If you experience an increase in your PMS symptoms this month, you’re not alone!
We need to be protecting more than just our immune system around here!
During times of extra stress (**I’m lookin’ at you Rona**), it’s likely that you are producing an increase in stress hormone cortisol, which means our sex hormones and important events like ovulation can take a hit and throw periods out of whack.
This increase in cortisol also decreases sex hormone progesterone which can potentially bring on an earlier period, but also, when the hormonal ratio of estrogen is higher than progesterone it’s what causes those pesky PMS to show face…
Cue an increase in:
- Mood swings + irritability
- Intense cravings
- Disrupted sleep… the list goes on.
Does any of this sound familiar yet?
It is annoying, I hear you. But, it’s actually our body’s genius way of prioritising your survival, protecting you from the perceived current danger, deciding that it’s not a safe time to be ovulating or bringing a baby into the world and so it puts it all on pause.
This can be okay for a short period of time, your body is resilient and with the right support your PMS can subside within a few cycles. However, if you remain in a stressed state for a prolonged period of time, you may experience missing or irregular periods, infertility, no libido, mood disorders, thyroid dysfunction and weight challenges which are more challenging and take more time to heal.
Nevertheless, this blog isn’t to stress you out about not stressing out!
It’s because of the prevalence of stress during this pandemic that we at Moonbox want to support you and make sure your hormones stay as healthy as possible for the sake of your future periods, fertility and overall vitality.
So, how to support your body?
Before I dive into some of my FAVOURITE adaptogens and herbs that provide incredible support for your adrenal function and stress response, we must start by looking at the essential lifestyle foundations.
Why? Because you cannot out supplement poor lifestyle habits.
For example, no supplement is going to make up for not sleeping, over working, skipping meals or diets high in sugar and processed foods.
To really support your body, you need to be aiming for at least 7-8 hours of quality sleep, taking time for self-care, eating a nutrient dense wholefoods diet, making time for movement daily and even trying to commit to a practice such as meditation, earthing, breathwork, yoga, tapping etc. This may sound like a lot, but this is the time to upgrade your daily practices to reduce stress levels during this time of COVID-19 so that we can come out the other end strong and thriving.
Now onto my fave adaptogens…
Adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms support the body’s natural ability to deal with stress. They are called adaptogens because of their unique ability to “adapt” their function according to the specific needs of the body. So they may increase or decrease your stress and/or sex hormone levels depending on your individual physiology.
This mushroom isn’t just epic for immune support, but it’s well known for its beneficial effects on sleep and relaxation as well. It’s why Reishi Mushroom is a star ingredient in Luna’s Lover Elixir!
The root is incredible at helping your body adapt to stress, as well as promoting optimal estrogen levels, enhancing libido and energy. It’s a star ingredient in Luna’s Gold Elixir.
Ashwagandha is best known for its stress-lowering effects. The medicinal herb appears to help lower levels of cortisol, a hormone produced by your adrenal glands in response to Ashwagandha is best known for its stress-lowering effects. The medicinal herb appears to help lower levels of cortisol, a hormone produced by your adrenal glands in response to stress. Ashwagandha plays a major role supporting adrenals in Luna’s Matcha Elixir.
A mushroom traditionally used to enhance sex drive, energy levels and athetic stamina. I’ve recently started using and loving LifeCykel Mushroom Liquid extract, adding some to my Luna’s Elixirs to kick start my morning with an extra POW!
I hope this info provides extra support for your body through this challenging time!
To help take the stress out of your periods during this stressful time I am currently offering this amazing community 25% off the entire 12-Week Moonbox Program. This includes weekly nutritional and lifestyle support, an entire online community and monthly Moonbox products delivered to your door!