A Menstrual Survival Guide: How Not To Be A Total Monster During That Time of The Month

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Contrary to everything we’re told about growing up girl, PMS is not actually an inevitable part of being female. PMS, or the lovely period before (and sometimes during) your period, is a symptom of hormonal imbalance, usually too much estrogen and too little progesterone. Because we live in an over estrogenic society with so many endocrine disruptors—think: BPA plastics, environmental toxins, chemical ridden cleaning and beauty products, herbicides, pesticides, processed foods, insane amounts of stress, etc.—it’s incredibly easy for our endocrine system to get thrown off balance. So while no, PMS isn’t a normal, natural part of being female (that’s good news, right?!), it is totally preventable.

In defense of not being a total monster during that time of the month, the key to preventing PMS is hormone balance.

Annoying PMS symptoms like relentless fatigue, horrible cramping, uncomfortable bloating, insane sugar cravings and even worse irritability, are usually caused by a dramatic dip in estrogen and progesterone right before your period. Although this drop *technically* shouldn’t cause problems (it’s a natural process during the luteal or pre-menstrual phase of a woman’s monthly cycle), if our system is already off balance (read: estrogen dominant), we, and everyone around us, feel the effect. Thus, in traditional spirited nutritionista fashion, our top tip to reduce symptoms and prevent PMS, is to address the root of the issue and balance your hormones.

To help you out, we highly recommend grabbing a copy of Woman Code by Alisa Vitti. It’s a great starting point and an incredible resource for any woman navigating the sometimes confusing journey of hormone balance. No one comes close to biohacking hormones like Alisa. She’s our forever go-to hormone queen.

Because balancing your hormones is a long and often sloooooow process, for immediate relief, check out A Menstrual Survival Guide: 9 Secrets You Need To Know For Surviving Your Period by Reanne Derkson, our partner in crime at Love Bomb Bootcamp and the OG little fool. Spoiler alert… it includes alchemy insights from yours truly.

What else do you want to know about hormone health? Be specific. Leave a comment below and we’ll write about it.

PS. If you’re thinking of getting off the pill and want to do so without your entire system going absolutely crazy, check out these 10 tips.

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