This is the second part of these special health tips for women.
The Menstrual Cycle (or ‘Moon Cycle’, as they call it in many cultures) is a time of cleansing, clearing, and quiet. Our culture does not give women the space to really nurture and take proper care of themselves during this time, so women have forgotten the sanctity of this time. It is not always realistic to drop everything… calling in sick to work and shirk our household duties and commitments, but it may be possible to be aware of and to schedule some less ‘busy’ time when you know your cycle is due.
Here are some suggestions of foods and activities that can support a healthy menstrual cycle:
- On the first day of your cycle, saute a handful of almonds in ghee (clarified butter) and honey until the almonds are crispy – then eat when cooled.
- Decrease your intake of white, refined sugar. Sugar strips your body of minerals and Vitamins B and C
- Take Calcium with Magnesium and Vitamin E
- Give your body a break from heavy lifting, heavy work and exercise. Our ligaments are more vulnerable to injury during this time.
- Drink Ginger tea. 4-5 slices of fresh ginger boiled in 3 cups of water. Add cardamom, for taste, if you like, while boiling. Add honey, when finished. Good for lower back pain, associated with menstruation and for general fatigue
My Challenge to you:Pick 2 of the above items and try them for 4 cycles in a row. Taking the time and being conscious of how you feel, will make a big difference in your menstrual cycle. This can be a time of reflection and quiet, if you can make a small window of space for yourself during these few days. It will set the tone for the rest of your month. You can begin to think of your cycle as a ‘re-start’!