Telltale Symptoms that Something More is Going On
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Have A Happier Period by Making Simple Dietary Changes
Eat lots of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables – fiber binds to excess estrogen (natural and synthetic types), and helps it to leave the body. Lowering the level of estrogen in the blood has been linked to lowering a person’s chance of developing endometriosis, breast cancer and other conditions.
Avoid cow’s milk and dairy products – Modern day farming results in cows bred for milking, to have high levels of reproductive hormones. This again causes levels of estrogen and other hormones to rise outside of natural ranges. To get a milk fix, switch to nut milks like almond or cashew. Remember, the best sources of calcium are plant sources such as broccoli and spinach! (Popeye will have nothing on you!)
Avoid gluten – Several studies have found that gluten can cause inflammation in the body. The best way to manage period pain is to avoid inflammation triggers. Try giving up gluten for a month and see if you notice any difference to your period pain levels. Try to simply swap out gluten containing food for common swaps like corn, rice, beans, or quinoa. Eating a more varied diet will also ensure you are getting in more nutrients to help further support a healthy period.
Herbal relief – Herbs possess many therapeutic benefits to health, and they help many women combat period pain and cramps. A great option specifically for helping to balance hormones naturally and provide you with a boost of energy (which we all need at that time of the month!), is the Be Prepared Cramp Tea. This tea is caffeine free, and a rich source of chaste tree berry (and other carefully selected herbs), that according to some studies, has a positive effect on reducing period pain and cramps.