Why do some women with PCOS experience hair loss on their scalp? On this episode, we discuss the causes of hair loss in women with PCOS and the treatment options available to reverse the symptoms!
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And I never forgot that comment because I thought it was so dumb. I think I’m more than my Hair. I understand. So this podcast episode is about hair loss, and I understand the devastation of hair loss, and I’m not disregarding that it’s very devastating, but it’s also important to have perspective about life and body image and your self image and understand that our physical features don’t define us.
Yeah. And when you’re going through all these PCO S symptoms, this is something to really hold on to and think about. And it will make you have a stronger character and more self-confidence than anyone else, despite the symptoms of PCOS. Yeah. And I mean, I look back on when I was struggling with all the symptoms at once and, you know,
things were awful. And during that moment, I didn’t realize this, but later I realized, you know, what, that all of that was just physical symptoms. My emotional spirit, my happiness is so important. And now I prioritize that so much more than caring about what I look like on the outside. That is a beautiful message. And I think the example you gave was about like that guy you were dating.
I think he was just trying to compliment you in saying, you know, I never forgot that because I didn’t take it as a compliment. And I understand why, because like, you’re, that’s putting the pressure that your hair always has to be on point because that’s, what’s gonna make you be who you are, which like you just explained. That’s not the case.
Like that’s just one physical feature To show how much he thought of me. Like, I was just a pretty girl with hair. What about after that? Like years later, my hair started falling out. I was really stressed. I was doing my dietetic internship and my hair thinned. Now. It was long. And when it started thinning, I didn’t like how,
you know, it was starting to look anymore. So I cut it short and then I did this cute Bob and I made it work, even though my hair was thinning. And like, that guy’s comment. Like I would still think of him. I’m like, I can’t believe he said that to me. Like, I’m trying to overcome this. I’m trying not to let it not get to me and define me,
you know? And I’m not going to let that comment get to me either. Absolutely. And that, I hope that message goes out to all the sisters listening right now. If you’re having those symptoms of hair loss, you know, that does not define who you are. It doesn’t mean that you’re not beautiful. It doesn’t change anything about you. You are still who you are.
And it’s just one symptom that you may need to just reverse through diet and lifestyle and get down to the root. Cause it doesn’t mean that anything is broken or something’s broken. It just means that maybe somethings need adjustment. Yeah. Yeah. Everybody is different too. Like all are some everyone’s symptoms look different. That’s part of the reason why it’s so hard to diagnose PCs.
You know, I had awful acne. Some sisters don’t have awful life acne. Some sisters have awful hair loss and some SIM sisters don’t like, I didn’t have it so much, but I did have some, you know, so it’s different on everyone, but you know, we will talk to you about how to reverse this in this episode. We don’t want you to feel down about it any longer.
We’re trying to instill confidence and build character through these symptoms of PCO. Yeah. And then before we get into like a hair loss, how to treat it, the root causes and all that, I want to just give one example. So it sets up like sets you up with, with hope and motivation. I want to give an example of a fellow sister.
Her name was Fatima and for Tema messaged us on Instagram. And I hope you’re listening for Tema. She messaged us on Instagram. I would say like about six months ago saying she was experiencing hair loss and I believe some facial hair growth and like some of these symptoms. And she asked how she can, you know, like reverse this. Like she was feeling very down and,
you know, we recommended, you know, focusing on diet and lifestyle specifically, you know, how gluten and dairy free can help with insulin resistance and how insulin resistance can be, can be one of the underlying factors for hair loss, which we’ll get into. And, you know, she took our suggestion and made some of the changes she fought. She thought that was best for her.
