• Big Fig Mattress,  PCOS

    It’s My Big Figaversary! Is the Big Fig Mattress everything it claims to be? – A year in review

    A Year Today My Sleep Was Forever Changed

    Good Morning Loves,

    Well today marks 1 year since sleeping on my Big Fig mattress and let me say, literally it’s been the best sleep I’ve ever had! Let me also say that the sturdiness and resilience to sinking in that I’ve experienced with other mattresses has yet to occur. As a plus-size body, this is extremely important simply because our bodies require more support in general. I never really understood the amount of sleep I wasn’t getting until Big Fig came into my life.

    First and foremost, I have PCOS, meaning that sleep quality isn’t always the best due to the symptoms of this condition. In the past, I have been known to have period of insomnia where I would go weeks without sleeping longer than 10 to 12 hours in a week, which is super unhealthy for bodily function & brain function. However, since experiencing the technology offered by the Big Fig I can say that my amount of sleepless nights decreased by 85% with the other 15% due to hormonal dysfunction.

    Secondly, I get warm very easily! So I was extremely interested in the cooling technology advertised by Big Fig but I can attest it truly works. I sweat so much less now, which has improved my electric bill because I don’t have to keep the air on quite as low as I’ve had to in the past! Not to mention that the combination of being just firm enough to ensure support & soft enough to provide maximum luxury comfort is a plus! Many days I don’t even feel like getting up!

    The quality is in the design!!!!

    Lastly, and probably the most important aspect of the bed that I love is the motion isolation. With the guests that I’ve had sleep over, I can get up and not disturb their rest & vice versa. I don’t know about you, but I love my rest and hate being woken up by minor movements (I am a lighter sleeper). Yet with Big Fig, I do not have those issues, making the testament to their technology and feature statements extremely accurate!!! I couldn’t be more excited that I have such a high quality bed!!!!

    Most importantly, I can’t stress how rest is so important to optimal health! Especially in these unprecedented times with Covid-19! I’ve definitely taken a new mindset in prioritizing healthcare above everything else to ensure that my chances at combating illness is higher. If you’re looking to upgrade your mattress and get more rest, I would definitely recommend the Big Fig as a top contender! From the high quality materials, support, comfort, durability, and extremely strong foundation (can hold up to 1000 lbs), you literally couldn’t make a better choice! Use code COOL right now for $200 dollars off now for their Summer Sale. Let them know I sent you!

    With Love,

    Lolo

  • PCOS,  PCOS AWARENESS

    Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP): The only blood test for PCOS

    “I feel I have PCOS but I don’t even know what to ask my doctor for?”

    The above question is one that I receive every time I am asked about PCOS, because so many ladies feel that they exhibit symptoms. In fact, many women are walking around with misdiagnosed PCOS or have PCOS but are being treated for hypothyroidism and vice versa. So the questions then becomes, How do you really know you have PCOS or any other endocrine abnormality? Well the number one indicator is what is present in your blood work, but not just any blood work, a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) blood test. What is a CMP? A CMP is

    The comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) is a group of 14 tests that measures several different substances in your blood. It is one of the most commonly ordered lab tests.

    The CMP gives your healthcare practitioner important information about the current status of your body’s metabolism (hence the name metabolic panel). The CMP provides information on your blood sugar (glucose) levels, the balance of electrolytes and fluid as well as the health of your kidneys, liver, and other organs. Abnormal results, and especially combinations of abnormal results, can indicate a problem that needs to be addressed and may require additional testing.

    Due to PCOS being such a compilation of symptoms that are often accompanied by comorbidity (two or more chronic illnesses/conditions at once) this blood test is essential in order to get a full capture for creating a proper treatment plan. So now you’ve asked your doctor for one, which areas of the blood test indicate PCOS? No worries, I’ve listed all the red flags that you should ask your doctor about when looking at your blood work:

    • Elevated Free Testosterone
    • Sex hormone binding globulin is suppressed in PCOS
    • LH is higher than FSH (Follicle stimulating hormone) which indicated issues with ovulation (number one cause of conception issues)
    • (DHEA) 17-Hydroxyprogesterone is significantly low in women with PCOS unless you suffer from the hormonal issue variant of PCOS which will then result in an androgenic response that is excessively high or to rule out Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
    • Cortisol key indicator to inflammation (common with PCOS) but if excessive can indicate Cushing’s Syndrome
    • Insulin Serum – If you are insulin resistant like me with your PCOS this number will be abnormally high as if you are diabetic
    • Hemoglobin A1C – will be high if you suffer from insulin resistance (please pay attention to this because if it’s above 5, ask your doctor is they will prescribe a medication/supplements beside metformin to help manage your blood sugar to prevent becoming diabetic)
    • TSH, t4 make sure that this is looked at to make sure you aren’t suffering from thyroid problems with mimic many PCOS symptoms
    • Estrogen may be elevated as well due to the hormonal complications with PCOS
    • Androstenedione may be elevated
    • Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) is often increased level is often seen with PCOS

    In addition, to the blood results above make sure you ask your gynecologist specifically for a trans-vaginal ultra-sound to check for ovarian size and cysts to accompany the above blood work. Not all women will have cysts on their ovaries but many cysters do, so don’t be surprised if you see that ring of pearls :).

