Nutritional advice for menstrual health including nutritional protocols for PCOS, endometriosis, PMDD, and perimenopause. Strategies include reducing sugar to reverse insulin resistance and supplementing magnesium to stabilize the nervous system.
If you follow my blog, you know how much I care about women and women’s health. I want women to be fully nourished and eat in a way that supports ovulation and hormones.
I am, therefore, concerned about any diet that seems to impair ovulation. That can include a low-carb or keto diet, which can stop ovulation and periods. That can also include an exclusively plant-based or vegan diet, which can stop ovulation, but more often seems to cause long cycles and progesterone deficiency.
If you’re vegan, I encourage you to keep reading and join the conversation in the comments. I particularly want to hear from anyone who has been vegan for at least a year. (And see below for a tally of the comments so far.)
Desserts and high-dose fructose can be a problem for health, especially if you have insulin resistance.
With my patients, I don’t worry too much about sugar as long as insulin is normal on a blood test. If insulin is high on a blood test (insulin resistance), I ask them to avoid all desserts and dessert-type foods including dried fruit like dates. They can still have whole fruit.
Do you suffer bad period pain? You shouldn’t have to.
Period pain is common, so we tend to think it just goes with the territory of having periods. But “normal” period pain should not prevent you from going about your day. And “normal” period pain should disappear with the right diet and supplements.
Put it this way: If pain doesn’t disappear with simple treatments, then it’s not normal period pain. It’s strong period pain and could be a sign of an underlying medical condition like endometriosis or adenomyosis.