And a few months later, I want to say like a month or two later, she DMD us and said, Tallinn, see my hair is going back. I see baby hairs. Oh my God. I feel so much happier. I can’t believe it’s actually reversing. And we still speak with her to this day on Instagram lives through, through DMS,
on our live yesterday. And it’s so like inspiring motivational to see, you know, in person how someone can actually reverse the symptoms without going through like these very restrictive manners or even going through something that’s that maybe they don’t want to do. So that’s some sort of, yeah. Inspirational story. Yeah. A beacon of hope right there. She started growing her hair,
but I also hear sisters like ma they message us saying that their baby hairs are growing back, like on the sides of their head. Yeah. And I think that’s cool too. Like, that’s a interesting way to notice the hair growing back. Those like thin hairs on the sides. Yeah. Okay. Yep. All right. So with that being said,
let’s go into the episode. So hair loss, we should mention that hair loss is a normal part of your hair shedding cycle. So if you see a hair on your brush or in the shower, like don’t automatically assume that you’re experiencing hair loss because it’s a normal cycle for certain hairs to fall off, new wants to grow. It happens to everyone with hair.
Exactly. I mean, I see her fall all the time. Like on my brush in the shower. I don’t think I have that same hair loss that I had at one point, but it’s normal. You’re going to lose some hair. Yeah. Hair loss with PCOS is called Andra genic alopecia. So it’s a result of high androgens, high testosterone,
high D H E a high and Justin, Andrew
Yeah. I would say too. And just, I mean, I mean, at least I saw them experience it. I’m scared. I’m pretty sure I’ll will experience it at some point in the future. Who knows, you know, genetics play, but genetics do play. And that’s where, that’s where, what you said earlier about, that’s not who you are as a person.
Yeah. That was, that is something that, you know, I will probably have to accept at some point in the future when I, when I go, when I’m balding or things like that. But yeah, it’s, it’s tough. I don’t feel like society, judges, men, as much as they would women with hair loss. And that being said,
don’t let society, judge you like, this is your life, you know, you’re managing your symptoms. Yeah. So basically with PCO S that testosterone, here’s what happens. It breaks down to a potent form of testosterone called D H T and then this gets into the hair follicles oil gland. So if you see a picture of a hair follicle, you see an oil gland,
thanks to the hair follicle. And so what happens is this DHT actually shrinks the hair follicle and it shrinks it and it kills it off in the process. And that causes the hair loss. And it also increases oil production in that oil gland. So if you get cystic acne, you know, that’s also how you get cystic acne. So for my body,
I got more cystic acne than hair loss. Everyone’s different, but this is the process of what’s happening. So I, I just want to, I love to always like break down what you explained and make it super clear. So the testosterone where’s the testosterone coming from the ovaries or, right. Okay. So the testosterone is coming into the body. Let’s just say,
and there’s being broken down into the most, or one of the most potent forms of testosterone called DHT. Okay. And this DHT, it gets into the hair follicles oil, Glen, and shrinks the hair follicle. Is that correct? Did I understand? Right. Okay. And then that’s where the, because it gets, it gets shrunk. It kills off the hair one product and it basically.
Okay. All right. See, I’m learning with you sisters. Interesting to know, because now when you visualize it and you can really understand what’s happening. And so when you make the lifestyle changes, you’re like, okay, well, this is going to prevent DHT from doing this to my hair fog. You know, that process gets you more motivated to make changes.
So basically this looks like a receding hairline, the mid part or crown of your head recedes. And it feels very devastating. Cause it just, it can happen in clumps. You know, it’s very upsetting. So I deeply sympathize how your hair should be growing is what should happen is your hair grows at the bottom of your hair. Follicle, your blood vessels should feed the roots of your hair and then your hair should push out through the skin and pass through the oil glands to keep it shiny.
And then you’ll, you would have healthy hair, but here’s happens with PCO. S do you want to launch into it, baby? No, you do. You’re explaining. So I’m trying to learn with you explaining so I could absorb information and regurgitate on a future life. Maybe we’ll be massaging your hair with special oils to keep the DHT from causing it to we’ll have both of us.
We’ll do these like hair masks one day. Oh my gosh. We should do this YouTube video. Okay. So some women have more sensitive receptors sites in the hair follicle, and this makes it more efficient at accepting the DHT. And then that makes them more sensitive to hair loss. So like I said, everyone is different. Some sisters will have more hair loss than others,
you know, and personally my oil glands are more sensitive and I’m more prone to acne. So excess tests and then another cause for PC. So that’s one, cause another cause for is hair loss that excess testosterone and androgens can cause inflammation. So when you have inflammation, they hair follicles are more sensitive to that oxidative stress, which is inflammation. And,
you know, antioxidants can help with this and anti-inflammatory diet can help with this because all that inflammation is going to create maybe redness on your skin bumps and of course, hair fall. So then in this case, you want to make sure that you’re getting a good amount of antioxidant foods or you’re basing your diet around things. That will be a good antioxidant,
you know? Yeah. And eating enough, because if you don’t have those nutrients and antioxidants in your diet, then you know, your body’s not going to prioritize hair growth. Yeah. I mean, many people forget about the lack of nutrients being a factor on your hair, your hair, just like anything else needs to grow. It needs to, it needs nutrients,
vitamins or things like that to basically grow healthy. And if it doesn’t have enough, maybe you’re cutting calories or you’re not eating enough foods or eating the wrong foods. Maybe then it doesn’t get the proper nutrients. It needs to grow and be like, you know, healthy. Yeah. Think of it. This way. Hair is not useful to our body.
Hair is just hair. It’s not doing that much, But there is a biological reason for it. Okay, fine. But it’s not Eyebrows so that you can make mean faces at me and give me your attitude when you’re not happy with here is for, I’ll tell you that much. It was made for wives to get mad at their husbands. That’s why hair is here.
No, no. What I’m trying to say is if you have a lack of nutrients, your body’s not going to prioritize hair over making hormones. Yeah. That’s true. Think of it this way. Like you need those nutrients. You need to be eating enough. Yeah. Cutting those calories. Cutting those carbs. This restriction can bring on inflammation, stress,
hormones, gathering around your hair follicle, like I said, and causing them to fall out. Yes. Okay. So the third reason for hair loss with S is thyroid. So thyroid related hair loss is more uniform. It’s all over your head. And a lot of sisters have this. A fourth of women with PCs have hypothyroidism. And this is when you’re not producing enough thyroid hormone.
Or if you have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune condition where your P your body is attacking the thyroid gland, you’re also not producing enough thyroid hormone. So when the thyroid hormone is disrupted, the hair, doesn’t grow back and starts to thin, like I said, all over the head. So if you feel tired, cold, if you have dry skin,
you’re gaining weight, the hairs falling all over your head might be sign of thyroid issues. So you have to get a full thyroid panel to really see what’s going on and make sure that your thyroid is doing okay. This is one of the S types. So many of us have it. And the symptoms of thyroid issues are similar to the symptoms of PCOS.
So these are some of the reasons why we might struggle with hair loss. And as a Mister, I’ll just, I like to always summarize. So just to go, so the three reasons for hair loss that we just talked, you just talked about, we talked about, well, actually rewind. If you want to re-listen to all the details, I’ll just,
I’ll just summarize real quickly. But the three reasons we just mentioned where someone with PCRs have more sensitive receptors in the hair follicles, which are more efficient at accepting DHT, and then therefore making them more sensitive to hair loss. Did I see that? Right? Right. Yes. And then, you know, when you have excess testosterone and androgens, it can cause inflammation.
And then her fault, since her fall clues are sensitive to oxidative stress, and basically the inflammation that comes can lead to the hair follicles, falling out. And then the third is thyroid, you know, hypothyroidism Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. It can actually lead to hair loss as well. Yes. And the difference is that the Hashimoto’s is all over. Whereas androgenic alopecia is the hair line And like the middle part of the crown.
Okay, great. So I asked you there’s, if you want to listen back to that to you to details, please go back. And with that, we’ll move to, what are the treatments for hair loss? How can we treat hair loss at root cause at the underlying issues? So we can fix it and not just put a mask or put a bandaid on it.
Exactly. So common drug treatment. One of them is spironolactone. Now I don’t want to, I don’t want to say that, like, don’t take it because sometimes hair loss is so devastating that, you know, drug intervention might be necessary. You know? So spironolactone mimics the shape of testosterone and it blocks the receptor. So D H T can’t get in there and make that follicle weak and cause the hair to fall out.
Okay. So one of the effects can that spironolactone can have though, is it can stop us from ovulating and this causes irregular periods. So it’s important that we obviate because that is what suppresses excess testosterone. It blocks, you know, having too much testosterone. Yeah. And It also helps to make, you know, progesterone, which is a natural testosterone blocker.
Yeah. So you’re taking this drug, it’s helping with the testosterone. It’s like blocking it, but it’s also stopping you from ovulating. And then that your natural ability to block the testosterone is being suppressed. So with this case, your base basically making the root cause worse, but fixing at the same time, basically like a band-aid fix, you’re putting a bandaid over it to kind of like,
ah, I don’t want to deal with this, but really not really fixing it. It’s like, yeah. But if you take spironolactone in conjunction with diet, lifestyle changes that reduce your testosterone levels, then eventually you could get off of it and not struggle with hair loss anymore because now you’ve reversed the root issue. Then we go to kumbaya. Then we say kumbaya.
Yeah, exactly. Okay. But then there are tips to actually naturally treat hair loss at the root cause I love saying the root cause with hair because it’s like root. Yeah. The root of your hair. It’s like the root, you know, we are just cheesy joke makers here, but you know, we do what we can. Okay. So the tips to naturally treat hair loss,
be what would be your first tip? Well, actually, I mean, definitely like insulin resistance is one of the main tips, but we’ll get, we’ll get to that one. Let’s first go over some of the other tips that we haven’t talked about as much, the first one being Rosemary oil. So Rosemary oil works by blocking testosterone from converting to DHT.
As you listened earlier, DHT is one of the most potent forms of testosterone, therefore the most damaging. So what they did was they did a research study, gating, a hundred people with hair loss and put Rosemary oil on their scalp. And they found that it was just as effective as ragging. So if you don’t know, Rogaine is a, it’s a men’s hair loss product.
They basically it’s like a spray or something they put on it. Mentum helped them regrow hair. So they found that Rosemary oil was just as effective as this. And they used about 15 drops into the scalp twice a day. At three months, there is no change, but at six months they saw improvement. This is because it takes a long time for hair to grow and you have to be patient and trust the lifestyle change.
Just like with earlier, we were mentioning about Fatima story and how it took her about six months, a little bit more to fully get, get her hair back. And I mean, it took her a couple months to just start it, start the process. So with that being said, with any diet lifestyle change, it’s going to take up about you six,
whole months, you got to be patient and Cool has a law, a lifespan. It can’t just like instantly show up and grow. You have to give it time to regrow, to reroute itself, to, to grow long enough for you to notice like this is going to take some time. It’s not going to take three months. It’s going to take six,
12 months. How much does your hair grow in one month? Isn’t it half an inch. I have no idea everyone’s different to every Wednesday, but my point is like, it grows so slowly that you can’t expect instant results with hair growth, for sure. Okay. The next one is spearmint tea. This is a popular one. So spearmint tea also stops the conversion of testosterone to DHT and two cups a day,
significantly improves testosterone levels. And that’s actually one of the things that Fatemia did herself. I remember she said she listened to our advice about spearmint tea and she would drink it basically multiple times a day. So that’s also one of our go-to tips. Yeah. Studies show, you know, spearmint tea and Rosemary oil. So these are really two potent tips that you should immediately put into effect.
Yeah. And just remember though, when you do these two things, you also want to incorporate other diet and lifestyle changes to get the full benefit. Yeah. Incorporate all five of these tips and call us in six months and let us know. Yeah. Yes, exactly. So a number three on the list are pumpkin seeds. So pumpkin seeds are rich in Irin,
sorry. Irin, zinc, magnesium and antioxidants. So the oil in pumpkin seeds actually has ability to inhibit DHT production from testosterone by blocking the alpha five reductase enzyme. Yeah. Whew, let me repeat that. Weren’t that? Sorry. So the oil in pumpkin seed has the ability to inhibit DHT production. We talked about that DHT is the most potent form of testosterone.
So it blocks that. And how does it do it? It blocks the alpha five reductase enzyme Is what converts testosterone to DHT. Yes. That’s how most of these things work. That’s there like blocking that enzyme from converting testosterone to DHT and DHT is what gathers around that hair fall. Cool. Causing a tear out, fall out. Yeah. Yeah.
Like we said, so, And then related to that is saw Palmetto. So the fourth one, the fourth tip is saw Palmetto, which is an herb that prevents the conversion of testosterone to DHT. So similar to the other ones saw Palmetto, pumpkin seeds, spearmint, spearmint, tea, Rosemary, Rosemary oil. These are all focusing on that conversion of testosterone to DHT and also just making sure that the testosterone levels aren’t.
So, So here’s what we’re going to do. Sisters. You’re going to pour yourself some hot spearmint tea. You’re going to get a small of pumpkin seeds and put it next to the Tina ball. You’re going to put some Rosemary oil in your hair. You’re going to grab a supplement of saw Palmetto supplement, swallow it and go sit on the couch,
sip your tea, your pumpkin seeds and wait six months every night. This is your nightly Winestein routine for hair regrowth. Yeah. Let us know in six months what happened? And we should just put a disclaimer. Obviously we’re not your doctor. So if any of these supplements or things we mentioned, you may be, maybe you have allergy to, or maybe you don’t know for sure.
If you should be taking it, please consult with your doctor. If you have any questions about it, especially like any supplement, like on an assault, Palmetto, these things, they are natural, but of course everyone’s different. Your reaction might be different. So it’s our job to tell you if you have any questions or if you have any, you know,
concerns consult with your doctor first, Right. But you can’t out supplement a poor diet. So babe, launch into the insulin resistance. Yeah. So The last tip to naturally treat her last, I would say, this is the biggest tip because this tip is going to go along with the other four tips. We just mentioned, you have to do this one.
If you really want everything else to work. And that is managing insulin resistance. We’ve said it so many times on lives on podcasts, but we’ll say it again. Insulin resistance, 70 to 80% of women with PCOS have insulin resistance and insulin resistance can lead to multiple different symptoms. That’s why earlier we talked about how every woman with peace juice has different symptoms that are more dominant than others and insulin resistance can cause some of them like that.
So like for, for some people it can cause more acne for some people, it can cause more hair loss for some hair growth for others, something else. So with that being said, it’s just like treating insulin resistance can be really a great solution to one of a lot of these symptoms. Exactly. And we tell you all about how to do this,
you know, in our other podcasts, but we can briefly gloss over here right now going gluten and dairy free can reduce that spike of insulin as well as inflammation and inflammation. Yeah. So gluten and dairy are two of the biggest food groups that actually cause inflammation and insulin resistance. So we talked about 70 to 80% of women with PCOS have insulin resistance.
