. Yeah. And it’s like such an interesting thing that tine said,
like, you’re, our body does like these, these crazy things that we don’t even realize when you wake up and the sun hits your body, your body knows it’s the sun. So we release these releases, these hormones to wake you up eventually. And to put you in a state of, you know, the right mood to start your day. And then like,
as you’re going throughout your day, when you have lunch, it knows from where the sun is like, as your day is going. And when it’s nighttime, it’s releasing like melatonin and other hormones to kind of put you in the state of sleep. And like when you eat dinner, same thing. When, when you’re staring at your cell phone at like 11 o’clock at night,
that’s triggering your body to think that it’s still sunshine and you should still be awake. And that’s why they have night shift and night shift glasses too, to make sure that your body isn’t being triggered at the wrong time. So when you put those on at night, it’s to say it’s time to wind down. Yeah. Yeah. And that’s why it’s important basically is to get in a consistent sleeping rhythm,
circadian rhythm. Just so your body is like on that nice schedule. Exactly. And like, kind of related to this is a little bit related is like working out and like possibly things like that. Like the regular sauna is kind of taking the energy out of your brain. Like all this, like sometimes we have stress and anxiety because we like, we overthink because we were just like,
we’re sitting all day at the office working and we’re not just getting our body to move and like things. So you just need to work out. Right. So we mentioned earlier over-exercising so if you just work out right, that by itself is going to help reduce a lot of the stress and anxiety, getting that energy out of your brain. Cause it’s all pent up in there.
Yeah, exactly. Or controlling your mind through meditation. And um, like you said, sauna, just like it, it shuts your mind down a little bit. And even having like a focus phrase or some type of mantra that keeps your mind. Right? Because even those stressful thoughts are going to trigger stress, hormones and the whole thing with cortisol,
like you said, it’s, it’s going to cause your cell regeneration to shut down. Like if you’re constantly in a state of stress, thinking stressful thoughts and talking negatively to yourself on all of this, it’s going to be even harder to lose weight because you are literally pumping cortisol, which causes fat to hang out in your stomach area. So what I’m saying is if you think right,
just by thinking you can, Yeah. Meditation is really good. And if you don’t know how to start meditating, like me and tying had no idea how to meditate, start with one of the apps, like on your phone. Like we use Headspace. Yeah. There’s calm. There’s a bunch of other ones. There’s like, there’s free options. There’s paid options.
Whatever you do try to find the app. Cause that will really teach you how to do it. And you’ll be surprised like my first time I was like, okay, this is cool. And then the second time I realized how much better I felt that I was addicted. Yeah. And now like 10 minutes before we even started this podcast, he was on his reverse,
uh, table thing doing a 10 minute meditation upside down. Yeah. My inversion table. It hangs you upside down so that your spine stretches. And then while I do that, I do meditation. So I should actually maybe talk about what that inversion table, why do I use it? So we have scoliosis. Well, we have, we have scoliosis.
A lot of people have scoliosis, which is like, like a slight bend in your spine. It’s like a common thing now these days. And um, but like even for everybody, why an inversion table can be beneficial is so every day when you sit, even when you’re standing, your spine is being compressed, like just the simple effect of gravity is just,
is pulling our bodies down. Right? So like your spine every day gets compressed a certain amount. However, when you sleep, your body is actually able to decompress and you get, you get like 99.9, nine, 9% of that length back. However, over time as you like grow over time, that just adds up that compression. And that’s why,
like, if you’ve noticed people who are maybe older, like in their eighties, nineties, they’re usually like a little scrunched up, you know, like, like, like an accordion. Yes. Their spine is like, the reason really is because They’ve just been, their spine have been compressed over time. All the sitting, all this, standing, all this,
like just constant gravity pulling on their spine. And that’s why, yeah. My, why I do inversion table is like to reverse that myself. And it’s the studies show that it really helps with that. And it actually helps with blood circulation too, because your blood just completely rushed to your brain. So it’s just something I’ve been using and not related to this at all,
but see is very good at self care. Yeah. Since the day I’ve met, you, you’ve made time for stress management for inversion table. Right. Well, I had so much to say about all these things. I can go hours should be an hour long because like all these things that we’re talking about, like I know personally before this like peace,
the peace U us topic came into my life with Tallinn. Yeah. Because I just was so much into self care and all this stuff. So I’m so glad that like I’m here. Yeah. You’ve developed the habits of doing most of the things on this list that CBD though, mega threes, the rituals of meditation and things like this. It’s a habit that you have to form over time and we’re telling you all of these things,
just choose one and start with that. Like, you’ll just get used to, you’ll see the benefits and then yeah. You’ll keep doing. And we didn’t mention, um, a couple of other supplements you could look at, look at them as supplements is essential oils, lavender oil. It’s not a supplement, but you can put that in a diffuser.
Exactly. Like in the oil has sedative qualities. So like going to take a bath or get a diffuser to really hope. And then there’s green tea, which is, it has in it. It’s a compound that studies have shown helps you stay calm. And so you can also take an Elfie Indian supplement if you don’t like green tea. So typically people take 200 milligrams twice daily in supplement form.
I’ve taken the supplement. I really like it. I mean, anything that will continue to boost my, um, inflammation and stress I’ll take because no matter what you do, you’re still going to, um, experience stress. This is like a normal part of living. And so you really want to combat it with the right thing. So healthy and in something that Yeah.
Helps with that. Yeah. And yeah, B vitamins very essential for stress management energy and like your neurotransmitter balance. We mentioned earlier with me, it contains B12 and other amino acids. So like B vitamins, very important for those neurotransmitters that relate to stress and anxiety and adrenal fatigue. And of course for energy as well. Yes. Yeah. They really caps off all this stuff about adrenal fatigue,
stress, anxiety, but let’s not forget. We never do our win of the week or sister of the week. As I like to call it Drew up the week. Lillian, she DMD me. She sent me a before and after and she sent this awesome message. Baby, do you want to read it Two months? She, in two months of being gluten and dairy free and taking back my health,
I lost 22 pounds, seen a normal cycle. And now after almost two and a half years of an infertility journey that came after a second trimester miscarriage, I am pregnant with our rainbow miracle. That’s amazing. Amazing, good job. I’m so happy for you. And I think in this picture right here, I see them holding a baby. Yeah.
Well guess what she adopted a child while she was, cause she realized, you know, this infertility journey is so challenging, this and that or whatever, triggered them to adopt a child. Boom. She got pregnant after going gluten and dairy free regulating her periods and getting a normal cycle and all of this. Yeah. And share it like a two and a half year journey.
And you’ll had some tough times and like, we’re so glad you kept going. Like that’s the toughest part? And you went gluten and dairy free and for two months, and she, even, she in this message, she wrote, I’ve lost 22 pounds, but later she DMD me and she said she hit her 30 pound goal. Wow. That’s amazing.
I’m going to end up crying one day on the podcast. Sometimes calling sends me like testimonials, like via text while not when I’m at my other engineering job. And like I’ll read it. And I’m like, Oh, I’m gonna like tear up. Sometimes I wear like, it’s so nice to things that people say that you ladies say like one to my wife,
it always makes me happy that my wife is doing like this wonderful thing to the community. But then when I read my name in there, I get so happy. Like on top of that 10, 10 fold, maybe then like just, it’s an amazing experience that we’re all in right now. Seriously. We’re really amazed at the power of social media and being able to reach all of you sisters out there who are struggling with PCs and not finding a platform that you can relate to.
That’s a really giving you a solution to it. And we’re so blessed to be able to touch your lives. So keep sending us these wonderful messages that seriously make our days, right. Yeah. I really do really do well. Thank you for joining this. I was on this episode, we started this one out pretty tired, but I feel really energized.
This is great. We should just continue for a whole hour Babbling. So what are you guys going to do now? You’re going to light a candle. You’re gonna order some supplements. You’re gonna plan your gluten and dairy free meals. Yeah. And just keep your head straight, meditate, meditating, you know, clear thoughts and just getting your mantra,
picking a mantra, getting that in your head and just kind of, you know, one day at a time To the puzzle of the weight loss journey, stress management. Yeah. Alrighty. We’ll see you all next week. We hope you have a great week and Talk to you soon. Bye bye. Hey, if you enjoyed listening to this podcast,
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