Let’s talk hormones 〰️✨
The menstrual cycle begins with the first day of the period and ends when the next period begins. For women, the leading hormones driving a healthy cycle are estrogen & progesterone. There are others as well, such as testosterone! 💪
Predominantly, estrogen drives the first part of our cycle and rises once the period ends up through ovulation time, which happens on about day 14. This is an important hormone in this part of the cycle— the first half AKA the follicular phase. This is when our body prepares & releases an egg that is ready to be fertilized, if conditions are right! (Again, this happens on about day 14) estrogen helps all of this run smoothly in the preparation of releasing an egg. FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) & LH (luteinizing hormone) also play a role to help ovulation along.
Once we pass ovulation, estrogen drops and we need progesterone to kick in! It helps build up your uterine lining to begin to nourish a potential fertilized egg. The second part of the cycle is called the luteal phase. 🌙
Now, estrogen does spike again during this phase, but progesterone really is the main player here. If there is no fertilized egg to nourish, progesterone drops and signals for menses to begin 〰️✨
Foods to support estrogen (first half of cycle!): flax, broccoli, sesame, cruciferous veggies & dried fruit
Foods to support progesterone (second half of cycle!): spinach, broccoli (again!), cauliflower, whole grain, beans
Love cupping is like normal cupping in that it has all of the benefits of regular cupping, with a heart-shaped twist.
So, what is food therapy?
In Chinese medicine, food has been used for thousands of years as a way to heal the body. All foods have different properties, such as warming, cooling, bitter, pungent, sour, spicy, etc. You can use these properties to your advantage based on your own individual constitution and the time of year! For example, everyone should incorporate these foods into their diets this summer because they help cool the body: