With over 15 years in the health + wellness space, spending countless hours of reading research and learning from my own personal development one thing that I know for sure is that every body is unique. That is why I wanted to create this podcast to help give you all of the information available so YOU can make the best decision for YOUR body.
There’s been conversation about how birth control can be negative for the body, but there are so many women out there that can actually have incredible benefits from being on the pill. The problem comes with the symptoms that arise while on birth control and how that makes women feel. That’s why I knew I had to have Sarah Morgan back on to talk about her new supplement, The Other Pill: Your Birth Control’s Companion, and to dive in deeper on the biochemical changes that happen while on birth control.
MEDICATIONS DEPLETING CERTAIN NUTRIENTS
Since her teens, Sarah remembers her friends, colleagues and neighbors complain to her about their symptoms while taking oral contraceptives: mood swings, low sex drive, weight gain, nausea, headaches, fatigue, breakouts or like in Sarah’s case, you just feel off and you don’t know why.
After earning a master’s degree in nutrition, working 13 years in clinical practice and hours spent researching, learning + talking, Sarah started to notice a pattern. Modern medicine has provided us with a lot of advancements to help us live better lives, but medications are known to increase the needs of certain nutrients (or deplete certain nutrients) that can lead to a lot of these common side effects that people experience while taking their medication. This is called drug-nutrient interactions and they’re very well documented in scientific literature especially when talking about birth control. Because of this depletion of nutrients that birth control has on the body, supplementation should be considered a first-line therapy to balance the body according to the World Health Organization.
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE PILL
As all of these dots started to connect in Sarah’s head, she wanted to create a way where people could continue to get the benefits from their medication and feel their best. So, she created Even Health based on the belief that millions of people could enjoy the benefits of their medication + support their biochemistry to feel balanced.
From that, they created The Other Pill: Your Birth Controls Companion, that women take with their birth control to help their body feel better.
BIOCHEMICAL CHANGES WITH THE PILL
OBGYNs ask Sarah what’s the mechanism of action, meaning what’s the medication doing, that increases the nutrient needs while on the pill. When women make or take hormones, a process of how to process the hormones + detoxify them is started.
Detoxing happens in the liver and is then cleared out through the kidneys, urine or GI tract. Helpers in these pathways are a lot of different minerals, B vitamins and antioxidants. By taking hormones, there is a higher need for some of these nutrients. If a woman can’t get rid of their hormonal metabolites, that’s when they start to experience weight gain, digestive complaints, headaches, constipation + moodiness. That’s why having all these nutrient levels met is SO IMPORTANT to properly process the hormones.
When you get depleted in vitamin B1 (thiamine), it creates a buildup of lactate in the digestive tract. This buildup of lactate can cause nausea, vomiting and even pain in the gut. Meeting those higher needs for vitamin B1 while on the pill is one way you can target that digestive complaint.
Another complaint is mood which does connect to your digestion. Within 30 days of women being on birth control, their tryptophan metabolism is altered. Tryptophan is an amino acid that’s a precursor to serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter that also plays a role in our gut function. So, when there are alterations in serotonin there can also be alterations in appetite.
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