Do you or anyone you know have problems with irregular cycles?
How many of you know someone that was put on The Pill to balance their irregular cycle?
I am sure all of us can answer yes to one or both of these questions.
In a study conducted by the CDC from 2006-2008, it was found that 1 in 3 teenage girls take The Pill for non-contraceptive reasons- balancing irregular periods being the most common reason.
Unfortunately, this practice leads to a number of issues:
1- The imbalance of hormones is not addressed, it is simply masked. Extremely painful periods are not normal. They are usually a result of an imbalanced endocrine system. When the problem is not addressed it has a compounding affect and can result in more serious issues later in life with such things as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), problems with fertility, and increased discomforts during menopause.
2- The importance of eating a healthy and balanced diet is not stressed. It is no secret now that the #1 most important decision we make on a daily basis is what we choose to put on the end of our forks.
3- Girls are taught to go for the “quick fixes” in life. This ties over into all realms of our lives. It is known, but rarely practiced, that quick fixes are generally not the ticket to health and wellness. When a person decides to make a more holistic change in their life, the rate of change may take longer but the adaptation tends to be much more sustainable. The change “sticks.”
4- A negative body-image is reinforced. One of the biggest issues we have as a nation is that we have given our power away. We look to others for answers. Many of us have, for a long time now, lost our innate ability to know what is good for us. We no longer believe that the answer to wellness is within us. When girls and women feel that their bodies are a nuisance, the power and beauty of womanhood is given away.
This is not to say that western medicine is all bad, to the contrary. Many people’s lives have been saved time and time again because of western medicine. The point to take home is that we should all look at our diets and lifestyles and reflect on what we see and know, deep down in our primordial guts.
As wellness practitioners, our jobs are to empower our clients to teach them how to tap in to the power within their own bodies and spirits; to realize the body’s ability to heal itself when given the right tools.
In many families, women take on the role of the health and wellness guru. For this reason it is of the utmost importance to empower our young girls, to be role models for them, so that we create a ripple effect throughout our society and our world.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing hormone imbalance and are interested in a more holistic approach, please contact Lisa at Fountain Wellness for a health consultation.