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The Female Cycle and Detox

As beautiful and amazing as the female body is, keeping it healthy especially as you age can present a significant challenge. Most women fervently hope to avoid infertility in their younger years and to sail through their perimenopause and menopause years with the least amount of waves.

Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case in modern society. Factors like fungus, parasites, stress, and yeast overgrowth wreak havoc with hormones and the detoxification system in the body, creating confusing and often painful symptoms.

How can we float over these health problems rather than drown in their negative effects?

Fungus, Parasite, and Yeast Overgrowth

Fungus, parasites, and yeast can disrupt a well-functioning female body. These uninvited critters, regardless of how they're acquired, can change the landscape of hormones to suit their needs. Plus, they can alter the digestive system and detox organs. 

And they don’t stop there. Fungus, parasites, and yeast can greatly impact the natural balance of the female cycle. They literally disrupt the normal “traffic signals” between healthy cells and give their own in order to protect themselves from being discovered as a pathogen. They do whatever they can to increase in size and number! These altered traffic signals benefit them but are horrible for the host. (1, 2, 3, 45

Cystic acne and other skin manifestations, disrupted sleep, estrogen dominance, infertility, and painful periods are a few of the harmful results these “guests” generate. One of the outcomes is usually an increase in estrogen. Estrogen helps them grow. 

Healthy Estrogen vs. Estrogen Dominance

Estrogen is often blamed for female-related health issues. This important hormone has much more impact on the body than having a period. It’s only when out of sync with the other monthly cycle hormones that the natural gentle waves turn into erratic tsunamis.

Healthy estrogen levels help areas like: (6)

  • Appetite control
  • Balanced body temperature
  • Breast health
  • Bone health and osteoporosis prevention
  • Cognitive function
  • Ovulation
  • Sex drive
  • Uterine lining

As with most parts of our health, there is a “U” shaped curve of benefit, a sweet spot. Without estrogen, all the positive effects mentioned would be reversed. But too much estrogen stimulates an entirely different storm of issues that capsize women from enjoying healthy, productive, vibrant lives.

Estrogen dominance occurs when estrogen is too high in proportion to the other sex hormones. When this hormone is on the other side of the “U” curve, serious health problems can arise, such as: (7)

Along with these serious conditions, you may also experience symptoms like bloating, breast pain and tenderness, decreased sex drive, headaches, irregular periods, mood swings, etc. (8)

breast pain estrogen dominance symptom women cycle

    Sources of Excess Estrogen

    Besides the female body producing its own estrogen, we are being bombarded with exogenous estrogen (estrogen not produced by the body). These hidden estrogens come at us through several different ways, including chemicals, food and water, and pathogens.

    Chemicals

    Xenoestrogens are chemicals that act like estrogen. These fake estrogen-like compounds can also be in everything from body wash to cosmetics. They can also come from plastics that seep into the foods we eat. The body cannot tell the difference between the real estrogen and the false ones, increasing estrogen yet again. These compounds, as well as those from pesticides and herbicides residues in our food, disrupt the body’s use of our own hormones. (9)

    Food and water

    Consuming meats or plants that have been given hormones to increase their growth, or drinking unfiltered water that would have trace amounts of prescription estrogen, both increase the estrogen load on the body. (10, 1112)

    Pathogens

    Pathogens like fungus, parasites, and yeast love all this extra estrogen and hidden toxins. It’s like a spa day ending with the most decadent chocolate dessert. They feed on this toxic level of estrogen and then, in turn, release their own toxins. Along with these toxins, they capitalize on the standard American diet, high in carbs, sugar, and trans fats. (12345

    Taking Your Body Back!

    Fortunately, with some strategic herbs, synergistic tactics, diligence, and a good dose of patience, these little invaders can be eradicated.

    You've looked at what environment they love. Now let’s look at how to make the environment hostile to them and in turn better support your own health. 

    Drainage

    The first step in regaining control from pathogens is drainage, or opening up all the systems. Cleansing these detox pathways will help regulate and alleviate symptoms as the pathogens are eliminated. Slaying the pathogens won’t help unless there is a pathway for them to leave the body.

    The liver is where hormones are metabolized and then excreted by our elimination organs, the kidney, and colon. Certain herbs can help your liver function at a higher level and allow the body to release and expel pathogens. 

    Besides the liver and kidneys, you must make sure your colon is moving well with herbs to help with constipation. We literally want to “flush” them out! Pooping two to three times a day is essential to make sure these unwanted materials are leaving your system. (13)

    Along with these critical drainage pathways is the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a network of vessels, organs, and tissues involved in balancing our fluids. Because there is no pump for this system, its fluid can become stagnant. Pathogens can safely thrive in the lymphatic network undisturbed if this system is ignored. (14)

    Think of the difference between a rapid river with clean water teeming with fish. Movement is life! Contrast that with a stagnant pond where the water doesn’t move. There are no fish, and algae are growing on top. You’d never swim in or drink that water because it would make you sick. A stagnant lymphatic system makes you sick as well. The help of natural herbs can drain this system so those pathogens creating problems are dislodged from their previously safe hideout and removed.

    Once these detox pathways are flowing smoothly, it’s time to get serious and scrub the body clean of these invaders. Besides herbs that support drainage, binders may help remove candida overgrowth, parasites, and more. (15, 16)

    your body's drainage funnel

    Whole food diet

    We can also ease the burden on our organs and body by adopting a whole food diet, low in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates feed yeast and congest the liver — the complete opposite of what we want. A diet lower in carbs, higher in fiber, and packed with micronutrients can help give our bodies the resources they need to successfully wipe out the invaders.

    A lower carb diet will also help eliminate unhealthy blood sugar fluctuations that may leave you tired and craving stimulants for energy. With healthier diet strategies, your body will be better prepared to fight against invaders and find a good balance. (17)

    Smooth Sailing

    During this time of “taking your body back,” it’s important to remember that there can be some fluctuations in your cycle. These are temporary. Periods may be a bit heavier, length of cycles can vary for a bit, and women who have been in menopause can have some spotting.

    This is normal; it’s an indication of the body reestablishing natural levels of hormones. Be patient. The end result will be worth the transition. Many women report a reduction and even elimination of perimenopause and menopausal symptoms. 

    All these methods of supporting the female cycle through detoxing and restoring healthy, natural hormone levels should help you sail your ship safely, even joyfully over life’s waves and progressive stages. After all, sailing is supposed to be exhilarating, not frightening or discouraging!

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