For many women the menstrual cycle is a painful and frustrating time of the month associated with heavy bleeding, bloating, painful cramps, moodiness and sensitiveness. Fortunately, proper nutrition can heal almost anything. There are a few simple nutrition guidelines that you could follow to balance your cycle, reduce the severity of the menstrual symptoms and improve your overall health.
Remove processed foods from your diet.
Removing processed foods from their diet is one of the best things anyone can do for their health. The challenge here is that many people think they’re eating clean but are actually still eating a lot of processed foods. Just like sugar and salt, processed ingredients are hidden even in foods that are labelled “healthy”, “natural” or “organic”.
Play the role of an investigator and inspect your daily diet, fridge, and cabinets. Stay away from foods that come in a package, and stick to natural, real foods like vegetables and fruits that usually have no labels at all. This simple step will greatly help you in balancing your hormones and bringing your body into alignment.
Note: Wondering which ingredients are processed? Check out that list.
Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables are some of the greatest superfoods. Generally, they are a great source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, which may help reduce the severity of your PMS.
Take synthetic hormones off your plate.
Consuming grass-fed, organic, local, and clean meat and dairy without added hormones will make a huge difference for your hormonal balance and will ease your menstrual symptoms. Hormones from food can lead to a heavier flow, more cramping, mood swings, and even ovarian cysts.
Pick your animal proteins wisely.
When it comes to protein consumption bio-individuality plays an essential role. Some women notice positive changes in their PMS when they reduce the consumption of animal products. Other women, especially those who are suffering from lack of period (amenorrhea), may find that eating high-quality, hormones and antibiotics-free animal protein helps periods to return.
What works for someone else would not necessarily work for you. Learn to embrace your bio-individuality and listen to what your body is telling you. Your body knows best what it needs. Experiment with different eating styles and changes in your diet and observe how they make you feel and how they affect your menstrual cycle.
Embrace good fats.
The concept that fat is bad for your health and that it makes you gain weight is misleading. Not all fats are created equal, and high-quality fat is actually essential for your overall health. As a matter of fact, lack of high-quality fat in the diet is linked to poor skin health, amenorrhea, hormonal imbalance, ovarian cysts, and many other common women’s health issues.
Embrace fat as your friend, and start adding avocado, olive and linseed oil, raw nuts and seeds, omega-3 fatty acids and organic or grass-fed butter or ghee into your diet, and you will see that fat can be very helpful when balancing your female cycle. Good fats also help reduce inflammation, which can be particularly useful in reducing cramping.
To learn a few tricks that you can try in order to make your period a little bit more pleasant and tolerable, check out Shakti Zone: HOW TO FEEL BETTER DURING YOUR PERIOD.