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Self care

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When last did you really practice self care?

Not push yourself to go to the gym, starve your body of calories, compare yourself to others to get motivated or try a new beauty regime… we’re talking

REAL SELF CARE… the things many of us don’t do because we think it doesn’t give us much, change us as much, help make a difference as much.

Our lives and our bodies are a result of many different factors but we are usually too busy with life to realize what we are allowing until it is too late.

It’s a great time to be alive but it can also be tough if we don’t S.T.O.P once in a while and take stock. Not just of our actions but of our thoughts and inner dialogue which are usually negative. We deal with a lot more pressure which has come with the age of social media.

Perhaps some new self care habits can add a little more passion, self esteem, joy and beauty into all the madness.

Here are a few self care activities to try.

  1. Meditate: Cliché but a few minutes focusing on your breathing with your eyes closed and learning to ‘not need anything in the moment’ helps you slow down and has proven to be beneficial for your adrenals as well as cardiovascular health.
  2. Create: Make something. A cake, a blog post, knit, draw, colour in, learn to make candles, make anything. Humans are meant to create. It is in our nature. This is incredible therapy, nurturing your creative side and boosting your self esteem.
  3. Buddha once said to be healthy, one must always sweat. We’re not talking in the gym though. Go out for a walk, around the block or somewhere beautiful and inspiring. Go for a sauna, grab a bike, dance, whatever works for you.
  4. Appreciation: To say thank you is easy but to mean it is a little different. Looking around and feeling grateful for it all. The good and the bad. Being grateful for the hard stuff almost takes its power away. It makes up your life’s journey. It leads you on your own path. Its your wild, crazy beautiful life.
  5. Read: Not fictional books but something you can learn about. Finance, health, history, auto/biographies. Books that teaches you something new.
  6. Research: Food is always an issue especially with PCOS. Research your meals a week in advance and eating healthy will be so much easier. ‘Falling off the wagon’ shouldn’t be an issue… there actually isn’t a wagon, just great food and not so great. Never a reason to be upset.
  7. Literally. Phones, computers, TV’S. All the things trying to sell you stuff or distract you. Focus on you.
  8. Sleep.
  9. Have guts: Take a probiotic. A healthy gut is the foundation of a happy, healthy life.
  10. Do a social media clean out. Delete or mute negative accounts that don’t make you feel good.
  11. Do one thing that’s been sitting on your to do list forever that you haven’t got around to doing
  12. Be selfish. Just say NO
  13. Get 10 minutes of sun. A little dose of Vitamin D is crucial for mental and emotional happiness.
  14. Be your own best friend. If you were, what would you tell your self right now.
  15. Learn: Take an online course. Building a website, becoming a writer, there’re endless courses to choose from.
  16. Help: There is so much joy from helping others as well as building your own self esteem.
  17. Write: Morning pages is a great way to get everything off your chest.
  18. Pat: A pet…. Research has shown the incredible effects animals have on humans.
  19. Strength: Do something you’re good at. Whether its singing, cooking, arranging flowers, playing an instrument organizing, or dancing. Find an opportunity to do it today.

 

Lets talk about Xenoestrogens…

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Xenoestrogens…. basically put, ‘fake’ estrogens.
As PCOS cysters, we already struggle with major estrogen dominance. So exposure to xenoestrogens is not particularly ideal.

What does that mean to me?

Well, high estrogen levels cause weight gain, hair loss, memory problems, fatigue, anxiety and/or panic attacks, trouble sleeping, bloating, irregular menstrual bleeding, increased symptoms of PMS, mood swings, headaches, decreased sex drive, and fibrocystic lumps in your breasts to name a few symptoms.

So where do we find xenoestrogens?

These guys are found in many different everyday things. E.g plasticware (water bottles, clear wrap, lunch boxes),
Chemicals found in scented candles, fragrance, makeup and beauty products and detergents too. Our food is also an easy way to expose ourselves to xenoestrogens. Pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides on our fruit and veg, not forgetting the growth hormone in most of our meat.
That’s why organic products from beauty to food and everything in between is super important.

