Besides a prescribed herbal, supplemental and therapeutic protocol that exists for those with irregular menses, we give you 4 ways in which every woman can have a healthy menses.
1) Mind the Chemistry: Balance the hormones
A healthy menstrual cycle is a function of a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle. Through herbs and supplements, we promote a balanced biochemistry within ourselves In some cases the endocrine system may be in need of some nourishment and support. There are herbs and supplements that are specific for this
NUTRITION AND SUPPLEMENTS
1) Eat foods that are rich in calcium, including beans, almonds, and dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and kale.
2) Eat foods that are high in antioxidants, including fruits, such as blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes, and vegetables, such as squash and bell pepper.
3) Avoid refined foods, such as white breads, pastas, and sugar.
Eat more lean meats, cold-water fish, tofu (soy, if no allergy), or beans for protein.
4) Use healthy cooking oils, such as olive oil or vegetable oil.
Some women find that adding soy milk to their diet helps relieve menstrual pain.
5) Eliminate trans-fatty acids, found in commercially baked goods such as cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods, and margarine.
6) Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco.
7) Drink 6 to 8 glasses of filtered water daily.
8) Exercise at least 30 minutes daily, 5 days a week.
9) Some studies also suggest following a gluten-free diet helped reduce painful symptoms of endometriosis.
The following supplements may also help relieve menstrual pain:
1) Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil to help lower inflammation. A few studies have found that women who took fish oil had less menstrual pain than those who took placebo. Omega-3 fatty acids may raise the risk of bleeding, especially for people who take blood thinners such as clopidogrel (Plavix), warfarin (Coumadin), or aspirin. Ask your doctor before taking omega-3 fatty acids.
2) Calcium citrate. Your body needs calcium for healthy bones. Calcium may also help reduce menstrual pain because it helps maintain muscle tone. However, evidence isn't clear. Calcium citrate is the form of calcium that your body absorbs most easily. Remember that you may be getting some calcium in the food you eat, so ask your doctor before taking calcium supplements.
3) Vitamin D, helps your body use calcium and may reduce inflammation. Vitamin D may interact with a number of medications, so ask your doctor before taking more than the recommended daily allowance.
4) Vitamin E, may help reduce menstrual pain. In one study, 100 young women took either 500 IU of vitamin E or placebo for 5 days (2 days before and 3 days after their periods started). Those who took vitamin E reported less pain than those who took placebo. Vitamin E may increase the risk of bleeding, especially if you already take blood thinners. People with heart disease, diabetes, retinitis pigmentosa, or cancer of the head, neck, or prostate, should avoid high doses of vitamin E without first asking their doctor.
5) Magnesium. Preliminary studies suggest that magnesium may help reduce menstrual pain. Too much magnesium can cause diarrhea and lower blood pressure. If you have digestive problems or heart disease, ask your doctor before taking magnesium. Magnesium can interact with many medications, including antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), levofloxacin (Levaquin), and tetracycline; bone-building drugs such as alendronate (Fosamax), and risedronate (Actonel); diuretics (water pills); and other drugs.
Herbs are generally available as standardized dried extracts (pills, capsules, or tablets), teas, tinctures, or liquid extracts (alcohol extraction, unless otherwise noted). Mix liquid extracts with favorite beverage.
Some researchers think the following herbs act like estrogen in the body. Women who have a history of hormone-related cancer, who are taking hormone replacement therapy, or who have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood-thinning medication should ask their doctor before taking these herbs:
Chaste tree or chaste berry (Vitex agnus castus). Chaste tree may interact with a number of medications, including chlorpromazine (Thorazine), haloperidol (Haldol), levodopa, metoclopramide, olanzapine (Zyprexa), prochlorperazine (Compazine), quetiapine (Seroquel), ropinirole (Requip), risperidone (Risperdal). It may also make birth control pills less effective.
Cramp bark (Viburnum opulus), taken as a tea. People who take diuretics (water pills) or lithium should ask their doctors before taking cramp bark.
Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) standardized extract, 20 to 40 mg, 2 times a day. Black cohosh may interact with medications processed by the liver, including acetaminophen (Tylenol), atorvastatin (Lipitor), carbamazepine (Tegretol), isoniazid (INH), methotrexate (Rheumatrex), and others.
Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis). Some studies have found evening primrose oil to be effective at relieving symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). People with a history of seizures should not take evening primrose oil. Evening primrose oil can increase the risk of bleeding, particularly in people who already take blood-thinning medications, such as coumadin (Warfarin), plavix (Clopidogrel), or aspirin.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa), for inflammation. Turmeric can increase the risk of bleeding, particularly in people who already take blood-thinning medications, such as coumadin (Warfarin) and aspirin. Speak to your doctor before taking it. People with gallstones or gallbladder problems should ask their doctor before using turmeric.
Fennel, for nausea and weakness during menstruation. Preliminary studies suggest fennel may reduce the severity of symptoms.
2. Strengthen the Body detoxifier - Liver
The liver helps to filter toxins from the body including excess hormones. If there is an over abundance of estrogen, the liver will be overloaded and in need of a little herbal help. Doing a Fertility Cleanse or using liver cleansing herbs such as Milk Thistle, can help to continually support the liver in detoxification. I personally am constantly using herbs and juices to help support the liver to cleanse itself as our modern world can be so toxic.
3. Nutrition and hydration
Nutrition plays a big roll in a healthy menstrual cycle and hormonal balance. It is important for us to consume a wide variety of minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Some of the nutrients that are specific to hormonal balance (remember a healthy diet is VERY important, not just getting these singled out nutrients) can be found in a whole food multivitamin.
omega 3 fatty acid
Hydration is also important. In many cases of stagnation (such as blood clots or dark menstrual blood) dehydration is a contributing factor. In order for the menstruation to FLOW from us, it needs to have a liquid consistency. Not a sticky, thick consistency.
Drinking plenty of water and fresh squeezed juices is important for a healthy flow. Starting your day with a quart of water (with lemon if you like) is a great idea. Make sure to get another quart throughout the day. In addition, add at least 1 quart of fresh juiced vegetable and fruit juices and you are on your way to abundant health.
4. Stress reduction
Stress can have an impact on your menstrual cycle. Traveling, work stress, family stress, stress about infertility, financial stress can have an impact on the hormones that are released.
Stress boosts levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, which inhibits the body’s main sex hormones GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone) and subsequently may suppress ovulation, sexual activity and sperm count.
Supporting the adrenal gland is also helpful for hormonal balance as it can get burned out from too much stress for too long and negatively effect the endocrine system.
There are many ways to begin to reduce the amount of stress and alter your reaction to stress such as:
Mind/Body programs such as Soul Mapping (join here https://theoliving.com/en/form/111)
Listen to calm, soothing music to reduce anxiety and stress around fertility
Exercise can also help to release stress