Fruits and vegetables replenish the body after losing a lot of blood. Dark chocolate increases serotonin levels in the brain. Due to changes in hormones during menstruation, serotonin levels can drop and make some women feel depressed. A good quality chocolate bar with a high percentage of dark chocolate (at least 75 percent or higher) can counteract the depression.”
3) “Face what is eating at you. As a coach, I ask women what are they running from. Are they fearful? Anxious? Feeling like they are living a lie? Finding a health coach who can work with women holistically can help them to face their problems and eventually make their periods less of a problem.”
Dr. Laura Koniver, an “intuitive physician,” wrote a menstrual health e-book (link is below) and suggested that women journal during their periods and then read their thoughts when they’re feeling balanced again.
She also suggested that women connect with the environment through “earthing.” This can involve just laying on the grass for about 15 minutes and feeling like you are one with the Earth, and letting your emotions release into the environment.
Getting enough sunshine is also important, as well as sometimes taking natural supplements like 5-HTP, tryptophan, vitex or chasteberry, and theanine. They can all support your mental health during menstruation, but she suggests trying one at a time and consulting a doctor if you’re taking other medication.
Vitti, Alisa. Email interview. March 28, 2012.
Jardim, Nicole. Email interview. March 28, 2012.
Black, Halona. Email interview. March 27, 2012.
Koniver, Laura. Email interview. March 27, 2012.
http://heartsongfineart.bigcartel.com/product/cycles-of-empowerment-menstruation-ecourse/ (menstrual health e-book)
Reviewed March 29, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith