Helping You Improve Your PCOS

Helping You Improve Your PCOS

Leave Behind The Nastiest Symptom Of Them All

Reverse Your Excess Hair Growth, For Good

HealthyPCOS | 2020

Leave Behind The Nastiest Symptom Of Them All

Reverse Your Excess Hair Growth, For Good

HealthyPCOS | 2020

Excessive Excessive hair growth, also known as Hirsutism, is one of the most emotional symptoms of PCOS. And within this article, I want to give you a clear understanding of what it is, why it happens to you, and how you can reverse it for good. 
Let's start with what it is. You probably already know this just through your own experience, but simply put, it’s coarse, dark hair seen on women; usually appearing on the face, chest, abdomen, back, upper arms and lip, or upper legs. Specifically, it’s a symptom of excessive amounts of androgen hormones in the female system.

Excessive Excessive hair growth, also known as Hirsutism, is one of the most emotional symptoms of PCOS. And within this article, I want to give you a clear understanding of what it is, why it happens to you, and how you can reverse it for good.
Let's start with what it is. You probably already know this just through your own experience, but simply put, it’s coarse, dark hair seen on women; usually appearing on the face, chest, abdomen, back, upper arms and lip, or upper legs. Specifically, it’s a symptom of excessive amounts of androgen hormones in the female system.

It’s important to remember that not every woman with PCOS will experience Hirsutism. In fact, it’s largely determined by genetic susceptibility. Some women may be genetically vulnerable to hair thinning as opposed to excess hair growth; some women may even experience both, or perhaps either of these symptoms. Despite this, I can assure you that Hirsutism is very common amongst women with PCOS. Before we get to the underlying cause of Hirsutism and exactly how you should treat it, it’s important to understand how normal hair grows. This will give you an even better understanding of your own hirsutism.

Understanding Normal Hair Growth

 Each of your hairs grow from a follicle deep in your skin. Hair follicles cover just about all areas of your body except the soles of your feet and the palms of your hands. You have approximately 50 million hair follicles covering your body, and 20% of them are located on the scalp of your head. Adults have two types of hair: vellus and terminal. Vellus hair is the soft, fine, generally colorless, and usually short form of hair. Conversely, terminal hair is long, coarse, dark, and sometimes curly. In most women, vellus hair covers the face, chest, and back and gives the impression of “hairless” skin. Excessive amounts of androgen hormones in the female system has the power to turn vellus hairs into terminal hairs. This is the root driver of hirsutism in women with PCOS.

Your hair grows in a cycle with the actual hair growing about 0.3mm to 0.4mm each day, which adds up to around six inches per year. However, not all of the hair follicles are growing new hair at the same time. Hair growth occurs in a cycle. At any given time, each strand is in a different part of the cycle. It’s a good thing that each of our hair’s cycles are not in sync, otherwise we would shed all of our hair at once! This means throughout the year your hair is in a constant cycle of growing and replacing hair. It’s why when you brush your hair some will fall out and get stuck on your brush but because you are always growing more you don’t notice hair loss on your head.

The Underlying Causes Of Hirsutism

As we’ve already established, the bottom line is you’re producing too many androgens, which is resulting in excess hair growth. The real villain, specifically, is DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) - this is the form of testosterone with which excess hair growth is directly tied. Now, normally around 10% of your testosterone is converted to DHT, but if you have excess testosterone (androgen hormones), then you can expect even higher levels of DHT, resulting in hirsutism. Is this making sense? :)

But high androgens, followed by high DHT doesn’t just happen - there are drivers, or underlying causes. And that’s what I’d like to help you understand.

The Three Drivers Of Hirsutism And PCOS

When referring to the drivers of PCOS, what I mean is this: what’s the condition that’s driving your high levels of androgen hormones? If we can figure this out, you can properly begin to treat not only your excess hair growth, but every other symptom tied to PCOS.

The three main drivers are:

1. Insulin Resistance (Insulin-Resistant PCOS)
2. Inflammation (Inflammatory PCOS)
3. Stress (Adrenal PCOS)

Right now, the good news is that even if you don’t know your type, Balance helps to reverse insulin resistance (the most common PCOS type) by helping to improve your insulin sensitivity. So with Balance alone you should notice improvements. But it takes more than just this supplement to properly treat your PCOS.

I always recommend, for optimal treatment, you should consider taking an additional anti-androgen supplement. By doing this, you’re directly addressing symptoms caused by androgen excess as well as the symptoms being driven by your PCOS type, for example, insulin resistance drives weight gain but inflammatory PCOS drives headaches and joint pain.

Common signs and symptoms of androgen excess include facial hair, acne, irregular periods, and female pattern hair loss (hirsutism). Every woman with PCOS will most likely be experiencing these issues on top of the symptoms tied to whichever type she has - either IR, post-pill, inflammatory or adrenal. 

But what’s an example of an anti-androgen supplement?