Being aware is the first step to eliminating and protecting yourself from these undercover agents.

Using the #PCOSSUPPORT supplement consistently helps your body eliminate excess estrogens from your system to ease all symptoms of estrogen dominance.
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5 lifestyle tips for PCOS

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Living your best life with PCOS

 

Being diagnosed with PCOS or dealing with PCOS like symptoms, can caused you to feel burdened with a battle out of your control which can affect you physically, mentally and emotionally.

PCOS does not need to feel this way. Changing up your lifestyle choices can make all the difference for a happy, healthy and productive life!
There is no cure for the syndrome but a life long commitment to healthy eating, exercise, a small mental adjustment and taking supplements will give you all the control you need to thrive!

PCOS lifestyle tip 1:

Sleep. More than 8 hours if you can! Your body needs the time in the sleep state to repair.

  • Lack of sleep increases insulin (increasing fat storage) and sugar levels, high blood pressure, diabetes, risk of heart attack and/or heart failure.
  • Adequate sleep increases your immune system, reduces stress, decreases inflammation and improves mood swings.

PCOS lifestyle tip 2:

Reduce your stress levels. Stress is a part of life and certain amounts of stress have been proven to be good for you. Although high levels of cortisol can prove to be disastrous for PCOS among other conditions, therefore its crucial to learn how to handle stress better. Meditation, yoga, keeping a journal, exercise and breathing techniques are all wonderful ways to help us get a handle on stress. When we are constantly under stress and handle it poorly, our body creates sequences of nerve cells firing and this releases chemicals such as adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol, known the 3 major stress hormones, into our bloodstream.

The pituitary gland is central to the stress circuit; the brain region called the hypothalamus stimulates the pituitary gland to secrete adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) in response to stress, as a result, it stimulates the adrenals to produce cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline, these are hormones that wreck havoc to an already unbalanced hormone system. ACTH also stimulates the production of the adrenal androgen hormones, and as a result, raises the male hormone levels in your body, which worsensPCOS symptoms. Keep in mind, some women can also develop “adrenal PCOS” that causes symptoms similar to ovarian cyst-driven PCOS.

PCOS lifestyle tip 3:

Avoid dairy. Milk contains an abundance of IGF-1, which is a growth hormone. Too much causes inflammation and insulin spikes, which causes the liver to produce even more growth hormone. Excess IGF-1 may lead to increased risk of diabetes and increased triglycerides. Dairy can also cause your skin to produce more sebum or excess oil leading to clogged pores and acne.

PCOS lifestyle tip 4:

Commit to a natural comprehensive supplement. Taking Life Source’s PCOS Support assists with balancing hormones naturally using powerful ingredients in therapeutic doses. Reducing the production of estrogens and androgens and improving progesterone levels as well as assisting with insulin resistance and inflammation. This helps ovulation, bringsdown the body’s acidity levels, reduces scalp hair loss, acne, unwanted hair growth (chest, back, neck, stomach) fatigue, cravings, anxiety, moodiness, water retention and body pain. https://www.lifesource.org.za/products

PCOS lifestyle tip 5:

Change your mindset. Where your mind goes, your body follows. Negative thinking and negative self talk is one of the sure ways to not only cause stress but also hinder your physical, mental and emotional path to healing. Our belief systems are ultimately our compass through life which shapes our thinking, our inner dialog and ultimately our actions. Its not the events that shape our lives, but our beliefs as to what those events mean. Most of us have never evaluated our belief systems, sorting through our reasons or challenging them. Many of our beliefs were passed down to us, either through our families, teachers, friends and society. Some are important and valuable, while others are disempowering and destructive. Its important to do some self searching and highlight the parts of your belief system that does not serve you or your healing.

Positive affirmations everyday can have a wonderful effect on your journey to balance and harmony.

‘As he thinketh in his heart, so he is’ – Proverbs 23:7

 

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