This article has been researched and written by Arelang Naturals® in-house writers.
If we put a buck aside for when we feel like the world is crashing down on us or when we feel like screaming at anything that walks, we would all be millionaires, 100 times over.
That usually happens a week before aunt flow is about to visit. Your mood is playing roulette, and you don't know which you will be dealt with. Why is it that we can't control these period mood swings? Why do we even go through this? What is making us so angry or sad?
Let us see what causes these period mood swings.
To understand why you get mood swings during periods it is essential to understand what happens when you are about to menstruate. Your estrogen levels rise and fall during your menstrual cycle and go through phases. The follicular phase starts on the 1st day you start bleeding and releases a hormone called estradiol that will likely make you feel happy and energetic, and can reduce stress levels this phase lasts for up to two weeks, and women tend to feel good in this phase. That is a contrast to what we feel like in the second half of the month.
The ovulatory phase is the next and is when you feel like you want to get it on all day and all night long. That is thanks to the luteinizing hormone that helps release the egg from the ovary and interacts with other hormones to increase your libido. Strange that your libido is at its highest when you are the most fertile. Nature and its thing.
The luteal phase is the phase after ovulation where the empty follicle that once held the egg now produces progesterone. This hormone helps thicken the uterus lining to prepare it for possible implantation. That is also the hormone that wreaks havoc and makes you moodier. Progesterone boost cortisol in the body, which is a stress hormone. High cortisol levels are a precursor to excess stress, anxiety, anger, aggression, and depression.
Too much progesterone is the biggest link between periods and mood swings and is the cause of most monthly traumas. While excess progesterone is a problem and needs you to see a gynaec. However, you can deal with regular monthly spikes in the hormone yourself.
As we always say, most changes in the body's hormones can be fixed with healthy nutrition and a good lifestyle. Eating a poor diet, a lack of sleep and a lack of exercise are all precursors to hormonal imbalance and, therefore, mood swings. Here are a few things you need to do to ensure your monthly cycles go by like a breeze and you can be the happy chirpy birdy you are to be.
- Add healthy estrogen-boosting foods to your daily diet. Balancing your estrogen levels is essential because this hormone promotes reproductive and sexual health, and regulates the menstrual cycle and its many phases. Phytoestrogenic foods like Shatavari, black cohosh, flax seeds, soybeans, berries, garlic, and more help balance estrogen levels in the body. It can be hard to keep track of what to eat when, but there are always natural plant-based supplements like Rekindle For Women by Caim By Arelang that give you the correct quantity and quality of natural plant-based phytoestrogens in the form of a delectable dark chocolate bar that also help with period mood swings.
- Add adaptogens to your diet. Adaptogenic foods are foods that help cope with stress and calm your mind and body down. Progesterone that causes a spike in cortisol is directly linked to stress and period mood swings. It is important to give your body the right kind of nutrition that can balance the rise in cortisol levels by relaxing your mind and body down. Foods like Ashwagandha, black cohosh, ginseng, tulsi, and certain mushrooms are known to be natural plant-based mood boosters. If you do not find these individually, there are always plant-based natural supplements like Rekindle For Women by Caim By Arelang that help not only balance your estrogen levels but also help with period mood swings.
- Get in a restful night's sleep. Sleeping well is almost as important as a healthy diet. If you don’t sleep well, you don’t only way up feeling groggy, your body also goes through other issues. Not sleeping well can severely damage your body’s functioning and mood. It is important, especially before your period hits, to get in those 8 hours of sleep. Eating the right foods can help you sleep better. Foods like walnuts and jaiphal help boost natural melatonin production in the body, calm your body and mind down and help you get a restful nights sleep. You can also try natural plant-based supplements like Restore Your Sleep, these dark chocolate bites made with walnuts and St. John's Wort, that help calm you down and sleep.
- Exercise. Working out can never be overrated. Getting in atleast a 30 min walk or even a dip in the pool is good to rejuvenate your mind and. body.
While how your hormones react is not in your hands, helping balance them is in yours. Say bye to period-related mood swings and adapt to a healthier lifestyle.