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Fertility and Menstrual Health

How the Pill Really Works: Hormonal Birth Control, Your Cycle & Your Body

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An Interview with Holly Grigg-Spall

Madeline interviews Holly Grigg-Spall, the author of the bestselling book Sweetening the Pill: Or How We Got Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control.

In this interview, you’ll get the up-to-the-minute truth on the ranging effects of hormonal birth control and how properly educating yourself about your female body (and your menstrual cycle) is the best thing you can do before you decide how to address any of your health symptoms. Read More

The Symptoms & Causes Of Low Progesterone

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Low Levels of Progesterone

 

If you struggle with low levels of progesterone, you may experience some of the following symptoms:

 

  • Skin issues
  • Mood swings
  • PMS
  • Heavy periods
  • Irregular periods
  • Fibroids
  • Brain Fog
  • Miscarriages

And more…

 

Your body naturally wants to keep your hormones balanced, so how could progesterone levels deplete in the first place?

 

It’s important to find the cause of your low levels of progesterone. Once you address the root cause, it’s much more simple to find a course of treatment that’s right for you.

 

Read on to learn about the hormone and how your levels can become depleted. Read More

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What I Eat During My Period

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What Should You Eat On Your Period?

 

Our modern world ensures that every woman out there is aware of the thousands of different diets you could utilize to reach your health goals. However, not many diets take a woman’s menstrual cycle into account. In fact, as we go through our menstrual cycle our nutrient requirements and calorie needs shift quite a bit. In this way, you can use nutrition to care for your body and optimize your hormones to increase fertility, reduce PMS, lose stubborn weight and more! This is the definition of my Eating For Your Cycle method.

 

Have you ever noticed that you crave chocolate on your period? There’s a reason why: your body is letting you know it requires more magnesium. In addition, it’s normal to crave more sugar before your period starts. In fact, our hormones naturally make us more insulin resistant. This means it’s easier to throw off your blood sugar, which makes you ‘hangry’ and crave all the sweets!

 


When you Eat For Your Cycle, you modify your nutrition for the 4 phases of the menstrual cycle to have a positive impact on your health and hormone balance.

It’s easy to prevent or remedy the instances mentioned above with knowledge of proper nutrition for the female body.


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Get Rid Of Your PMS Symptoms Naturally

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In the past, I experienced really bad PMS symptoms.

It all started when I was in my teens; I used to get a headache right before my period started. After a while, I began to experience an intense negative shift in my mood. I got irritable; I almost felt like a different person for the last half of my cycle.

Finally, my breasts became really sore right after ovulation. It seemed that this was the norm for a lot of my friends as well.

When I started to learn more about hormone health I realized that PMS symptoms are common but they aren’t normal. Most symptoms are signs of hormone imbalance. This knowledge inspired me to take action to eliminate my PMS.

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Eating For Your Cycle

Eating For Your Cycle In A Nutshell

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The signature method I use to address women’s hormone imbalance is a combination of functional nutrition, lifestyle and stress management, and herbal recommendations.

 

Eating For Your Cycle is a term I coined to describe the synthesis of these three core elements when applied to treat women during their menstrual years.

 

So what exactly is Eating For Your Cycle?

 

Eating For Your Cycle (or E4YC) is a functional nutrition approach to hormonal healing. It’s not a generic (or one size fits all) nutrition plan.

The method is based on the 4 phases of your cycle: Menstrual, Follicular, Ovulatory and Luteal. During these phases our brain chemistry, libido, energy, moods and hormone levels all fluctuate. We require different nutrients in each phase to keep our hormones in balance and fertility optimized.

 

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Are Your Mood Swings Getting The Better Of Your Relationship?

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Are your hormones sabotaging your relationship?

 

So many women and men are needlessly suffering in their relationships because of fluctuating hormones causing mood swings.

Sometimes your patience wears thin for no reason. You blow up over something that typically wouldn’t ruffle you at all. Now you’re fighting with your partner and you are feeling super irritable, which makes you want to push all of his buttons like a kid in an elevator… just because you can.

After the smoke clears, you think back with regret and confusion; what’s with the strong reaction? Why did I want to lash out? You feel bad… what you said during your argument just isn’t reflective of the true you.

You realize that when you’re PMSing internal negative self talk about yourself or your partner increases. Is this normal? Does it have to be like this each and every month?


It’s not me, it’s my hormones.

 

Of course it’s important to take accountability for our own actions. However, we can understand the hormonal origins of our moods and learn ways to return to balance. This reduces feelings of guilt and empowers us to take action to fix it. Read More

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How To Rock Your Menstrual Super Powers

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Your menstrual cycle gives you super powers!

 

When you learn to work with the phases of your cycle, you’ll get more done, deepen your relationship with your body and balance your hormones.

Let me explain…

 

Everything in the universe goes through cycles.

The earth gets close to the sun then farther away, creating the four seasons. A fruit tree flowers, then fruits, bears its seed, and flowers again.  The moon waxes, becomes full, then wanes into darkness.

As women, this cyclical ebb and flow happens each month in the form of the menstrual cycle. It’s our personal fertility cycle where we have the power to create new life each month. The menstrual cycle is fueled by the creative energy of life, the same energy that dictates all of the other cycles in the universe. Read More

Decode Your Period, Balance Your Hormones & Get A Normal Menstrual Cycle

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You period is a sign of your overall health.

 

Do you wish you had a monthly report card that could tell you what you need to know about your body? You have it already, and it’s your period!

In fact, within the Chinese Medical school of thought (TCM) there exists the notion of the perfect period.

You can read this blog post to learn more about what a normal menstrual cycle looks like. Read More