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Menstrual Cycles and Diet

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Created September 21, 2012 at 11:38 PM

I read this and was wondering if the science behind it was sound.

From days 10-16 of menstrual cycle blood PH decreases as estrogen increases, producing cramps and irritability. So eat more protein and fat to lessen symptoms. From days 18-24, blood PH rises as progesterone rises, producing PMS. Eating more carbs will reduce PH and lessen the symptoms.

I know PH only moves slightly. Obviously though, this would explain carb cravings during PMS. But if this is all true, how can one make it practical and useful, especially if you are trying to lose weight and keep unruly hormones on the right path? I mean real practical!

23d34842642ceb5996949f4a68afb585

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on December 03, 2012
at 12:21 AM

Hope you enjoy! :)

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on December 02, 2012
at 08:28 PM

+1 I will try your chocolate recipe. Sometimes I make coco oil, turmeric and small amount of honey for a little treat but adding cocoa sounds wonderful.

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on October 06, 2012
at 02:02 PM

You might consider supplementing calcium d-glucarate. It obliterated my PMS symptoms completely. Also, make sure you get enough magnesium which can be a reason why you're craving sweets.

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on September 22, 2012
at 12:13 AM

Hauser Diet. Interesting comment though. I'm not saying I bought the info hook line and sinker, I had bought their book some years back and was just looking it over recently. But maybe there are time through the cycle when you need to switch up the diet to include more carbs. I'm not really PMSing with carb cravings, but I do get nasty migraines and have heard that the blood vessels spasm in response to PH changes. They do seem to be hormonally linked.

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23d34842642ceb5996949f4a68afb585

on December 02, 2012
at 08:01 PM

Hey fellow cavegals (and their cave pals), for what it's worth my two best tips for surviving moon time are:

Home-made sugar-free paleo chocolate. Just a lifesaver.

I make mine from 5T coconut oil, (plus optionally a few chips/grams cacao butter to keep it harder for a bit longer as you eat it in summer temps), 10T raw cacao powder, 2T desiccated coconut, 2T chia seeds, 2T fresh ground linseed, 1/2-1t pure vanilla extract, and 1/2t stevia leaf powder plus some drops of liquid stevia to taste and about 1/2-1tsp each of any spices desired for flavour and general bonus benefits. I usually add ground dried org. orange peel, cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, turmeric, fenugreek, and a pinch of sea salt or kelp powder. Melt the fat parts over a low heat in small pyrex jug/pot on the stove, as soon as it's liquid, mix in the rest of the ingredients. Then pour or spoon into an ice cube tray and stick 'em in the freezer to set for about 20 mins. I pop mine out into a ziploc bag which I store in the freezer for best results and to keep that satisfying dull crunch of biting into solid chocolate. They also store fine in the fridge, or outside if you're in very cold climes/times of year.

The whole thing can be adjusted to suit your taste and mood and all ingredients and ratios are suggestions rather than rules. Delicious experimentation is encouraged (e.g. other spices, other fats, and other additions - eg a few smashed nuts or 1/2t of raw honey, a spoon of coconut cream, a splash of raw cream if tolerated, etc. let your nom-magination go wild).

According to my n=1, while "vitamin chocolate" can be beneficial to both males and females at all times (if the ingredients are all well tolerated), that time of the month seems to be when our female "vitamin chocolate" levels can drop drastically and we may be at risk of becoming grossly deficient. In some this can lead to unusual reactions to deeply moving songs, sad ads, annoying habits of loved ones, things left lying around by housemsates, difficult clustomer/clients, etc. ;)

Fennel juice for cramps and to balance hormones.

In a pinch I would go to the supermarket to get a florence fennel bulb, but wild fennel grows prolifically around me near railroads, on edges of parks and at quiet roadsides, so I usually go once a month to collect some thick juicy looking stalks and bring them home to run through the juicer. I freeze the juice in an ice cube tray and pop them out to store in a ziploc bag in the freezer until I need them. When cramps hit I make a smoothie or vege juice or similar and chuck in a couple of cubes. I guess you could just add them to a glass of water too, but that's way less fun. Anyway, 15-20 mins later, cramps are ebbing or gone. Repeat as necessary (maybe once, twice or three times a day) but I usually find one drink does me for the day. Two friends have also tried this and experienced the same near-immediate results. I know everyone is different and some gals have a really hard time each month but just thought I'd share the idea, in case it also works for some of you.

Long enough first post eva? I reckon so. Best wishes to all from down under.

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

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on December 02, 2012
at 08:28 PM

+1 I will try your chocolate recipe. Sometimes I make coco oil, turmeric and small amount of honey for a little treat but adding cocoa sounds wonderful.

23d34842642ceb5996949f4a68afb585

(380)

on December 03, 2012
at 12:21 AM

Hope you enjoy! :)

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on September 21, 2012
at 11:51 PM

"Blood pH is regulated to stay within the narrow range of 7.35 to 7.45, making it slightly alkaline.[8][9] Blood that has a pH below 7.35 is too acidic, whereas blood pH above 7.45 is too alkaline. Blood pH, partial pressure of oxygen (pO2), partial pressure of carbon dioxide (pCO2), and HCO3??? are carefully regulated by a number of homeostatic mechanisms, which exert their influence principally through the respiratory system and the urinary system in order to control the acid-base balance and respiration. An arterial blood gas will measure these. Plasma also circulates hormones transmitting their messages to various tissues. The list of normal reference ranges for various blood electrolytes is extensive."

Can you site a source for the whole blood PH part of your question? I don't think your info is accurate. To put another way...if it is blood PH driving your carb cravings you should be able to easily get rid of them by hyperventilating for about 20-30 seconds.

Bece741db5f5fed6bafa12e3548f973f

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on September 22, 2012
at 12:13 AM

Hauser Diet. Interesting comment though. I'm not saying I bought the info hook line and sinker, I had bought their book some years back and was just looking it over recently. But maybe there are time through the cycle when you need to switch up the diet to include more carbs. I'm not really PMSing with carb cravings, but I do get nasty migraines and have heard that the blood vessels spasm in response to PH changes. They do seem to be hormonally linked.

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on September 22, 2012
at 12:01 AM

I can't answer your blood questions, but I do know about craving sweets! I did a Whole30 a few months ago, and since sugar isn't part of that, I had to figure out what my body wanted---and I was simply hungry. I ate more meat, veggies, fat, fruit, nuts, etc.

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on September 21, 2012
at 11:51 PM

Gahh, I wish I knew the answer to this! I am pms-ing right now and all I can think about is sweets! Hopefully someone more knowledgeable can chime in. It does make sense though. I wish there was a way around it.

16e617676c5ac710e5235e0b773edc0b

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on October 06, 2012
at 02:02 PM

You might consider supplementing calcium d-glucarate. It obliterated my PMS symptoms completely. Also, make sure you get enough magnesium which can be a reason why you're craving sweets.

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