Using Nutrition to Treat Menstrual Symptoms
If you’re a woman, you’ve likely dealt with an uncomfortable and painful menstrual cycle. What you may not be realizing is what you’re eating can have a direct effect on your hormones, and in turn your menstrual cycle discomfort.
As a woman the estrogen levels are constantly rising and falling, gradually rising for two weeks, peaking, then falling quickly around the time of ovulation, where it rises again in the second half of the month and will fall again before the next menstrual cycle begins.
Low-fat, high fiber diets have been found to reduce estrogen levels. Lowering the levels of estrogen in the blood have been known to help with reducing the risk of breast cancer. This is because less estrogen means less stimulation for cancer cell growth.
Estrogen is typically pulled from the bloodstream by the liver, which sends it through the bile duct, into the intestinal tract. There, fiber soaks it up like a sponge and carries it out with other waste. The more fiber there is in the diet, the better the natural disposal of estrogen works.
Poultry and other animal products do not contain fiber, this even includes yogurt. Without a natural way for the estrogen waste to leave the body it can begin to get backed up and make its way into the bloodstream, thus recycling estrogen.
The Source of Your Cramps
Menstrual cramps can be often very minor or sometime vary painful and can interrupt your day to day activities. Listening to your body is key, as sometimes menstrual cramps are a sign of an underlying problem such as uterine tumors, endometriosis or fibroids, although vary rare it’s important to listen to what your body is telling you. The most common cramps which the majority of women get are caused from inflammation, which can be reduced with diet changes.
The key to a stress free menstrual cycle is finding a diet that works best for you and your lifestyle, and is also enjoyable. Book a consult today with our Encino nutritionist to get rid of your menstrual cramps and discomfort for good!