PCOS / Leaky Gut Syndrome: A Health Crisis?
Do you deal with bloating, painful abdomen cramping, or irregular periods that are extremely painful/heavy? Maybe you have nausea all day for random reasons? Do you eat a lot of Takeout and bread? Well; you my friend, may want to read this article.
As someone who has lived with PCOS since I was young, has experienced the changing symptoms, the confused doctors, and everything that comes with these problems- I want to share my story. You don’t find a lot of information that goes past the typical scientific explanations. I’m going to explain all of the symptoms, what I’ve found causes them, and how I am healing myself. This is my story, and I want to help people better understand what these are.
First, what is leaky gut and PCOS?
PCOS is defined as, “Polycystic ovary syndrome- or (PCOS); a common endocrine system disorder among women of reproductive age.” (Mayo Clinic) Simply put; hormones are off balance. These hormone imbalances cause Cysts to fill the ovaries, causing many more lousy symptoms. Woman who suffer from PCOS experience little to no ability to become pregnant, are often diagnosed with anxiety disorders, depression, insomnia, ADHD and other psychological disorders. Typical causes are processed food, dairy, gluten, sugar, stress etc.
Leaky Gut Syndrome is described as damage to the gut lining, stifling the guts ability to filter the correct nutrients, if any, and protect the inner environment. This weakness creates holes in the lining, and allows bad bacteria and non absorbed nutrients or proteins/fats to leak into your bloodstream. This causes a huge range of crappy symptoms, which we will get into later. There are many known and theorized causes for leaky gut. (Andrew Weil)’s description of the possible causes are as follows: “-chronic inflammation, food sensitivity, damage from taking large amounts of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), cytotoxic drugs and radiation or certain antibiotics, excessive alcohol consumption, or compromised immunity.” A few other theories, which I have tested and found true myself, are Processed-“GMO”- foods, dairy, stress, gluten, bad environments, lack of sleep, etc. It’s a cycle, affecting every part of our body in different ways. Here’s a few diagrams to explain what I mean:
Do you see the strong similarities in these disorders? Both are different intestines being adversely affected by the food we eat and the unacceptable environment around us, and cause the same type of symptoms. Vomiting, nausea, fatigue, hot flashes, brain disorders and weight gain are just a few examples. No wonder these go hand in hand with people who are diagnosed correctly; It’s the same things killing different organs! Processed food is NOT real food, and we shouldn’t be giving it to our body and soul.
The symptoms I experienced from both of these are as follows:
- Abdominal Cramping
- Heavy/Painful/Irregular Periods
- Occasional Constipation
- Occasional Diarrhea
- Hot Flashes/ Cold Sweats
- Decreased Brain Functionality
- Developed ADHD
- Heavy weight gain, and Trouble losing the weight
- Joint Pain
- Extreme Iron Defficiency
- Extra hair- now, I’m a little bit extra hairy, but nothing like some poor woman deal with.
- Thinning hair on head
Shitty, right? Pardon my French, but that’s a LOT of symptoms to experience as a teenager, not knowing why. Even after I learned what it was- I didn’t change as a person and begin healing myself for like another two years after I was diagnosed- I ate the foods I was allergic to, (fried food, noodles, cheese, bread, etc- and a LOT of it) and continued an unhealthy mindset/lifestyle, and continued to kill my body and brain.
I know many people do not believe that the powdered mashed potatoes at Wal-Mart are killing them, but it is. “Sorry.” Even my own dad is skeptical as hell about what foods are tampered with and bad for you. I understand the people who are ingrained to eat those foods, and taught it’s all okay- don’t want to believe it’s not. It’s delicious. It’s addicting. I was there and I totally get it.
Let me tell ya; Now that I stay away from it all; aside from Tyler and I’s occasional mozzarella sticks, gummy bears or milkshakes from Steak ‘N Shake- my brain is a lot clearer. My memory is coming back, writing skills slowly returning, attention span widening, and my ability to learn is becoming awesome again. I’m becoming normal; someone who isn’t lazy and tired and I’m motivated to do whats necessary to make a great life for myself and Tyler. I’m curious about the world around me, how to be prepared for it, handle it, and surpass it. I readily search for new knowledge, & I’m gaining back my ability to retain the information. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. The food I used to eat; noodles with cheese, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, fried food, Processed side dishes, etc. was clouding my brain and distorting my functionality. Not only that, but the brain disorders like insomnia, anxiety and depression were taking a huge toll on my brain, and it actually started shutting down. Literally. I would be normal, and all of a sudden pass out. My brain was overloaded with bad thoughts, energies, food, and environment. It had enough.
So many young adults are dealing with these issues simply because of the food they eat, and this is unfortunately becoming a huge problem. I had at least one kid commit suicide every year while I was in school. And my school was FILLED with people who wanted to follow along. Including myself. Why? Why is this an issue? (Afsp.org) references that “On average, there are 117 suicides per day.” PER DAY.
All of these symptoms between brain and gut health are linked,because our entire body’s health stems to our gut; and Rachel Champeau of (UCLA) seems to agree, stating:
“Researchers have known that the brain sends signals to the gut, which is why stress and other emotions can contribute to gastrointestinal symptoms. This study shows what has been suspected but until now had been proved only in animal studies: that signals travel the opposite way as well.
REMOVE foods and factors that damage the gut
REPLACE with healing foods
REPAIR with specific supplements
REBALANCE with probiotics