Have you ever noticed that Advil, Ibuprofen, or Aleve reduce your menstrual pain and cramps more than Tylenol? That’s because they’re anti-inflammatory medications, while Tylenol is not.
You’ve probably also heard that certain foods can be inflammatory. These tend to include fried and processed food, sugar, alcohol, as well as conventionally-raised meat and dairy. Inflammation translates to many unwanted symptoms, but from a women’s health perspective, we are talking about:
- Weight Gain
- Painful Periods
When inflammatory foods are consumed too often (or at all for some women), they can increase cortisol (a stress hormone), decrease thyroid hormones, contribute to weight gain, and disrupt the estrogen/progesterone balance.
When it comes to balancing hormones and reducing inflammation, focus on antioxidants and omega-3 rich foods. These include berries, colourful veggies, hemp and flax seeds, along with wild pacific salmon or rainbow trout.