DIET AND LIFESTYLE FIXES

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Some­times, men­stru­a­tion is­sues can be eased by tak­ing a closer look at eat­ing habits, ex­er­cise and stress lev­els, says Briden. Here are some of the key fac­tors that can be linked to prob­lem­atic pe­ri­ods…

A Lack of carbs

No­body has for­mally stud­ied this, but I see many women re­ally strug­gling on a low-carb diet. The body needs to be fully nour­ished to be able to ovu­late, and un­der­eat­ing is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly com­mon. Men­strual dis­rup­tion is one of the first signs that eat­ing pat­terns might not be right. It’s also im­por­tant to know that women have very dif­fer­ent nu­tri­tional re­quire­ments to men, and women in their re­pro­duc­tive years have dif­fer­ent re­quire­ments to those af­ter menopause.

In­flam­ma­tory foods & drinks

For is­sues with PMS, it can be use­ful to cut back on foods that are in­flam­ma­tory. The key cul­prit is pro­cessed sugar, but al­co­hol of­ten gets left out of the conversation, but it’s re­ally not good for women’s health ei­ther.

Soy

I don’t see soy as a big player in pe­riod health. With veg­e­tar­ian or ve­gan women who are eat­ing a lot of soy, I have seen cases where soy can have an anti-oe­stro­gen ef­fect, al­though this is of­ten in the con­text of not be­ing fully nour­ished in other ways.

Dairy prod­ucts

Through my clin­i­cal ob­ser­va­tion, dairy is prob­lem­atic for some women. If you have pe­riod pain and PMS, it’s worth try­ing a few months with­out cow’s dairy, as this can re­lieve symp­toms.

Stress

This has a huge ef­fect on pe­riod health. There’s a lot of science about it now, and it can im­pact on ev­ery­thing from breast ten­der­ness to fa­tigue. Hor­monal symp­toms are wors­ened due to the way stress hor­mones in­ter­act with our female hor­mones.

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