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I recently started a new protocol of supplements to help me continue to balance out my hormones post recovery from Hypothalamic Amenorrhea (HA). I’m still really sensitive to missing periods, which tells me I’m not in the clear and could easily lose my period again if I don’t stay on top of my nutrition and food (energy) intake.
Since my husband and I are preparing to prepare…prepare?…to have a baby, I also wanted to get more insight into how my hormones are doing and see if I have any deficiencies to dial in. My plan here is to supplement with what I need and turn my body into a luxury baby hotel.
So, I had a meeting with my Functional Nutrition Therapy Practitioner (FNTP), Laura Lyons, who I meet with online, and she wanted me to take an HTMA test Hair Mineral Analysis Test.
This is a quote from her article that explains what the test is:
In short, it’s this awesome affordable, non-invasive, highly accurate hair sample test that reveals mineral imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, and heavy metal toxicity. All of which can have a drastic impact on your health.
Read the full thing here.
So, using HTMA testing, we were able to get some information about my mineral levels and supplement accordingly. The results were really interesting helped me get some very specific supplemental needs. Of course, at the time of writing this I am not pregnant and have only just started trying, but the point of this is just to show an avenue of testing that you can take for your HA recovery or post-recovery.
So with that, I’m going to show you what I’m now taking as a result of my HTMA test and why.
The important thing to note is that this prescription is really specific to me. I’m mainly just showing you this to share my personal experiences and also to give you an idea of what life looks like once you get tested for your specific minerals. You don’t just walk away with a prescription for a multivitamin or prenatal or whatever, you get really specific recommendations for your unique situation.
Taking the HTMA Test
Rather watch me talk about it and show you the supplements? Watch the video on youtube – I also talk about how I actually did the HTMA test:
My Personal Protocol
Vitamin E 1x a day with breakfast
It acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals.
Manganese 1x a day with breakfast
Manganese helps the mitochondria of the cells metabolize glucose. It is also required for tendon and ligament function, energy production, and thyroid activity. Manganese is also necessary for lactobacillus.
Chlorophyll 6 drops in the morning in 1 ounce water, 6 drops at night in 1 ounce water
My biggest deficiency was copper. Copper is required for connective tissue health, women’s fertility, cardiovascular health, blood formation, energy production, neurotransmitter activity and the immune system – however, I’m not going to just add copper. Instead, I’m taking chlorophyll to help with the absorption of the natural copper I’m getting from around the place.
Beef Liver 3 caps with breakfast, 3 caps with dinner
Everyone should work some liver into their diet. The desiccated liver capsules make it a lot easier. The brand I use is Grassland Nutrition Liver + Kelp Capsules.
GI Revive I take 1/2 scoop in water in the morning before eating
This is to help with symptoms of a leaky gut. It appears I’m having issues absorbing minerals that I’m eating from whole food sources, so we’re supplementing with this to help.
Additional recommendations that we’re given for my unique needs
Always eat carbs with protein and never by themselves
We believe that my body is having a hard time metabolizing carbs right now, so eating them with a protein should help ease that.
Eat dairy every day
Organic raw cheeses, organic whole milk etc. The reason for the dairy, which I’m sure has most of you like “wow, what, dairy?! – but isn’t that, like, inflammatory?” Here’s why (an extract from Laura’s blog post):
- It’s one of the only ways we can get enough bio-available calcium (trust me I have seen many HTMA tests that tell me the majority of us are deficient as hell)
- Contains magnesium, potassium, selenium, vitamins A,D,E,K
- Looking for one food that contains the perfect macro ratio of protein, fat and carbs (sugar) you found it!
- It is metabolically perfect and helps to lower body fat
- It improves bone density and is a blood sugar regulator
- It’s even been shown to prevent breast cancer and colon cancer
- It also improves the absorption of calcium, Vitamin A and B12
Give blood every 6 months to detox excess iron
I’ve always had really high iron (which apparently goes hand-in-hand with my copper deficiency) so, giving blood will help me ditch some of the iron filled blood and allow my body to make some fresh blood. If I’m supplementing correctly, I should produce more high-iron containing blood.
Also, I’m an O- blood type which is the universal blood type – the most wanted blood by hospitals because anyone can accept transfusions from it. So, it’s a win-win-win.
1 raw carrot a day
This was prescribed for hormone balancing and detoxification, which we could all use a little bit of. Carrots are filled with beta carotene, which is good for a whole plethora of things. Can’t hurt to eat a carrot, so why not?
This is my regime right now, I’ll give you an update on how things are going later, but I hope this encourages you to get some testing done and iron out your deficiencies with some specific supplementation.
I had my FNTP on my podcast a few months ago, The Adulting Advice podcast and The Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Podcast. She offers 15% off consultations for anyone who mentions they found her through me and these podcasts. I don’t get a kickback from that, I just want to offer you a place to start and she works with people remotely!