It’s that time of year again where our bodies are feeling the burnout and our hormones are taking strain and the solution to ease this biohack.
Understanding the way your body works is so incredibly empowering. It allows us to balance our body & mind, and stops us from fighting the inevitable ebbs and flows of hormonal changes, turning your entire menstrual cycle into a source of power, rather than suffering.
So, what exactly is Biohacking?
Biohacking is the practice of using diet, lifestyle, exercise, and targeted supplementation to enhance your hormone health and bring your body and mind into a state of optimum wellbeing.
We hope these Biohacking tips give you the confidence to take care of your body in a way that compliments your hormonal changes throughout your cycle. Happy hacking!
1. Switch up your menu.
Our diet allows us to optimize each phase of our cycle, and allows us to target potential symptoms with key nutrients.
Menstrual phase: nutrient dense, anti-inflammatory foods such as dark green veggies and red meat for replenishment and support.
Follicular phase: normal balanced and nourishing diet for this easy phase!
Luteal phase: liver-loving foods such as asparagus, grapefruit and berries for detoxification support.
Premenstrual phase: magnesium-rich foods such as nuts, seeds and bananas to help with PMS.
Think of it like this: as your hormones change, so should your menu!
2. Sync your self-care to your cycle.
Throughout our menstrual cycles, we naturally go through phases of high energy, and slower, more introverted times. Be mindful of how you spend your time, learn to say no to things that rob you of your joy and energy. Restructure your schedule to minimize stress and surround yourself with a community that brings love, laughter, and inspiration to you.
3. Stay away from toxins.
A simple switch you can make that will have a huge impact on your hormone health. Stay away from harsh endocrine disruptors that are causing havoc on your body, from your face wash, to shampoo, to body lotion – make the switch to clean beauty.
4. Ditch the sugar.
Eating large amounts of processed sugar can lead to insulin resistance, resulting in an overproduction of testosterone which results in irregular periods and hormonal acne!
We repeat: DITCH THE SUGAR.
5. Manage stress, YOUR way.
The key then to managing stress is learning how to change your relationship with stress. Make a promise to yourself that no matter how big or small, you’ll include at least one stress management practice into your daily routine. This can include prayer, meditation, journaling, yoga, walking in nature, or just grounding yourself by being barefoot.
6. Up your Adaptogenic herbs.
The growing demands and stressors of daily life put pressure on our adrenal glands, where our body then tends to prioritise the production of cortisol. Adaptogenic herbs such as Ashwagandha root is designed to enhance the body’s resilience to everyday stressors.
Optimizing your wellbeing, and taking back control of your womanhood doesn’t have to be overly complicated. All it takes is one choice, a little patience, and a lot of intuition. The result? A beautifully empowered and balanced body, mind, and soul.