And one of the everyone with peace just basically has inflammation type. So we’re already, we’re already treating the two causes right here that can lead to hair loss and not to mention of acid hall. So of acid hall, as we’ve talked about on a couple of weeks ago is a natural in all-star supplement. It helps to basically treat the insulin resistance at the root cause,
which is, you know, making sure that your ratio of in also talls are correct. And yeah, I mean, Novasol gluten dairy-free, those are, or Sorry, figuring out your carb tolerance to not completely cutting it out because that could be stressful and now stress can trigger DHA and then the hair loss. So you don’t want to do anything like that,
but you can figure out your carb tolerance, reduce it a little, see if that feels good, you know, starting at 150 grams and then slowly reducing to see what range is, what fits your body. Yeah. I mean, there’s just so many ways to tackle and slender since we can turn this whole episode inside. I mean, you might be wondering why insulin resistance earlier,
you were talking about testosterone and this and that, but why, why does insulin resistance have anything to do with it? There’s actually, this is a science behind it. Do you want to explain that bit? Yeah. Insulin. When you have excess insulin in your bloodstream, it goes onto your ovaries and it triggers high testosterone. And so that high testosterone causes a myriad of symptoms,
including hair loss and so many others and oblation, like not being able to ovulate, not producing enough progesterone and then, you know, producing way too much testosterone again because you can’t suppress it. And so on hair loss. So insulin triggers, high testosterone. And I just wanna mention this part. This is my favorite part of the explanation is the liver,
the liver produces something called sex hormone binding globulin. And the task of the globulin is to basically wipe away the testosterone that’s being that’s being overproduced overproduced. So the, the globulin goes and it wipes website clean so that your ratio of testosterone is at a normal level. However, when you have insulin resistance, the liver can sometimes produce less of this sex hormone binding globulin.
So now that, that now the testosterone, the ratio becomes too high. And that’s when you have these symptoms of basically her loss, weight gain a lot of these different symptoms that we’ve talked about. Yeah. So just imagine like high testosterone or high insulin is triggering high testosterone and it’s also suppressing sex hormone, blind binding globulin from cleaning up that high testosterone.
And now the testosterone’s just running rampant causing all these symptoms. Yeah. So here we are here we are again at the good old insulin resistance. So yeah, we just basically covered all the tips. And as you can hear from the last one, we would say the biggest thing is insulin resistance and pairing that with all the other supplements and the things that we mentioned,
really making them all synergistically work together. If the FDA said that right. Synergistically, and then where we actually asked you sisters, we asked you on Instagram, if you don’t follow us, make sure you follow us at
what are your tips for her loss for sisters? And these were your responses. Naturally Tiffany said, saw Palmetto saw Palmetto. Woo. You mentioned that. Oh yeah. Ashley’s silly says zinc and vitamin D. That’s awesome too. Those, those are also great for hair loss zinc though. You want to make sure that you’re taking it with the supervision of a doctor,
because if you take high doses of zinc, you know, you might be copper deficient. You have to take sync with copper. Seeing supplements have a little bit of copper in it because I believe if I remember correctly, when you take zinc, it needs some sort of copper to bind to or something like that. So it like sucks away the copper from your body.
So you need to take it. Yeah. You need to take it with, with copper in order to get the full benefits. If I remember correctly, Yes. Danny loves says, shout out to Danny love. I always respond to your level. And she’s like very engaging in the lives. Shout out to Danny love doing so many good things with her.
She says in the shower, she does a scalp massage. That’s smart. That’s cool. I’ve seen those on Amazon. These like brushes that massage your scalp. I actually do that too with my fingers. I like if I’m taking a shampoo from doing shampoo, I’ll like massage my like my skin I’ll scratch my head basically for like two minutes. It’s that way.
So I don’t know. I read one time that low your, your, your scalp gets dry. So you have to like, kind of like do that, like scratched a little bit to kind of like clean up the dry skin. Interesting. But I could be wrong maybe I’m Sure. No, I’ve heard that massaging and like doing that really helps with simulating your hair follicles,
Sona Leica. It says collagen every day. That’s great. I’ve heard college and can help too. The protein, because it collagen does have this. It’s a little bit different than other kinds of protein because collagen has a lot of things that help with the recovery of muscles and different re regenerative parts of your body. Yes. Kara, Lou loves dogs,
says Rosemary essential oil on her scalp. Excellent. We said that too. Yeah. It says castor oil. I’ve heard of this working as well. There’s a lot of different oils for your scalp that can help Vanna O says vitamin D and, and don’t work night shifts. If you can help it, That could be the cause of the lack of sleep.