A popular choice is Saw Palmetto. This natural supplement reduces higher levels of androgen hormones by blocking an enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) - one of the most potent androgens, and a major proponent in the masculine-presenting symptoms of PCOS.

To summarise, let’s put it all together and go over the starting point checklist of what you should be doing to best treat your PCOS:

1. Make the necessary lifestyle changes: Diet and exercise is a must for treating PCOS, and in the long term, the most effective

2. Take a core supplement for the treatment of your PCOS type (Balance is a near-perfect starting point, but I’m here if you need help with understanding your type).

3. Consider an additional anti-androgen supplement, such as Saw Palmetto

You’ve probably heard me mention that there are “PCOS Types”. Well, here they are, although we’re missing post-pill but don’t worry about that one for now. Out of all three, insulin resistance is by far the most common - for 70% of women with PCOS, this will be the main driver of their high androgen hormones. This is good news for you, because it makes treatment a little easier (I’ll get to that very soon). The second most common is inflammation, which also elevates androgen hormones. Thirdly, and the least common, is stress (or adrenal PCOS). If you have adrenal PCOS, you’ll find that your adrenal glands are overproducing testosterone, leading to high androgen hormones.

For you, there’s a 70% chance that insulin resistance is driving your excess hair growth. This means, if you want to reverse your hirsutism, you need to treat and reverse your insulin resistance. The same goes for the other drivers, but how can we do this?

Treating The Three Drivers Of Hirsutism And PCOS

Insulin Resistance
Your goal is to improve your insulin sensitivity. But how? I recommend making the following lifestyle changes:

- Stick to a diet filled with foods that have a low GI and a low number of carbs
- Exercise! Specifically, resistance training. So, this is exercise involving weights or even just body weight - like push ups, for example.
- Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. I know, it can be hard but I just want you to try. Sleep is incredibly important for improving your insulin sensitivity.
Supplementation: I honestly can’t recommend this enough. And there are certain supplements that yield the best results for improving insulin sensitivity; they are: Zinc, Magnesium, Inositol and Saw Palmetto

If you’re serious about treating your hirsutism, then I’ve bundled a few of those above recommended supplements together - Zinc, Magnesium, and Saw Palmetto. Taking this combination, in addition to Balance, will absolutely make a difference in your life.

If you’re interested in improving your insulin resistance and reducing your excess hair growth, check out our Anti-Androgen Bundle below.

Anti-Androgen Bundle

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I’ve combined the two most effective supplements into one, easy to use bundle to help save you money, time, and hassel. The bundle contains ZMA, known to reduce testosterone levels and Saw Palmetto, which has been studied to effectively reduce the conversion of testosterone into DHT, thus, reducing excess androgen symptoms in PCOS.

Benefits:
Reduce testosterone levels
Reduce acne

Reduce unwanted hair growth

Reduce hair loss

Ingredients: 1x ZMA, 1x Saw Palmetto

Directions For Use:
ZMA: Consume 1-2 capsules 30 minutes before bed.
Saw Palmetto:  Consume 1 tablet in the morning upon waking.

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Saw Palmetto

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Saw palmetto supplementation can help to reduce the 5-alpha-reductase activity, this is an enzyme that makes DHT, an androgen hormone that increases the effects of testosterone. DHT can cause PCOS symptoms such as hair loss, facial hair growth, acne, and menstrual cycle irregularities. Inhibiting this conversion of testosterone to DHT, by taking saw palmetto can help reduce the intensity of PCOS symptoms.

Benefits:
Helps reduce androgens
Regulates hormones
Reduces facial hair growth
Helps reduce the intensity of PCOS symptoms

Ingredients: Saw Palmetto 3000mg

Directions For Use: Consume 1 tablet in the morning upon waking.

Important Notes:

**Because customs policies vary from country to country, international orders may be subject to local customs charges. Any customs, import duties and associated fees are the responsibility of the recipient and are charged once the parcel reaches its country of destination. If goods are above the threshold and customs entry is required, our logistics partner will charge an additional admin handling fee for customs clearance. For more information about your country's customs policies, please contact your local customs office.

Inflammation
Your goal here is to obviously decrease inflammation. In order to do so, I recommend making the following changes:

- Stick to an anti-inflammatory diet - cut out foods high in gluten and dairy products.
- Cut out environmental toxins as much as possible - things like reducing your use of plastics.

Stress (Adrenal PCOS)
Your goal here is to reduce the amount of stress in your life and keep it low. The first step in doing so is to identify the root cause of stress in your life - is it your job? PCOS? Relationships? On top of this, there are things you can do to improve your stress levels:

- Practice a daily de-stress technique, such as meditation.
- Restorative exercise: take nice long strolls out in nature, you’ll be surprised by how much they can reduce stress..

I really hope this article has helped you understand hirsutism and what you can do to reverse it for good. I’m always here for you, so if you want to talk just send me or my team a message.

Never lose hope x

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