Depending on which day of our cycle we are, the hormones will make us go through different states, they will control our mood and even our appetite.
Are you usually in a bad mood before your period comes? Do you sometimes really want to eat sweet and don’t know why? Everything has an explanation, and in this case the response to the mood during menstruation is in the hormones. Although not all women are in the same way and there are those who do not have imbalances, in this article we will talk about how hormones can affect mood during menstruation.
The start of the rule
Since menstruation begins with a drop in estrogen, in the first days of menstruation, women feel tired and often weak. These days it is best to wear comfortable clothes that make us feel comfortable. In addition, as our iron levels will drop, the ideal is to consume foods rich in this nutrient.
The menstrual cycle is usually about 28 days, but it is considered normal to last between 21 and 35. It begins with the first day of menstruation and ends the day before the next menstrual period.
Iron rich foods
There are many foods in which we can find this mineral, here are some examples, as indicated in this study by the University of Buenos Aires. Remember that its absence can cause anemia, so it is important that you consume it and, if you think you may be with low levels, go to the doctor.
- Nuts like peanuts and pistachios
- Shell shellfish(clams, mussels…)
- Spinach, chard, watercress…
- Chicken egg yolk.
- Legumes: especially lentils.
Spirulina is a tropical microalga used to compensate for nutritional deficiencies. It has a very high protein content: 50% to 70%, more than meat and soy. Its important content of B vitamins, iron and chlorophyll make this seaweed an excellent remedy against anemia.
Half of menstruation
About halfway through menstruation, your body will most likely ask for serotonin, the neurotransmitter that gives us well-being and joy. According to a work published at the University of La Laguna, when serotonin levels decrease, a depressive effect occurs that can cause women to need to consume foods rich in sugar, so on those days your body probably needs to eat something sweet like chocolates.
To calm this state of mind during menstruation you can eat a piece of dark chocolate with a percentage of cocoa greater than 80%, which is natural and does not have added sugars.
The mood during menstruation: end of the period
When the period is about to end, we will feel much better, because the estrogens return to their normal level, as maintained in this study from the National University of San Luis(Argentina). Towards the middle of the cycle you will notice that your body has already deflated and you will surely be happy and with vitality. It is a time where the ideal is to relax and de-stress. In addition, it is ideal to start a diet since thanks to the absence of anxiety, hunger also decreases.
For this reason, you will have a lot of energy, since the estrogens and serotonin in your body will be at the highest levels, so it is recommended to do a lot of exercise during these days. However, let us remember that this must be done on a regular basis.
After menstruation: ovulation
After the period, the ovulation phase begins, ideal for those women who are looking to become pregnant. Also, surely in this phase you will feel more beautiful than ever. After ovulation comes the luteal phase, in which the estrogens drop again and you begin to feel more down and sadder. At the same time, some pimples begin to appear, because your skin fat increases.
Due to increased progesterone levels, you are more sleepy than normal. A week before your period, you start to swell and your body’s glucose levels drop. You feel more irritable and sensitive, the period has come again.