HORMONAL CHANGES DURING MENSTRUATION

During this phase, your hormones are at their lowest (progesterone, LH, FSH and estradiol). What is actually happening to your body is that there is shedding of the uterine lining that was built up along the cycle up to now. This is bleeding.

Interestingly, now is when women posses the greatest connection/communication between the two brain hemispheres (left is analytical and right is emotional), making this a perfect timing for decision-making.

If you want to take any test for fertility, this is usually the best time to test: FSH, LH and oestrogen. FSH is the hormone that develops your follicles that the egg then will use to be released from.

Since most of your hormones are at their lowest and taking that after this phase we enter in the follicular phase (that will need oestrogen support to aid with the follicular growth), it will be wise to help the body produce enough oestrogen to support the following crucial phase. How?

  1. Warm soups, stews, slow cooked meats, hidden organ meats and pumpkin seeds as a snack throughout the day every as they contain phytoestrogens which help improve the ratio of oestrogen metabolites to the 2-hydroxyestrone (protective oestrogen) instead of 16a and 4-hydroxyestrone (associated with increased negative risk of oestrogen dominance disorders and certain cancers).
  2. Anti-inflammatory herbs, spices, foods: turmeric, ginger, Ceylon cinnamon and blueberries.
  3. Foods that balance prostaglandins (reducing cramping and PMS): low glycemic options such as eggs, root vegetables, wild-caught salmon, cold pressed cod liver oil.

Important to remember: due to all the hormones being semi-asleep, your immune system is lowered hence antioxidants (berries) are needed. ☝🏻Remember that caffeine inhibits the absorption of Vitamin C (bell peppers) – so switch to a decaf option while bleeding.

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