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Treating Menstrual Cramps Naturally - Part 3

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The second part of my long-term strategy for treating menstrual cramps (and most menstrual irregularities) is to look at how fiber foods impact your hormonal balance.

Why is fiber important in the hormonal balance process? iber foods act as a natural broom for our digestive system and help us to eliminate waste products from our body. Once our estrogen and progesterone have been used by the reproductive system, they are processed by the liver and deposited in our bowels to be removed when we have a bowel movement. If we are not having daily bowel movements, then those hormones can and do get reabsorbed into the body and begin to recirculate and act on our ovaries, uterus and hypothalamus (in the brain). This throws off the ratio or balance that our body is trying to maintain, causing menstrual imbalance.

This is where the fiber comes into play. Eating high-fiber foods, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, beans, nuts and seeds allows the body to eliminate the estrogen and progesterone before it has time be reabsorbed. You can only get fiber from foods that come from plants. Foods that come from animals don’t contain any fiber.

The message I want to convey from this series on treating menstrual cramps naturally is there is a process to treat menstrual irregularities that will take time, but is completely worth the effort. What you eat and how you live can affect your menstrual cycles.

Live Vibrantly,

Dr. Dae

Dr. Dae's Web site: www.healthydaes.org
Dr. Dae's book: Daelicious! Recipes for Vibrant Living can be purchased at www.amazon.com or www.healthydaes.org

Dr. Dae's Bio:

Daemon "Dr. Dae" (pronounced Dr. Day) Jones is a naturopathic physician who completed her training at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is certified as a general practitioner by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE). Dr. Dae provides tailored treatment to meet the unique needs of every individual she sees in her practice.

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August 16, 2011 - 2:22pm

This article has confirmed my belief that a plant-based diet is really important for balancing hormones naturally!
Dr Dae makes a good point about animal-based foods not containing ANY of the necessary fibre to flush out hormones (and perform a range of other body functions, incl supporting digestion and immunity).
Will be looking for the other part of this article.

August 8, 2011 - 2:23pm
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