The amount of women who come to see me who are suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is astounding. And the kicker: they're not all the same. In fact a while ago, I had posted a video on the misconceptions about PCOS and in that video I outlined the five types of PCOS. In fact I did a free PCOS guide based off it (which has since been updated). However since then I've seen so many other varieties of PCOS, including a major correlation with Hashimoto's. So why not talk about it in this newsletter video and share an incredible recipe to boot?
Yup my fellow warriors, get ready because it's time to dive into PCOS and Hashimoto's.
So first thing is first - how are the two actually connected? It really boils down to two words: leaky gut.
Now if you've never heard of this term before, it's when the junctions in the intestinal wall become permeable, so in other words, food can pass into the bloodstream. When this happens, our body's produce antibodies against it because it immediately senses an invader! Over time this becomes an issue and these antibodies can begin to attack the thyroid gland. And interestingly enough, women who suffer from PCOS were shown in a 2010 study to have an increase chance to have IBS.(1) And IBS, you guessed it stems from a leaky gut.
So truthfully, it's all tied together!
Don't believe me? Well consider this: Women with PCOS are actually three times more likely to develop Hashimoto's (2)
If you've been struggling with Hashimoto's or PCOS, it's important to understand something very crucial: they're symptoms, not the root cause. Root causes can range form poor nutrition (excess carbohydrates, or protein, dairy and sugar with no emphasis on veggies), a sedentary lifestyle, adrenal fatigue (boundaries anyone?), nervous system exhaustion, dehydration, excess alcohol and caffeine. The reality is that our bodies work as a symphony, so it truly requires an overall, holistic approach. So if you're looking for a magic bullet, you won't find it here (pssst...because it doesn't exist!)
It's why when I work with women in my hormone membership program, Sexy Lady Balls, I take you through a holistic approach where women are held accountable (there's seriously no escaping me). And no, it isn't an overnight fix and your success will be based on your specific case and level of commitment. Unless you're consulting with God herself, you can't expect any practitioner to fix your fine self in a couple of months.
But wait, once you get rid of your PCOS and Hashi, you'll finally be happy right?
Let me say this: happiness is not some destination like Australia. With every struggle and battle won, you'll soon realize that happiness is simply a byproduct of various behaviours and soon enough, you'll start to see the bad ass warrior that you are.
Okay so let's dive into my bone broth recipe because today I have two (**happy jig**).
Reason being: most people are making bone broth all wrong. If you're drinking it thinking, "This shiz tastes ranky" or "This is irritates my tummy!" Chances are you're missing the boiling step. When you boil bone marrow (which you can get at your butcher) first for 20 minutes, you boil away the impurities that can make it taste off or cause that irritation.
Bone broth has anti-inflammatory powers and helps to heal the gut lining because it contains gut healing properties like glycine and glutamine. Then by making my golden buttered drink version of this and you're kicking it up a notch with anti-inflammatory spices like turmeric, cinnamon and ginger - all of which are excellent for PCOS. Here's the recipe below.
- BONE BROTH INGREDIENTS
- 2-3 organic bone marrow
- 1 large onion (red or white is fine)
- 4 garlic cloves
- 4 tbsp chaga chunks
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
- Cracked pepper
- Water to just fill the items in your crockpot
- GOLDEN BUTTERED BONE BROTH LATTE
- 1 cup finished bone broth
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp dried ginger
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp St. Francis Coconut Oil (I also LOVE their Coconut Oil & Ghee combo)
- 1 tsp raw honey
- BONE BROTH INSTRUCTIONS
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Place bone marrow in a pot and fill with water (doesn't matter how much).
- Bring to a boil and leave on a roaring simmer for 20 minutes.
- After, remove bone marrow and place on a lined baking tray and place in oven. (Discard water).
- Roast bones for 30 minutes (this will impart a wonderful flavour to your broth).
- Remove bones carefully and place in a crockpot and add in remaining ingredients and just cover with water.
- Leave on low for 24 hours but you certainly can leave it on for longer (I've left mine for a full 40).
- GOLDEN BUTTERED BONE BROTH LATTE
- Add in all ingredients for latte into blender and blend on high for a minute.
- Then simply pour and enjoy.
References: Mathur R, Ko A, Hwang LJ, Low K, Azziz R, Pimentel M. Polycystic ovary syndrome is associated with an increased prevalence of irritable bowel syndrome. Dig Dis Sci. 2010 Apr;55(4):1085-9.  OE Janssen, N Mehlmauer, S Hahn, AH Offner, R Gartner. High prevalence of autoimmune thyroiditis in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome. http://www.eje-online.org/content/150/3/363.short