Dear Robin: “Can low blood pressure be a symptom of PCOS? It seems most times after I eat, and also periodically throughout the day, my blood pressure drops. I can actually see the veins in my arms and hands swell tremendously. When this happens my blood pressure drops and I feel very fatigued.” ~ Ann
Dear Ann: PCOS is weird because it’s a hormone imbalance condition that can cause so many symptoms, depending on what your root causes are at any one point in time.
I can relate, I had low blood pressure for a number of years. Every time I’d visit my doctor the nurse would take my blood pressure, and she would comment that I must be an athlete because it was so low. I just laughed because I was anything but that. I was just exhausted, with adrenal burnout!
I’m fairly certain that’s what going on for you.
You are suffering from adrenal imbalance. Adrenal glands are little walnut-shaped glands that sit on top of your kidneys. They produce 50+ hormones and regulate everything from electrolyte balance (i.e. fluid retention if not functioning properly) to blood sugar balance to DHEA, testosterone, androstenedione (all three are androgens), and some progesterone and estrogen if you are still menstruating. You can learn more about your adrenal glands in this webinar (it’s free but you’ll need to register) – click here.
You can see that what is happening for you involves the health of your adrenal glands and something called the HPA axis (hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal) – yes, your brain is involved too. Your energy, blood sugar and blood pressure then become severely affected with a dis-regulation in this axis.
The DUTCH Complete test can be a helpful test so you can see exactly what’s going on with your adrenals and your hormones in general if you’d like some objective feedback on what’s going on for you.
Nourishing your adrenals and your HPA axis involves something called a circadian rhythm reset.
This means that you’ll need to get much more in sync with the light and dark cycles of the day, eat a high protein, high fat, low carb breakfast and build and time your meals for hormone balance. Your digestion is usually impaired because you’ve been stressed out for too long, so focusing on mindful eating is super important, and practicing excellent sleep hygiene is critical. The 5-Element System shows you how to do this in more detail.
There are more resources on adrenal health here as well – click here for more info.
I healed my adrenal imbalances so I know you can too. Right now I know you feel terrible, but just know that with the right changes in how you’re taking care of yourself, you can feel so much better pretty quickly. Be selfish and really compassionate towards yourself right now – you need that support.
Keep me posted on your progress, OK? ~ Robin
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