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  • Lauren Baptiste

5 Foods to Boost Women's Health | Acheloa Wellness

Ladies, believe it or not, our bodies are always changing. At this point, I’m sure you’re aware of your monthly visit from “Aunt Flo,” but did you know that your body’s hormones adjust from week to week (even day to day)? Your body goes through a full 28+ day process to keep you regulated. This not only applies to your menstruation or fertility, but also your body’s entire function. Oddly enough, this can also affect your mood and way of thinking.


Do you ever feel, however, that something’s off? If you’re over 20 years old and find yourself suffering from any of the following symptoms, you may be dealing with a hormone imbalance:

  • Acne

  • Weight fluctuations

  • Hair loss

  • Thyroid issues (i.e., hypothyroidism)

  • Severe mood swings

  • Spurts of energy at the wrong times (i.e., right before bed)



The bad news is that these, among many other symptoms, are interrelated. The good news is that you can help remedy these with the food you ingest and the products you use. Below are some healthy foods that you can enjoy during menstruation that help ease symptoms and help you get your body in “flow.”



Water(melon)

Drink water. Drink a lot of water, especially during your menstrual cycle. If your body hasn’t already told you, I will. Your body is working really hard to shed your uterine lining. With hard work comes dehydration, and drinking water during this time is key. If you can’t fathom drinking straight water try decaffeinated teas (i.e., chamomile), infused waters, and watermelon.


Wild rice

Bowel movements can get weird this time of the month. Diarrhea is incredibly common and fibrous foods like wild rice and buckwheat can be incredibly helpful. Fiber and water go hand in hand. Even more of a reason to drink water (see above).


Beets

Beets are a good source of folate and betaine. During menstruation, women benefit greatly from eating beets because they help replenish the iron lost in the blood.


Leafy Dark Greens

Green vegetables are high in calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which help prevent cramps. The minerals found in Leafy Dark Greens like kale, seaweed, and broccoli rape can also calm your emotions. Further, dark green vegetables also contain high amounts of vitamin K, which is needed to coagulate blood and prevent excess bleeding.


Blueberries

Blueberries may give you the energy you need to conquer menstruation tiredness. High in antioxidants, manganese, and vitamin C, this superfood really saves the day. Again, this fruit is high in vitamin K, which helps with bleeding.


What do you think of this list? What foods do you crave during menstruation? The only way to better learn about your body is to experiment with different healthy foods to see what works best for you. This is a short list of foods to try during menstruation, but I’ve also seen recommendations for lean meats, omega 3 fatty acids, and beans, among others. Honestly, this list is good for you all month long, but for the reasons mentioned above they’ll help heal your body, especially during menstruation.


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