    I hope that this helped you ladies in your health journey and of course if you have any questions, leave a comment below. Have a wonderful week!

    Sincerely,

    LoLo

  • Chronic Illness,  CHRONIC INFLAMMATION,  PCOS,  PCOS AWARENESS

    Edema & PCOS: What you should know

    Hello Lovelies!

    So let me start by saying, each year, I learn something new and intriguing about PCOS that I didn’t consider before. I always think I have the ultimate knowledge base and then I find myself experiencing a new symptom, start researching, and bam PCOS correlates with it. This time, as I laid on my stomach while the doctor drained my Baker’s Cysts that I had behind my right knee, I wondered if this was really due to me tweaking my knee last Fall/Winter (yes I know it’s June but read my previous post about my unemployment and self-care without insurance to understand the complexities of the wait). Typically, Baker’s Cysts are experienced by the elderly, those suffering from arthritis, and people with torn knee tendons.

    Me, I didn’t have any of those conditions. As my doctor used her ultrasonic machine to navigate my knee, my knee cartilage was fine, no significant signs of deterioration, and no torn or strained tendons, so it struck both of us very oddly. I’m 34 years old with none of the conditions that lead to the level of swelling I experienced in my right leg. Still, I was like okay maybe it was just a random event. Until I woke up 12 lbs lighter within 48 hours, putting me back at my pre-quarantine weight. So then I decided, okay let’s look into this more.

    So I looked up “Fluid Retention and PCOS” and to my surprise I read the following on PCOS.com;

    Women with PCOS are notorious for suffering from mild to severe fluid retention. Some other symptoms of fluid retention are: aching in the affected areas, feeling stiff in the joints, rapid weight gain over days or weeks, unexplained weight fluctuations, when you press the skin it may hold an indent for a few seconds.

    ” Fluid retention, bloating, and water retention are three terms for the same condition – excess fluids accumulating in your body’s cavities. Women with PCOS often report this troubling symptom and as we age it can become more and more of a problem”

    As I continued to read, the main culprits are insulin resistance (my type of PCOS), estrogen levels changing, birth control reactions (the designer drug most doctor’s love prescribing PCOS patients), hot weather, and not adequately getting rest and exercise. Women can fluctuate in weight 10 to 15 pounds at any given time due to edema/inflammation. Additionally, you can experience stiff joints that mimic the feeling of arthritis and impact your mobility. Most women with PCOS have excessive fluid retention in their legs and stomach. So as I sat in misery for 6 months and emotionally eating slightly for 4 out of the 6 months due to being unemployed….I indirectly was feeding my cyst and overall fluid retention.

    Also oxidative stress can lead to inflammation in women with PCOS. So with all of the above stated, I can’t stress enough to manage your PCOS well!!! Find a nutrition regimen that works for you, that focuses on balanced protein, just enough carbs, and healthy fats. I know its hard with insulin resistance, simply because we are ADDICTED TO SUGAR and that is my biggest Achilles heal! However, the pain I’ve been in prior to getting my cyst drained, is enough to make me focus more on keeping my eating patterns consistent and healthy. I hope this helps you, and that if you are experiencing excessive fluctuations on the scale or swelling, look at what you’re consuming and what health habits you’re practicing. Lastly, call your doctor to get a full metabolic blood test (more on that topic soon) so that they can see if your C-reactive Protein (CRP) is high (key stress hormone that leads to inflammation and associated with Cushings Syndrome). I know I’ve said it in previous posts, but always be reminded that inflammation is the root of all diseases.

    So make sure you take your health and fluid retention seriously. It’s not okay to gain 12 to 15lbs in the matter of a week. It’s not okay to lose that much either, so be sure you are feeding your body what she needs to function. If you have more information on fluid retention and PCOS, Drop a comment below.

    With Love,

    Lolo

  • Chronic Illness,  CHRONIC INFLAMMATION,  Diabetes,  Fertility,  PCOS,  Workout Routine

    My 30 lbs weight-loss: Whats helping me keep it off

    My SQUAD

    Good Evening Loves,

    So recently I posted a picture of myself a year apart and showed that I was indeed able to keep my weight off that I had lost. Trust me it was not easy and took some extra steps to achieve. As a sufferer of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, deficiencies in vitamins and minerals are a part of life. However, I never took taking supplements seriously until I was unemployed.

