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Dietary/supplement Suggestions For Coming Off Bc?

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Hi,

I plan on quitting BC in the coming weeks, and am wondering what dietary changes or supplements I might introduce to try and minimize the possible side effects! My diet is already pretty clean, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (very very little dairy and no red meats). And I'm currently taking FCLO!

Any supplements, teas, or foods that I can safely introduce to my diet that would HELP, rather than aggravate my body as it adjusts to coming off BC?

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When you come off the bcp, your body won't freak out right away, so you may not even need those supplements right now. Maybe try to introduce them a month after coming off the bcp, or when you start to notice hormonal changes (eg. changes in weight, period, skin). Your diet is already healthy, so that's the most important thing. I would advice you to gradually come off the bcp....try taking it once every 2 days, then once every 3, then cut the pill in half, etc until you completely come off it. This will help your body adjust to the change more gradually, rather than abruptly stopping it.


Current regimen: garlic supplements [as needed], Enzymedica gluten blocker [as needed], nicadan [not sure if it works yet]. I try to simplify as much as I can. Don't take more supplements than you need....try one at a time and be patient.

The supplements that really helped me when my acne was at its worst: inositol, DIM [not as frequently now!] digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips/ low acid [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3, superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme supplements. NOTE: I do not recommend DIM for long term use, and I do not recommend hormonal creams without doctor supervision.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: acupuncture, regular exercise/ yoga, low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials...

 

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When you come off the bcp, your body won't freak out right away, so you may not even need those supplements right now. Maybe try to introduce them a month after coming off the bcp, or when you start to notice hormonal changes (eg. changes in weight, period, skin). Your diet is already healthy, so that's the most important thing. I would advice you to gradually come off the bcp....try taking it once every 2 days, then once every 3, then cut the pill in half, etc until you completely come off it. This will help your body adjust to the change more gradually, rather than abruptly stopping it.

Ah I see! Thank you! Are you sure I shouldn't start the Calcium D Glucarate? I know these aren't introducing hormones, but balancing them out so I'm thinking of it as a preventative measure. What do you think?

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I never tried calcium for balance so I don't know. Once you come off the bcp, your hormones won't be out of whack anyway....it will probably take some time until they become imbalanced again. If you are deficient in vitamin D, that might be a more useful supplement to take than calcium. It depends on what your body needs....you may not even need any supplements at this point, just a healthy diet.


Current regimen: garlic supplements [as needed], Enzymedica gluten blocker [as needed], nicadan [not sure if it works yet]. I try to simplify as much as I can. Don't take more supplements than you need....try one at a time and be patient.

The supplements that really helped me when my acne was at its worst: inositol, DIM [not as frequently now!] digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips/ low acid [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3, superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme supplements. NOTE: I do not recommend DIM for long term use, and I do not recommend hormonal creams without doctor supervision.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: acupuncture, regular exercise/ yoga, low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials...

 

Grocery list:

 

** Find the cause, find the cure **

** If you have a question for me, please ask it publicly so that others can benefit from the discussion**

 

 


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I never tried calcium for balance so I don't know. Once you come off the bcp, your hormones won't be out of whack anyway....it will probably take some time until they become imbalanced again. If you are deficient in vitamin D, that might be a more useful supplement to take than calcium. It depends on what your body needs....you may not even need any supplements at this point, just a healthy diet.

Got it! Thank you.

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i'm in the same position as you...been taking bc for about 6 months now and i want to get off it. i'm eating a balanced diet right now and hope that when i do get off the bc, the changes won't be as dramatic as i know diet plays a part in my acne.

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