As the time for your period comes around, it feels like your emotions are all over the place. You go from feeling sad, to happy, to angry, to confused in a matter of minutes! Ever wondered what the reason behind this is? Apparently hormonal imbalance that occurs in women through their menstrual cycle and that is to blame for these rapid switch in mental health. So what exactly is going on in your body that leads to this monthly wild ride of PMS and hormonal changes?
There are 3 hormones that affect you during your cycle- estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. At first, a rise in estrogen leads to a boost in your mood, followed by a rise in testosterone which further enhances the euphoria. Then comes the dreaded progesterone. A rise in this hormone leads to an emotional low within us. Along with this hormonal imbalance, other ones like serotonin also experience levels of highs and lows; leading to mood swings and a range of emotions.
It is supposed to be normal to experience these hormonal changes. However, for some of us with terrible PMS and other menstrual issues such as PCOD, endometriosis and so on – These mood swings can be harrowing on your mental health.
So, the natural remedies are there for hormonal imbalance in females include:
Exercising can be one of the best ways to solve a number of ailments caused by hormonal changes. It leads to the release of sweet, sweet endorphins, dopamine and serotonin. Feeling low? Exercising could definitely help! Whether it is walking, dancing, lifting some weights or even some yoga- any exercise would help.
Eating nutrient rich foods:
We know, periods are probably the one time where we crave a whole lot of junk. But try to get as much as whole foods in as possible. Better nutrition leads to a healthier system and better regulation of those problem causing hormones!
Foods you can eat include:
1) Fruits- Water rich foods help you stay hydrated and sweet fruits provide you with natural sugars to satisfy your cravings as against refined sugars.
2) Green, leafy vegetables- They help keep your iron levels in check that usually fall during your period.
3) Nuts- Nuts are usually rich in protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and other vitamins which help reduce severity of symptoms.
Try to relax and unwind:
Perhaps the most overlooked need is sleep. Getting in at least 7-8 hours can ensure a better mood, more energy levels and overall better health. It’s always hard resisting the next episode of our favourite Netflix show late at night but we could definitely give it a try for the benefit of our bodies.
Now that you know how to manage your hormones changes that are behind your emotions, it’s your turn to make the ride as smooth as possible!
To know more about hormonal imbalance, read blog on tips and tricks to overcome PMS.