In December 2018, I published the first edition of my ebook, Infla-Menses: How Inflammation Can Cause Menstrual Problems And How To Resolve It. But why - with so many books on women's health already available?
We commonly think about the issues I cover - period pain, PMS, heavy flow, fatigue and endometriosis - from the perspective of optimising fertility, but here I discuss them from an antiaging and longevity angle. Life extensionists today often refer to aging as inflammaging, because inflammation is a major root cause; it is the same situation for many women with menstrual difficulties, hence the term "infla-menses". Yes, there is a connection between cramping now, and your risk of age-related disease later. (I thank my acquaintance, Ira Pastor, for helping me with the name.)
As I learnt from my own experience, what you do all month long does have an effect on your period and luteal phase, where PMS usually pops its unwelcome head up. Depending on your individual vulnerabilities, diet and lifestyle factors such as red meat, gluten or man-made chemicals in your home may be causing trouble. You may have to change to a pescatarian diet and stop drinking the Vodka Cruiser rainbow; you may have to overhaul your bathroom and gardening cupboards; or you may have to say goodbye to gluten and dairy.
Changing your diet and lifestyle isn't just about cutting things out, it's about what you substitute your personal set of offenders with. Finish the day with a turmeric latte instead of a beer; walk barefoot on the beach and eat the rainbow - now easier than ever to literally achieve with mermaid-themed coffee substitutes. Richly coloured fruits, vegetables, pulses and other plant foods are in; drab processed, charred and deep-fried foods are out.
Finally, if you were told that women must put up with menstrual problems since before you got your first period, remember this:
"Coming into womanhood is an open-ended story; it’s not about enduring things you don’t want such as health complaints...my first advice to you is to reject the idea that being a woman means restrictions, being pushed into certain roles and suffering. Just as you have a right to education, to provide for yourself and to make your own decisions, you have the right to optimal health."
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