You want to feel good. You want to feel like the best version of yourself. Because, well, when you feel well, everything seems possible!
You might even be doing all the right things, such as eating well (most of the time), moving your body regularly, keeping stress to a minimum, and drinking 8 glasses of water per day.
Yet, something is off. You don’t feel as good as you know that you should.
The culprit? It might be your birth control.
HBC & Depression
Hormonal birth control (HBC) can have many great benefits, but one of the common and unwanted side effects is depression.
One of the ways HBC can contribute to low mood is nutrient deficiencies. Birth control is known to deplete B Vitamins, CoQ10, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, and probiotics. B12 depletion caused by the change in hormones can wreak havoc on your serotonin levels, leaving you with less of the “happy” neurotransmitter and more of the sad feelings.
The depletion of several key nutrients can be extremely debilitating. These nutrients are necessary for optimal mood and feeling like the best version of yourself all month long.
Improving depression often requires a multifaceted approach. Whether it be lifestyle behaviors, exercise, counselling, supplementation, or medication, finding the right combination of tools that help can take some trial and error.
Here are some things to try when life (and your birth control) have got you down:
- Get outside. A breath of fresh air and a bit of movement does wonders for the mind. A change of scenery and a break from screen time is a guaranteed mood booster.
- Take a deep breath. Deep breathing has been proven to have a calming effect and bring you to the present moment. Try the 4-4-8 technique or diaphragmatic breathing.
- Carve out time for self-care. Find some time every day to dedicate to doing something you love. Whether you enjoy yoga, reading, or painting, you deserve dedicated “me” time every single day.
- Correct nutrient deficiencies. Top Up Tonic is formulated to correct nutritional deficiencies caused by hormonal birth control use and can alleviate low mood and depression.
Be balanced. Be bold. Be you.