Fluctuations of Female & the Bleeding Time
Women, female, woman, girl, lady, she. We are strong, flexible, and looked to for healing, teaching and nurturing. All of these amazing aspects of female. The Peaceful Warriors of living this green and good life on Earth. Monthly, we are broken down to be curled up on the floor, or our beds as we endure a cyclical journey of physical pain. As the wrenching and clenching of our uteruses ensues. In addition to emotional distress of depression, anxiety, fear and anger. This only seems to come from forces that seem to be withheld from the grasps of our conscious minds.
We struggle, and we accept this struggle as something that is the normal. When we look to the Medical Profession, mostly, we are tarnished with being told that what we are feeling isn’t real. PMS doesn’t really exist. There is no pill to be taken. Then, if we are looking for pain relief, we are questioned to be addicted. What sort of support is this?
Does It Have To Be Normal…
As an Herbalist, I have chosen not to accept this as normal, nor something to just bear and deal with. I see our bodies as perfect. What isn’t perfect is what we are expected to deal with. This perfection does not include heavy work load, life load, that leads to chronic stress. We are told to rely on our resiliency. To just deal with this normal. What also doesn’t agree with my holistic mind is what we are exposed to as modern humans that isn’t natural. The air that we breathe, the water that is available to us, and the food that we eat.
There are chemicals in our water. Our food is laden with altering scientific techniques. So much to where it is no longer recognizable on a structural level as nature. Pesticides have become a constituent of our soil, that leeches into the drinking water. We have pharmaceuticals with novels of side effects. The lists could go on an on to be its own writing. Who is telling us that these components of modern life are something that our natural bodies should be able to deal with? And why is it not our choice?
Back To Nature
What about going back to nature and what is natural? Why not support our systems because of all this exposure instead of fighting the symptoms of the outcome? What if it was that simple? After experimenting on my own cycles over the past decade. I have finally come to realize that it is indeed this simple. It is as simple as going back to what is nature, as we are nature.
I have found my body to be balancing itself instead of going deeper into the realm of chemicals. I turned away from Western Medicine Techniques over a decade ago. Now I sit in my early thirties feeling younger than I did when I started. My skin is healthy, my joints no longer plague me with daily pain, and my period and cycle have reached a new level of balance.
Normal Shouldn’t Mean a Thing
Ayurveda inspired this intense train of thought a couple of years ago. I had mostly accepted that the cramping I was experiencing monthly was normal. That level of pain would put me into the fetal position for days was acceptable. It was just my body’s way of shedding, I thought.
My Uterus was just doing its thing, contracting and pulsing as some what of a practice. The sadness, and anxiety I felt could be helped, and eased, but mostly I was just having to accept that it was a part of my physiology. Then I read that this ancient healing modality of Ayurvedic practice. This realm of natural healing didn’t believe or accept that as a normal aspect of the female chemical makeup. We should be able to process these hormones efficiently enough for them to not AFFECT our day to day existences.
We should be able to shed the nutrient dense layer of blood from our Uteruses without experiencing minor contractions. As well as relieving and experiencing sometimes traumatizing sized of clots. This was NOT accepted as normal in the practice of Ayurveda.
A Decade Long Light Bulb
The Light bulb went off in my brain: hormones, and processing them. Connecting our liver as being the detoxification lobe that it is. How incredibly stressed out that magnificent organ is because of the modern ways of our world. Was this the key I had missed?
After diving into some research, I realized… The liver was the link. This is the click and shift into place that I had been looking over. Ignoring it, because of my acceptance of what was, will be, and what we all struggle with. Our modern NORMAL. Truly. It didn’t have to be. So, I dove deeper into my lifestyle, research, and committed to finding the balance.
As of today, I have had six full cycles that have comethrough with out one single announcement of their being. My mood has stayed level, and controllable.