Right? Yes. We should’ve mentioned that. We didn’t really talk about sleep, but sleep really can be a stressful or it can cause stress when you’re not sleeping enough. You’re not getting enough recovery time for your body. So your hair doesn’t get enough, basically regeneration when you’re sleeping to be able to, you know, be healthy. Yeah. And you become more insulin resistant by not getting enough sleep.
And if you’re working the night shift, it’s a lot harder because your circadian rhythm is off. Like the time when your body wants to be asleep, it’s awake. And when you’re awake, you want to be asleep. And so that cortisol dysregulation that happens as a result can effect your hair, your stress hormones, and your hair. Interesting. Great.
So that was all the tips from fellow sisters. And then we actually hold, that will pretty much cover up the episode about hair loss. We’re going to go on to the winds of the week. But before we do that, we actually have a question from the PCO as hotline this week is actually, I picked a question that was about hair loss,
hit it. And just the FYI to the Schwab. If you don’t know about our hotline, it is one eight, three three, ask PCO S a S K P cos. And you can leave a voicemail or you can text us a question, but in your voicemail, you can feel free to either leave a testimonial that how we’ve helped you or leave a question that we can play on the podcast here.
So today’s question comes from Maria and she asks, or she says, Tallinn, this question is directly for you. I’ve been experiencing hair loss and following your advice with a diet and lifestyle changes. But I’m wondering about my shampoo products. Should I be using the regular shampoo products that I find at stores? Or should I be going for something that has more natural ingredients,
comma, et cetera. That’s a great question. You know, with shampoo I few years ago changed mine from, you know, whatever a drugstore shampoo I was using and he ran some one herbal essences. And so on. I changed it to this brand called attitude because it’s much healthier. I looked it up on the EWG website and it was less toxic.
Yeah. The EWG website can, it can show you what cosmetics are more toxic than others. It can show you what cleaning products are more toxic. And so I looked up the Pantene provi and it was like, so toxic Then what kind of brands are? And I’m more sensitive, you know what I’m saying? Like a lot of people might like these shampoos and they,
they might not have this problem. And like, let’s be honest. Sometimes those shampoos are a lot cheaper. Yeah. And if you’re, if you can’t afford it, maybe your budget is a little different. I mean, you don’t have a choice, but to go for those kinds of those cheaper options, who’s going to pay like An arm and a leg for like $30.
Like if you have responsibilities, you have certain things you have to take care of. Like you’re going to go with the cheaper options. Unfortunately, those ones that are being offered cheaper can sometimes be worst quality. Let’s just say, But the attitude shampoo is not too expensive. I get it off of Amazon. I use the body soap as well, and I just feel much more comfortable using this shampoo.
Yeah. And I personally used those too. And I mean, I don’t know, like when you like see the bad ingredients and you think about, okay, if I’m going to take this every single day of my life every day until the day I one day expire, I’m just, I would rather feel more comfortable with this. Something that doesn’t have those ingredients.
Cause I mean, I don’t know, like who knows, like what your standard, Every single day, hot water opening your pores. And then, you know, you’re like, again, like I said, in another episode I changed the loofa that I was using to something more natural because I realized I was scrubbing myself with plastic hot plastic because of the water.
Oh my God. I mean, And like, who knows, like there’s no research that, you know, that says, that links, these products, Three links to shampoo to a PCOM. There there’s no studies, but like there are some harmful ingredients and it may be If we’re more sensitive. Yeah. It might impact Endocrine disruptor too. We had an episode about endocrine,
disruptors and shampoos are one of those things because they have some weird ingredients. I don’t know the exact names of the ingredients, but like panting, like Tom was mentioning And others. Exactly. All right. Cleaning up the shower, doing a Rosemary oil mask afterwards, just sipping on your spearmint tea. Let’s do this. So I actually wonder if you can make a shampoo,
you just frigging add like Rosemary oil, you put, you put spearmint tea inside of it. I don’t see why not. And you just like mix it with some soap and natural salt. And that’s your shampoo. That’d be weird one, but who knows? Who knows? Okay. So to finish up the episode, we’re going to go to a,
one of our favorite parts of that persona, which is the win of the week where we always, every week, we like to mention a sister who’s been managing her piece, us like a boss. And this week we have to, I mean, I think it, usually we have to hunt. Yes. I don’t know. I get excited. We have so many.
