We hear all of the time about the importance of nutrition. To make sure we are getting enough vitamins and minerals. To eat a diet of whole foods, i.e. fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, beans, legumes, etc.
But what if I were to tell you that your hormonal birth control could really be screwing with how well your body is able to absorb the nutrients?
Because it does.
It messes with our bodies ability to function at it’s best level of health. One way it does this is by creating vitamin deficiencies and keeps our body from properly absorbing key nutrients .
Below is a list of nutrients disturbed by hormonal birth control. Just take a moment to scroll through before continuing to read.
— vitamin A
— vitamin B1
— vitamin B2
— vitamin B6
— vitamin B9
— vitamin B12
— vitamin C
— Vitamin E
— vitamin K
— Blood Lipids
— Serum Proteins
Holy cow, right?
But if that isn’t enough to worry you, let’s take a minute to go through a few of those and what role they play. [I pulled all these facts from “The Pill” and “Sweetening The Pill”]
So, your B vitamins, folic acid, iron and magnesium are all vital for neurological and emotional health.
When you have reduced vitamin B1 it can leave you feeling fatigued, weak, with insomnia, vague aches and pains, weight loss, depression, irritability, lack of initiative, constipation, oversensitivity to noise, loss of appetite or sugar cravings, and circulatory problems. And that’s only one vitamin.
When your vitamin B2 is lowered it can lead to gum and mouth infections, dizziness, depression, eye irritation, skin problems and dandruff. If you’ve ever listened to me talk about my experience you may have heard me mention how I got eight cavities in my first year on the pill.
And the list goes on and on and on when it comes to hormonal birth control messing with your nutrients. If you’re still interested I urge you to go look up the roles these nutrients play in every aspect of your health and well-being, and then sit there and think about the fact that we’re screwing around with all of them.
I heard it mentioned once that we view health as an outward appearance. “Oh, she looks really healthy.” But why are we trading that off for what’s going on inside of our body. It can only be a matter of time before this catches up with us.
No matter how healthy and diligent you are with what you’re eating, it almost doesn’t matter because you aren unable to absorb it all when you’re on hormonal birth control.
But food is a vital part of the process of healing when you make that decision to quit hormonal birth control. Remember that.