Food cravings, and exhaustion have slowed down to be tolerable. More in line with a usual feeling of tired that comes with the end of a work week. Not only these being eased, I am more thrilled to say that I have not found myself in the usual position of drop, tuck, and hold onto my knees for dear life. Sweating from pain and this being the only way to lay down to soothe Pre-Menstrual Cramping.
Getting Into The Work
The protocol I am going to lay out before you are one that includes food, exercise and herbs. I highly recommend following these guidelines to be successful in this practice. As I have been working with a real food diet, herbal remedies, spiritual and physical practices for many years. This has finally come to fruition after more honeing in on this lifestyle. My email is [email protected] and please feel free to get in touch with me. I am happy to answer questions, and have dialogue about this regimen.
Also, I can consult more in-depth on the phone, or via Skype. And am available to make house calls through Wyoming, Eastern Idaho, South Western Montana. And on a semi-regular basis to the North West Territory of Washington, and Oregon.
It Stops Here…
The goal of this regimen is to balance hormonal fluctuations of the monthly cycle of women in their child bearing years. Normal has become something that is not supposed to be. Hormones are usually where any therapist will focus on alleviating symptoms. BUT I truly believe that processing these hormones is the most important part.
Sorting out that my Estrogen dominant physiology (generally this is where women are), to say hey, I should help the Progesterone side of my chemistry. But when the hormones went out of balance on the other end, all I felt was depression and insomnia. I also experienced worse cramps and incredibly heavy cycles. This didn’t fix the problem, racking my brain for years over this, and now the light has happened. The PROCESSING of the hormones is the most important part!
When I realized this connection, it felt so obvious, why hadn’t I gone over this before. I have always worked with Digestive Bitters. Focusing on strengthening the liver so that these chemicals could be eliminated appropriately. Then why hadn’t the connection of the PMS struggle come to me yet? Oh well! Time sure does tell.
Shifting Made Easy…
The beginning is the worst part. I am going to suggest a lifestyle, and rhythm shift in your day to day habits. Some of these have been ingrained into your flow of days, even the hours to the minutes for decades and centuries. It will not be easy, as change never is, but I am willing to assure you that the shift will be worth it.
Dedication is key, there is no going about this if half way, full commitment is the answer. I have tools that can help, like food journaling, even inspirational quotes for you to put up on your wall… I have quite a few at my door to remind my mind of the mindset that works better for me. Since you have started this journey, I know that you will do all that you can. I fully encourage you to reach out to me, as this shift in life happened years ago… I know the struggle is real, but support is where we can ease that discomfort!
The first place that usually needs a massive remodel is that of our refrigerators and pantries… removing old habits from these places where we would rush to for solace. This statement confused me at first – do you mean what is in the fridge and pantry? Or?? thousands of years ago a quote lives on, “Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food…” Hippocrates knew this before science could tell us the chemical makeup of our bodies.
Before all modernalities in farming, in technology, and medicine. Then it was simple, and simplicity is the best form of health. What we need to face head on is nature, that WE are nature, our bodies are nature, nature is here with us, and us with it. When the source of our fuel is getting to a place of not being natural, does it truly nourish our bodies? Is it that difficult for you to find real food?
How often do you find yourself in the drive through, or sitting at a bar eating a meal that slightly resembles something that might have been real at some point, but, now to find it is coated in grease, and breading, or something of the like? What about noticing how many times you get yourself so rundown from the work day, that you just shove whatever is most convenient into your mouth to ease the grumbling in your gut?
These, and more, are the questions to ask yourself if you are looking to truly re-balance your body. Mindful eating is a daily practice, really a thrice daily practice, that takes the question… Why am I eating this right now? What is driving me to eat this in this moment? As you begin to play the mindful eating game with yourself, you will begin to realize where certain compulsive eating modes come from and better know the mind that drives you every day.
The Mind of Your Microbime
Our cells, our tissues, and most importantly our brains,literally need to have vitamins, minerals, ions, electrolytes, fats, and proteins to survive. We are designed that way, we also need an abundance of water, and real bacterium to have our system functioning the way that it was meant to, which is thriving, healthy and growing old to feel younger! It truly can happen. And, how does that happen? How does a 35-year-old human know that they feel better than a 16-year-old human? It all comes right down to food. But by the time we are in our 30s, how many of these habits are ones that realistically can change?
We have somewhat trained our guts to deal with what we are feeding it, so much that modern science is making realizations that our microbiome in our guts are telling us what they want… ever heard of food cravings? Ones that you cannot seem to ignore for the life of you? Well, research is showing that our flora can indeed speak to us through our nervous system,and they are being shown to be different in an obese person versus someone who is of naturally normal weight.
How do we retrain our flora then? How do we retrain ourselves? Most people go right to the cleanse sectionat the health food stores. They want aquick clean out, something to reset their metabolism, and looking for thatreset in a magical pill, or drink, to get it done with and get it over. Though, that is something that is also flawed in our healthcare system. Instant gratification to fix me now!
Make it go away, but changing habits that got us to that pill in the first place? Forget about it. Resetting the palate takes time, effort, and discipline. Cleansing the habits can be done and with some effort and 30-90 days of a new existence in the refrigerator and our bodies follow suit.
Reset to Restore
Restrictive diets are a great way to reboot your system,they can be used as a cleanse, or to reset your palate, but they shouldn’t be adapted into your lifestyle, as they are very limiting, and that is not something I feel is sustainable. I have tried many of these reset diets, and some have become a part of my life, but I do not restrict myself regarding elimination, what I have stuck with is what is real food, eating mostly veggies, some meat and fruit, and the best part… delicious high-quality fats and oils! This is another subject that I could go on and on about regarding what truly is beneficial to our bodies and that is fat.
Our brain is comprised of 60% fat! The fear revolving fats started in the 60s, and we need to turn away from that thought, cholesterol is a good thing when insulin levels are in proper balance, it is what our body needs, plain and simple.
Trends and Real Lifestyles
Paleo, FODMAPs, SIBO, the Candida cleanse and the like are all great bases of what and how to eat and live. BUT when they become the cure all save all in your life, you begin to miss out on key components of nutrients. The biggest rule of thumb that I have found to work and regulate the intake of real food starts at the grocery store, and moves into your gardens, back yards, and sometimes, if you know where to look and what to look for, the forest floor.
This has led me to accept and get quite excited about the Keto Diet… it is incredibly difficult to start, because at first it is very limiting, and challenges rhythms that have been in place for decades, even centuries by our society regarding when to eat and what.
Maybe you should insert here why it is difficult to start. Only about 5% of people should not be on this diet. That is a VERY low percentage, and it is doubtful that any of you are on that scale, but there is always the chance. I know it is becoming a fad diet very quickly, and there is a lot of criticism surrounding it, admittedly I was one of those critics, but now that I understand it better, I may already be on that track with the foods that are regulars in my life.
Those of you who know me well, know that I love lard, tallow, and rendering fats is one of my favorite hobbies! It has been a part of my life since I was a kid,my grandmother always had a jar of bacon grease on the stove in our kitchen,and I have adopted it into my life as a daily. Fat is good, food is better when it is right, all of this starts at the grocery store.
When you are at the store, the perimeter is the place to shop. Stores are set up to have the perishable REAL food on the outside, then when venturing into the aisles, you find shelf stable products in boxes, with ingredient lists, and labels of claiming what they are and are not. This general defines what is not real food. If it must contain these labels, and lists of ingredients, and has been processed to become what it used to be in the garden, to be something that it is now, truly the food is not as real as it could be.
At some point it may have been, and I do not include things like pure nut butters, oils, like coconut oil, olive oi, and avocado oils, vinegars, and the like to be in this category of nonfood. As they are processed, but processed to be nourishing, and useful in our bodies.
