What Your Period Is Trying To Tell You About Your Health
Your menstrual cycle is more than just a monthly inconvenience. It’s one of the ways your body communicates with you about your health — if you know how to listen. Some women think being irregular is regular, but remember menstrual cycles are all about hormones and when something is off or non-cyclical, chances are you need to pay attention and do something to get yourself and your period back on track.
You’re At Risk For High Blood Pressure
According to new research from the American Heart Association, women who started their periods very early (10 or younger) or very late (17 or older) have a higher risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. There’s nothing you can do about the age you begin menstruating, but you can take precautions when it comes to your heart health, like eating right and being physically active.
You May Have An Infection
If you’re not on birth control, spotting between your periods could be a sign that something is off. You could have a vaginal infection, hormonal imbalance, or even a precancerous condition.
Dial Down Your Workout
If your new workout routine has stopped your cycle in its tracks, it’s time to work out a little less. When you have quite a few missed menstrual cycles, that means your estrogen levels are low, and lower estrogen levels can lead to osteoporosis.
Is your flow very heavy? You may be anemic, especially if your heavy flow is accompanied by fatigue, headaches, and dizziness.
You Need More Magnesium
Bloating more than usual? It could be a sign that you need more magnesium in your diet. One 200 mg magnesium chew can blast the bloat.
You’re Having Issues With Your Uterus
Cramps are normal, but they should never be bad enough to put you out of commission for days at a time. Severe cramps can be a sign of endometriosis, fibroid tumors or other uterine disorders.
Get Your Thyroid Tested
If your flow is suddenly lighter (or heavier), you might be having trouble with your thyroid. Check with your doctor to make sure nothing serious is responsible for your unsteady flow.
You Need To Eat More
A strict diet should help you lose weight, not your monthly flow. If your period stops, it’s a sign that your body is not getting the nutrition it needs to function.
An irregular period could also be a sign that you’re pre-diabetic. If that’s the case, insulin resistance is causing your ovaries to behave irregularly. Talk to a doctor about changes in your diet that can put your period back on track.
You Need Grated Ginger
Bloated and backed up? Grate ginger into hot water and drink it before and after every meal. It will get your digestive tract flowing better during your cycle.
You Need Vegetables
Catch yourself crying during sad commercials? You may be one of the 20 to 30 percent of women who struggle with hormone fluctuations. Regularly eating complex carbohydrates like leafy vegetables and whole grain foods can keep your blood sugar (and your feelings) steady.
You Have Food Sensitivities
A menstrual cycle that is 27 days or less can be a symptom of food sensitivity. Fill your diet with whole grains and well-cooked foods that are easy to digest and you may be able to lengthen the time between your periods.
Eat More Red Meat
Have trouble keeping your eyes open once your period hits? It could be a sign that you’re low in iron. Eat plenty of red meat, spinach, beans or lentils to keep your iron levels strong all month long.
Get To A Doctor
Your menstrual cycle communicates with you through changes. Any significant upset in your cycle should be run by your doctor to make sure nothing’s wrong.