The Four Phases of your Menstrual Cycle!

Period health is an important topic for women to be aware of, especially given that a woman’s menstrual cycle can have a major impact on her overall physical and mental health. To ensure optimal health throughout your period, it's important to understand the connection between your body and mind throughout this natural process.

A woman's menstrual cycle is typically divided into four distinct phases: menstruation, follicular phase, ovulation and luteal phase. During the first phase of menstruation, hormone levels such as estrogen and progesterone are at their lowest, resulting in the shedding of the endometrium which leads to vaginal bleeding. During this time, it's beneficial to practice self-care activities such as going for walks in nature or engaging in mindful meditation in order to stay relaxed. Eating balanced meals with plenty of fiber and avoiding processed foods can also help reduce bloating and cramping during this time.

The second phase of your cycle is the follicular phase which begins after your period ends. This is when hormone levels start increasing, leading up to ovulation which occurs approximately 14 days later if you have a regular cycle. During this time it’s important to pay close attention to any changes in mood or energy levels that may indicate an imbalance or an unhealthy response to increased estrogen levels. Exercise can be extremely helpful during this period as it has been found that regular physical activity helps improve cognitive performance and energy levels while reducing stress hormones in the brain. Additionally eating nutrient-dense foods such as whole grains, fruits, nuts, seeds and legumes can help provide essential vitamins and minerals needed during this time while fighting off cravings for sugary snacks or processed foods.

The third phase is ovulation which usually happens on day 14 of your cycle if you have a regular one (though this may vary). During this time estrogen reaches its peak which triggers an increase in luteinizing hormone (LH) which causes an egg cell to be released from one of your ovaries into the fallopian tube where fertilization takes place if sperm is present. As LH surges during this time many women experience changes in mood including heightened libido or aggression due to increased testosterone production from the ovary at this time. It’s important not to let these feelings get out of control by practicing self-care activities such as yoga or mindfulness meditation which can help regulate emotions more effectively during ovulation.

Lastly we come to the final phase: The luteal phase which begins after ovulation ends and marks the beginning of your premenstrual syndrome (PMS). During this time progesterone increases significantly causing symptoms like mood swings, irritability and food cravings due to changes in serotonin receptors caused by fluctuating hormone levels within the brain . To reduce these symptoms you should try exercising regularly and limiting refined carbohydrates as they will cause blood sugar spikes leading to extreme highs then lows in energy throughout each day thus exacerbating PMS related symptoms like fatigue and depression . Additionally drinking herbal tea like chamomile tea can also help reduce anxiety during PMS by calming an overactive nervous system while providing essential antioxidants needed for optimal bodily functioning .

Understanding how hormones affect us throughout our menstrual cycles is key towards achieving optimal health- emotionally , physically , mentally -and being able to manage our responses more effectively when cravings arise or mood fluctuations occur . Ultimately period health comes down know what works best for you personally so that you can create a routine specifically tailored for yourself that will keep you healthy all month long!

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