When you go to the store. Stay out of the aisles. Work your way from produce, to the bulk section, to the meat counter. Graze through the coolers and be sure that cured meat doesn’t have a list of ingredients more than 3 or 5 deep, truly,bacon should not have more than pork, salt, and maybe some herbs for flavoring. I do poke into the aisles for Coffee, Nut Butter, Maple Syrup, and vinegar.
My frozen berries are organic as is my juice from concentrate which I consume in GREAT moderation. Everything else contains too many contents, or I can make it myself at home simply and quickly with a fraction of the contents that they say are ‘needed’.
Hemp Milk At Home
For instance, Hemp Milk, my great friend enlightened me that all it takes is Hemp Seeds, Water and if you choose, dates or Maple Sugar for a sweeter less bland taste. It lasts a week in the fridge and I make a quart jar at a time. There are 5-pound bags of Hemp Seed savailable for just over $20. Do the math and a quarter cup of Hemp Seeds per 2 cups of water at a time, your bill just got a lot cheaper and ingredient list at a fraction of what is listed on the boxed milks.
My point with this being that stick to the raw goodies and make them into deliciousness that you know what went into. Including your energy. The result is clean happy poop, a low grocery bill, and less junk for our livers to deal with. All in all, a good thing to add to your life.
Meats can be tricky too. If you are lucky enough to know a hunter, or to have one in your household, this meat is so incredibly valuable as the animals are always eating and existing in the way that they were meant to be. My family is lucky to have a couple of avid hunters in it, and I feel so incredibly blessed to have a regular source of game to fill my freezer and eat off. When I run out of that delicious game, my grocery bill does go up, because sourcing is important.
Grass-fed, and pasture raised meats are the ones to eat, as they are also living in the way that nature intended us all to live, off the land. Expensive yes, cheaper ways are to raise your own, and watch the glorious nourishing food be raised in your back yard. Realistically, not many of us have the luxury of choosing to live this lifestyle, and it truly is a lifestyle.
Next thing that comes with this protocol and shift in life is a small list of herbs. First, we have digestive bitters and tonics to the liver. These herbs are supportive to the liver processing hormones, as well as ones that stimulate secretions from the pancreas and gall bladder for more thorough digestion of the foods we eat.
We are exposed to so many chemicals and toxins from our environments, foods and drinking winter. This means our liver needs some extra support. There needs to be a joining sentence here or something. Other herbs to employ are ones that tonify the reproductive system of a female.
I have science behind some of them and spirits of the plants behind the rest. A nice blend of modern societal necessities,and ancient knowing’s of the soul. I love and appreciate both aspects of healing completely and go by both sides. Science has given us so very much, and they are realizing more and more every day, like a few months ago NASA confirming that yes, we are all made of stardust. SO, SHINE ON MY LADIES!!!
Bitters are first. We need them back in our lives. They come from our wild, and pungent plant allies and get our system moving in a way that it has not been moving since we invented the microwave. GREENS -arugula, kale, dandelion greens,yellow dock leaves, to a point plantain. ALL these amazing plants are ones that used to be the first sign of spring to our foraging ancestors.
They would finally have something stimulating, and alive after a long winter of storage food, and salted meat. Bears do it now. After they wake up, the first thing is to pass this incredible plug that has built up in their intestines,they grub for bugs and greens to enliven their digestive system! Once that plug is released, the predators are ready again. What a hint for us…?
Next in line are the tonics to the female reproductive system. These guys are magical, as they are the ones that have been used for centuries and have not activity regarding science recognizing a chemical reaction. This is incredible, I know that they work, as it is felt in my body when I have taken them and when I have not. These are ones just like the bitters to implement to a daily lifestyle regimen.
Every day I take a collection of tinctures, and teas. They are a part of my morning and evening ritual, the bring me balance, and what they have done for my body is life changing. I do not miss having emotional mood swings that would and did change the course of my entire day,nor do I miss that fetal position on the f look… best case scenario would be my bed, but that couldn’t always be accomplished.