4 Ways Husbands Can Help Wives Conquer Monthly Flow Woes
By Guest, guest blogger; edited by Claire Krawsczyn
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Editor's Note: This is a special guest blog post from Dr. Gretchen Dyer, a functional medicine practitioner with the Living Proof Institute. Visit Living Proof Institute to find out how you can start restoring your health today!

Every man knows when a woman’s cycle is getting ready to start over…however wouldn’t it be nice to understand what she is going through and to help support your significant other during this time? Better yet…wouldn’t it be nice to help her achieve balanced hormones so then the suffering for both of you can end?

Each month as the cycle begins over, a woman may experience more tension or anxiety, a slight drop in her mood, tendency to withdrawal, you might even notice some weird cravings.

She is more tired, as she had been having trouble falling asleep. Not even to mention all of the physical signs/symptoms she is going through: joint/muscle pain, headaches, fatigue, abdominal bloating, acne and weight gain.

Now would you be happy if this was happening to you monthly? The good news is there is something that can be done about it!

So, lets begin by understanding what is happening and how you can help.

Many women experience estrogen dominance, this is when your estrogen and progesterone are imbalanced…leaning towards less progesterone and more estrogen. Normally, these two hormones should be in rhythm. When a woman experiences estrogen dominance, she may have the following symptoms:

  • Water retention
  • Breast tenderness
  • Painful periods, perhaps endometriosis
  • Mood swings, irritability
  • Anxiety/depression
  • She may feel foggy, sleepless, and weepy
  • More headaches and
  • Interferes with learning and paying attention

So…basically she just feels like crap. So how can you help to support your loved one during this time, maybe even help her to balance her hormones, so the suffering can end?

  1. Help to motivate her to exercise: We know exercise helps us to look and feel good but it also helps to decrease estrogen levels.
  2. Help her to avoid xenoestrogens. These are fake estrogens, that disrupt the endocrine system. Examples are phthalates and BPA. These are in canned food and plastic food containers to name a few.
  3. Increase daily fiber intake: help to make dinner, focusing on ample high quality vegetables, for example: broccoli, kale, Brussel sprouts and cauliflower. These vegetables will help to detoxify excess estrogens and the xenoestrogens.
  4. Go to sleep by 10pm: we know sleep is necessary for our body to heal and repair. Making sure we get adequate sleep will allow optimal production of melatonin, a hormone that lowers estradiol.

There are many other things that can be done to help to balance her hormones, this is just the beginning. It would be important for you to encourage your significant other to get her hormones checked so she can see where her levels are at and have a specific treatment plan created specifically for her.

Be sure to look for my next post where I will be discussing progesterone and its effects.

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