    That meant…I was uninsured. I called and my medication expenses, even with insurance where astronomical. With no money coming in, I couldn’t afford them. Thankfully I had plenty of insulin handy but I was forced to live right right. Thus my research began and the above groups of supplements have made weightloss attainable. Outside of the vita chic which is formulated specifically for PCOS, the rest are good for every BODY. Below is a breakdown:

    • Ashwagandha Root – Powerful anti inflammatory but also extremely essential to reduce cortisol that can occur from stress with pcos.
    • Apple Cider Vinegar – overall weight management and helps with insulin sensitivity to aide weightloss.
    • Turmeric Curcumim – powerful anti-inflammatory and increases insulin sensitivity.
    • Magnesium Glycenite – assists with reducing the risk of diabetes, hormonal balance, improved inflammation
    • Strong Probiotic – Helps with digestion and leaky gut syndrome to improve immunity and overall absorption of nutrients
    • Prenatal vitamins – because women with PCOS need increased vitamin intake for deficiencies that lead to conception, it just is essential
    • Seamoss – literally boosts my energy, decreases my appetite, keeps me fuller longer, and overall is filled with iodine which is essential for a healthy thyroid which balances hormone levels. But your gel from my faves https://www.seamossking.com/
    • Vita chic – provides the perfect proprietary blend for hormonal balance in women with pcos. Adding the right blend of Myo and D-Chiro inositol has been proving to assist in ovulation and boosting egg quality. Which this regulation is needed for weightloss and healthy body function. Use code LOLO20 today to save 20% on your order. I added it to my amazon store but you can purchase your bottle from vitachicusa.com.

    I can’t tell you how grateful I am for losing my job and discovering a key method to assisting me on my weight-loss journey. I have 37 more pounds to lose for 2020, prayerfully I finally win my battle with my weight. Wish me luck. All these supplements will be in my amazon store for you to shop, just click this link Shop My Amazon Picks

    With Love,

    Lolo

  • Chronic Illness,  CHRONIC INFLAMMATION,  Diabetes,  Insulin Resistance,  PCOS,  PCOS AWARENESS,  Weightloss,  wellness

    Leaky Gut and Hormonal Balance with PCOS: The Importance of Estrogen

    Hey My Quarantinas!!!

    I know we are all cooped up in the house trying to avoid COVID_19, rightfully so as we are compromised bodies (us cysters that is) and no one wants to be trying to fight an illness that has no cure. Well aside from that I wanted to take this time to really give you guys insight on an aspect of PCOS that many of us don’t know we face, I actually didn’t know we faced this either, which is the number one cause of inflammation for women with PCOS: Leaky Gut.

    What is a Leaky Gut? By definition, a leaky is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, causing undigested food particles, toxic waste products and bacteria to “leak” through the intestines and flood the blood stream. This is also known to many as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

    Over the years, emerging research indicates that the gut microbiome plays a central role in the regulation of estrogen levels within the body and thus influences the risk of developing estrogen-related diseases such as endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, breast cancer, and prostate cancer.

    We often hear about gut health, but we don’t pay attention to it that much because we aren’t sure why its important. At a conference meeting recently, I discovered that poor intestinal lining is the number one cause of inflammation throughout the body. In fact those who suffer from chronic fatigue, joint pain, frequent colds, and infections tend to suffer from poor digestive health.

    Additionally, scientific research has demonstrated that gut microbes regulate many aspects of human physiology, including intestinal permeability, the absorption of nutrients from food, estrogen levels, and immunity. Whether you are insulin resistant which causes the hormonal malfunction, or truly suffer from androgen over production….all is essentially linked to a dysfunction in estrogen levels not being balanced which is a classic sign of poor digestive lining.

    Estrogen plays many vital roles in the human body. It regulates body fat deposition and adipocyte differentiation, female reproductive function, cardiovascular health, bone turnover, and cell replication. Gut dysbiosis has the potential to alter the estrobolome, disrupt estrogen homeostasis, and impair these processes, promoting the development of chronic diseases. Estrogens regulate glucose and lipid metabolism, adipocyte differentiation, bone formation, and the inflammatory response in atherosclerosis.

    So How Does this impact PCOS?

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may also be influenced by estrobolome disruption. Women with PCOS have an excess of androgens in relation to estrogen, as well as an altered gut microbiota. Researchers theorize that the altered gut microbiota in PCOS women may promote increased androgen biosynthesis and decreased estrogen levels through lowered beta-glucuronidase activity.

    Interestingly, modulation of the gut microbiota with fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) has been found to improve estrous cycles and decrease androgen biosynthesis in an animal model of PCOS, indicating that modulation of the estrobolome may be beneficial in the treatment of PCOS.

    So how can we improve our intestinal lining and heal leaky gut syndrome?

    It’s all in your self care and nutrition! As I often speak on PCOS is all about what you eat and how you care for your body. So as of late here’s some foods I s added to my diet to improve my gut health:

    • Sea Moss (gel or powder form)
    • Limiting my NSAID use
    • Eating more fermented foods, specifically drinking kombucha
    • Lots of berries, pineapples, and kiwi
    • Nuts
    • Increased fish consumption
    • Cruciferous veggies
    • Tons of water (per usual)
    • Forcing sleep more often
    • Bone broth (collagen)

    The Coronavirus has me more focused on my immunity and gut health more than ever before, simply being diabetic with PCOS but whether you have it or not, it’s a good idea to step up your gut health. I hope you find this article helpful! If so let me know below!

    With Love,

    Lolo