And I’m just like, how can I choose one? What if I said one and see red the other? Yeah. So here we are. So I’ll read the first one. And the first one is actually from the sisterhood and she messaged us on, or she shared this message on Facebook. If you don’t know if you’re part of the sisterhood, we have a private Facebook group where you can actually ask questions,
share your experience. And more. So this is from Sarah. Sarah says she tagged both me and Tallinn. She said, I cannot, thank you both enough. I’ve been struggling with PCs for nearly 20 years. I feel like I’ve tried many different sport groups, et cetera, but you guys make it much more understandable. And you’re always consistent with your message,
which makes it easier to implement. And because you look absolutely fabulous Tallinn, I feel I can be that way to hell. Yeah, you can. And then you are, which gives me great motivation. Many of my friends and family also follow you and they are finally starting to understand and get it. This is honestly life-changing in so many ways. Thank you so much for being fantastic mentors,
role models and great information givers. Wow. Thank you so much. That was so nice of you to say and what a sweet message Seriously. It made my day when I picked it and it just made my day to read it again. Yeah. I mean, it took her 20 years or she’s been for 20 years and that should be like a,
like a good motivator right there that no matter how long you’ve been struggling or, you know, trying to figure it, figure it out. It’s never too late. And in Sarah’s case now, it seems like she’s a lot happier, more Mo more motivated. And the best part, her friends and family are finally starting to understand. I can’t believe they’re watching us to.
Yeah. And they’re finally starting to get it right. Like, I love that. That’s like, if you try to explain peace jurors to somebody, your loved one and it’s so frustrating. I bet the moment they finally start to understand. You’re like, hallelujah, bro. You’re finally listening to me, Sisters, if you’re struggling with convincing anyone that PCLs is a metabolic syndrome.
Here we go again with my alarm. Yeah. The reminder. Just tell them to follow us at PSUs. Stop weight loss. We’ll fix it. Fix all your problems. Oh, there’s,
And I’ve lost 20 pounds. I didn’t notice at first, but went to my doctor’s appointment today. And they put me on the scale. I haven’t restricted calories or deprive myself and just practiced yoga and Pilates once a week and no hit workouts. I’m so happy. Thank you so much. That’s great. She’s a great example of a sister who’s figured out what type of workouts work best for her hate studies show can help with women who have PCOS for women who have PCs,
but it can also be very intense and it can be very stressful for a lot of sisters. So look at how she’s figured out how yoga and polite is work better for her. She lost her. Yeah, she does it once a week and no hit. So like just changing up those, you know, what’s causing the stress room, wants to sleep.
What’s making them not spike and focusing more on the positive stuff And her root issue with CCOs. And it sounds like she wasn’t checking the scale that often, which we don’t, we recommend not checking the scale often. You’re not checking it like once a week at the most, it sounds like she says, you know, they put me on the scale and she realized at that point she had lost some weight.
So that’s great. Like not putting the pressure on your soul, Just focusing on how you feel more than the number on the scale. And then, then you can hone in on what’s working for you and what’s not for her Pilates and yoga. Yes. Amazing. Well, ladies, I hope you have figured a new self-care routine for them. Yeah.
Yeah. We hope this helps with any of your symptoms, our loss of hair loss. And we hope that you’re able to kind of start one of these tips that we mentioned maybe today or tomorrow or when you feel comfortable and see how it helps. Yeah. And let us know how it goes in a few months. Exactly. Thank you for listening.
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