Restoring you body after synthetic Birth Control

Coming off hormonal birth control, or even the copper IUD can leave you with many side effects, and many of us don’t even know where to start as far as healing.

It can be a really powerful choice to work with a functional medicine Dr. or a Naturopath when working to restore your body after birth control. A professional really can help, yet it may not be the best choice to goto the same type of Dr that recommended you toxic birth control in the first place.

The first place to start in restoring your body is with nutrition.

Seek to eat healthy fats

Eliminate Dairy completely

Integrate complex carbs, sweet potatoes, berries, plantains, carrots…

Hormonal BC stresses your liver.. Nourish your liver with liver nourishing foods… Beets, artichokes, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, garlic, grapefruit, turmeric, leafy green vegetables, protein (organic grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chicken, wild-caught fish), green tea and dandelion root tea.

Eat high quality protein…Beef should be organic and grass fed, salmon wild, chicken pasture raised…

Cutting alcohol out can be huge for healing your body, try a month to start. Eliminating alcohol can help to heal your gut and ease the load on your liver.

Stay hydrated. Lots of water. Water with lemon. Coconut water if you’re lucky enough to have that readily available.

Cut out sugar and artificial sweeteners in all forms. Honey and maple syrup are ok in small amounts. Sugar gives us inflammation and is not helpful at all when you’re trying to balance our hormones.

Eat plenty of fiber…think dark leafy greens, nuts, sweet potatoes, berries…

Get your probiotics…kimchi, sauerkraut, coconut yogurt, all help contribute to rebuilding the gut bacteria that synthetic birth control destroys. A probiotic supplement can also be very helpful for this vital step in healing.

Eliminate gluten and grains as they create inflammation and inhibit healing in the body.

Try reducing or cutting out caffeine for 30 days and see how you feel. This can be key in restoring your gut.

Eat as organic as possible with your fruits and veggies. I used to think this was a snobby thing but it’s really about your health. The chemicals they’re using these days are really toxic and we deserve better. Take it even a step further and get some food in the ground. Every little step helps to a more pure diet.

There are many supplements that can be helpful.

As gut bacteria is destroyed by hormonal birth control, a good probiotic is a good place to start.

Minerals are leached by bc and so mineral supplements are vital. Shilajit is a multifaceted, easily absorbed mineral supplement that I love.

All in all, making the decision to embrace the path of natural birth control is a decision to embrace your health. May this health be in every facet of your life and being, and may you become even more vibrant and full of life than when you began your birth control journey.