We know this may be the time of the month you dread. Dealing with mood swings, cramps, and heavy flow is not an ideal way to spend a week but there is so much more to your cycle than the temporary symptoms.
Whether you want to have children in the future or not. Your menstruation cycle is key to human reproduction. It’s also important to determine if you may have possible health conditions. The color, odor, and texture can provide any likelihood of disease (this isn’t the only way you should always go see your doctor if any suspicions arise). Your menstruation cycle helps with your hormone balance. It’s a sign that things are working the way they are supposed to based on the color, odor, and texture. Along with hormone balance, your cycle is a natural cleanser, it helps discharge the body of excess iron.
Like everything in this world, your cycle is a feedback mechanism. As mentioned before it offers feedback on the current state of your reproductive system. Factors such as diet, emotions, and environment all play a role whether you have a healthy and consistent cycle or not. Your menstruation cycle plays a huge role in your life which is why it is important to track your periods. You can use classic pen and paper or use apps such as P Tracker Lite (not sponsored) to make sure your periods are coming consistently every month.
When on your period it is important to fuel your body with healthy whole foods. We know it’s tempting to jump to the processed sugary snacks and drinks but through personal experience, we found that eating processed sugary snacks and drinks make our period symptoms worse. It has been recommended by experts that eating less sugary and whole foods and drinks (ie. water, tea, fruits, and vegetables) during your period helps ease symptoms such as bloating and cramps.
At the end of the day, your menstruation cycle is important. It shouldn’t be something you are ashamed of discussing with your partner or anyone important in your life. If the people in your life care about you they will be willing to listen to anything that is important to you. Your menstruation cycle is meant to help you not hurt you (ironic we know) and if there is anything you learn from your menstruation cycle it is that it’s important to take care of yourself.
Lots of love,
Jasmine and Phrieda