Eat well – make sure you have a varied diet, with good fats (omega -3 rich, as in flax and fish oils) and lots of color! It’s especially important to support your liver with lots of dark leafy greens, fiber and liver-supportive herbs. It’s your liver’s job to process all of your hormones and if it’s sluggish, hormone levels can be imbalanced.
- Consider taking a multivitamin-mineral supplement. Our diets, no matter how good, may not be supplying all that we need. Calcium and magnesium are especially important, but all the antioxidant vitamins and minerals, as well as trace minerals, are also vital.
- Vitamin B6 assists the liver in breaking down reproductive hormones, thus reducing mood swings, irritability, breast tenderness, fluid retention, sugar cravings and fatigue.
- Iron may be need to be replenished during and after menses – it plays a vital role in oxygenation of our cells.
- Protein and carbohydrates – eat more protein between menstruation and ovulation, and eat more complex carbohydrates or more frequent, small meals right before menses to help curb sugar cravings, “brain-fog” and fatigue.
- Consider supplementing with a green drink (chlorella, spirulina, wheat grass, etc.) for additional protein, minerals, vitamins and liver support.
Get good sleep – your body needs time to regenerate on all levels every day.
Exercise – it decreases stress, improves cardiovascular function and maintains healthy bone density.
Journal, paint, dance … find some creative outlet for yourself and commit to doing it regularly.