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Let's Talk Periods: Menstrual Cycle

Menstrual Cycle

Over the next couple days I will be talking about the four different cycles, menstrual, follicular, ovulation and luteal and what’s going on with your hormones during these phases and how we can support them.

We start with our menstrual cycle which usually lasts 3-7 days. During this time our hormone levels decline to their lowest concentrations which helps to create the greatest communication between the left (analytical side) and right (feelings side) hemispheres of the brain. This means you are best able to feel about situations with facts and determine the best course of action.

Your energy will be at its lowest in beginning of your period. It is 100 percent okay to consider napping exercise during this time. Later in the week when you have more energy, focus on lighter exercise such as walking, yin yoga, kundalini yoga or mat pilates.

Foods that you should focus on in this part of your cycle should be;

•Healthy fats such as avocado, olive oil, salmon and nuts.

•Low glycemic fruit and vegetables such as carrots, greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggplant, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, oranges.

Keep your blood sugar steady while adding fibre and antioxidants. Adding in seafood or kelp can help re-mineralize your body with iron and zinc which you lose during menstruation.

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