Nobody likes to talk about it, but the irony is that a woman’s monthly cycle is quite possibly one of the most important factors in evaluating her health. Let there be no shame, fear or “ick” factor when bringing up this most valuable and important subject matter! The body never lies and neither does your monthly cycle. So listen up ladies!
The menstrual cycle is the most basic earthly cycle we have that ties us to Mother Nature and the earth itself. If we listen closely and carefully we can actually gather loads of helpful information that tells us exactly what health issues are going on in our body.
Most women and clients I talk to don’t even know how their monthly cycle works. Remember those days of sex education, the birds and the bees? Well, I’m bringing it back! One of the best preventative health tools a woman can have is education. Every woman should understand how her body works. So I’m breaking it down for you, a little woman to woman health education 101.
An average cycle usually lasts about 28 days, but that’s not to say that number is every woman’s “norm”. Don’t worry if you don’t fall under this so called average 28 day category, it’s just simply a reference number. Some last 21, while others last 32. The length of a woman’s cycle will fluctuate from woman to woman depending on various factors including her diet, stress level, hormones and many other personal health factors.
There are two main hormones involved in the menstrual cycle: estrogen (broken down into 3 kinds: estrone (E1), estradiol (E2) and estriol (E3) and progesterone. In an average 28-day cycle during the first half, also known as the follicular stage, estrogen is higher, while in the second half, the luteal phase, progesterone is higher in relation to estrogen.
The two act synergistically to balance each other and make appropriate changes in the body at certain times of the month. Both of these hormones are produced by the ovaries and the adrenal glands.
Our cycles are much more complicated than this and involve a lot more specifics and details but for the sake of keeping it basic, we’ll leave it at that for now.
The body does its best to balance these two hormones in order to maintain balance and prevent major upsets that could lead to hormone imbalance. But sometimes, the body simply becomes overwhelmed and overloaded by numerous external and internal factors and has difficulty maintaining this sweet balance.
When our cycle becomes out of whack, there is usually good reason for it and a lot of individual factors can play a key role in this change of chemistry. Factors like fast food, pesticides, chemicals, pollution, products, stress and so much more put a ton of stress on the body and can create major hormone disruption. How would you know if you are living with this hormone disruption or hormone imbalance?
Well there are a slew of signs and symptoms that your body might be producing as a result of hormone imbalance. Because every woman is individual and unique, everyone will experience these signs and symptoms differently.
Signs & Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance:
- Painful periods
- Irregular periods
- Heavy periods
- Cramping before, during or after your period
- Mood swings
- Breast swelling and tenderness
- Migraines or headaches
- Sugar and or salt cravings
- Mental fogginess and forgetfulness
- Inability to concentrate
These are just some of the many symptoms our body can produce as result of disruption to our lovely hormones. Not fun! The good news is that I know from my own personal experience and from working with my clients that there is so much we can do to address and resolve hormone imbalance.
Eating a well-balanced diet is one of the most simplistic and basic things you can do to prevent these imbalances and create a balanced, smooth sailing cycle. A diet rich focused on organic as much as possible and with whole foods and antioxidants including: dark leafy greens, cruciferous veggies, nuts, seeds, sea vegetables and wild cold-water fish will tremendously help you put your body back into balance.
Avoid as much as possible packaged processed foods, added chemicals, pesticide and fake ingredients. If it didn’t come from the earth it won’t give you living earth when you eat it.
Even if you are experiencing just one of the above mentioned signs or symptoms, your body is trying to tell you something. Your body is trying to speak a language through symptoms and feelings in order to make you aware that something is not right.
I strongly encourage to start listening to these signs and symptoms and make note of what’s coming up for you. The first step to addressing the issue is simply just to become aware of it. So get quiet, listen up and listen to your body talk!
For more information on what you can do to prevent hormone imbalance check out my Crazy Sexy Hormones, E-guide filled with delicious knowledge on hormone health that will rock your hormones into bliss!