By Donna Gates, as seen on:
Like the moon, a woman’s hormones move through peaks and valleys. Besides triggering the release of your uterine lining, these hormones also work in partnership with your immune system. As you menstruate, your entire body enters into a period of cleansing.
In order to manage signs of cleansing, at a very young age women begin taking painkillers for cramps. Oral contraceptives for acne and breast tenderness. Antidepressants for moodiness. And over-the-counter laxatives for bloating.
When we do this, we miss the opportunity to cleanse.
Fortunately, women have been honoring their menstrual cycle for centuries. It is only recently that we have relied on medication to take away the signs that our body is cleansing.
In traditional cultures, menstruation was a sacred time of self-reflection. Women are able to use their menstrual cycle to cleanse toxic, heavy emotions.
Toxic, heavy emotions block energy centers in the body and the acupuncture energy lines, which are also called meridians. When energy stops moving through these pathways or when it gets distorted—the physical body suffers.
The moodiness that is associated with PMS is really your body’s way of bringing your attention to the love that you give yourself.
Are you listening your needs?
Are you living authentically and expressing your highest purpose?
During the 3rd and 4th weeks of your menstrual cycle, use this time to reflect on outmoded ways of thinking and patterns in your life that do not serve you.
This is also a good time to make adjustments in your diet. Reduce foods that contain dairy, salt, and excessive sugar. Instead, focus on eating warm and alkalizing foods. Better yet, consider making long-term changes in your diet if you regularly struggle with disorders that affect your reproductive system or your immune system.
By simply adding coconut water kefir to your diet, you can encourage the production of good bacteria in the digestive tract. These good bacteria produce vitamin K, which can help to relieve menstrual cramps.
Our planet has gone through rapid changes over the last 100 years. Chemicals in our environment—like plastics, pesticides, car exhaust, and even our food—can shift the balance of reproductive hormones in the body.
While we blame cramps, acne, moodiness, and bloating on our menstrual cycle, the reality is that hormones alone are not responsible. The reality is that we manifest an intricate web of systems, circumstance and perspective.
It is crucial that we approach the body with gentleness and compassion.
Once we commit to honoring our moon cycle, we commit to honoring ourselves. From this commitment, positive change flows effortlessly. The pieces fall into place. The Uni-verse offers Its support.
What about you? I would love to hear what works for you! How do you honor your body?