Here’s a checklist of foods & toxins that are linked in some way or another to causing hormonal fluctuations or imbalances, which in turn cause many of the upsetting and often painful symptoms that go along with our menstrual cycle.
- Simple carbohydrates and sugar (especially highly refined, such as white sugar and high fructose corn syrup)
blood sugar spikes
- Conventional meat (especially chicken!) and fish
- Dairy products (milk, cheese, yoghurt, etc.)
- These often contain antibiotics and/or growth hormones that were fed to the animals to increase production and avoid illness - dairy products can create
- Coffee & other cafeinated beverages, as well as chocolate
A compund in coffee & chocolate enhances the sensation of pain in your brain! This means that, while it doesn't *cause* you pain per se, the pain sensations you might be experiencing already will be enhanced.
As I am sure you are well aware, alcohol alters your perception overall. Beyond that, it has a strong influence on your blood sugar level, which in turn influences your hormone levels (and remember, that high blood sugar is the #2 cause of hormonal imbalances!).
- Chemical compounds that act as xeno-estrogens
- This means, they mimick estrogen which messes with the estrogen production and uptake in your body!) & other toxic chemicals. Be especially aware of
- plastic containers (bottles, tupperware, etc.), which often contain BPA or BPS
- canned foods
The lining of cans is often manufactured using bisphenol-A or bisphenol-S, both of which are xeno-estrogens and harmful to your body.
- phtalates (called “fragrance” on many products)
- conventional tampons & pads
The link between toxic shock syndrome (TSS), a condition caused by bacterial infection, and tampon use has been known for quite some time. Recently, however, it became public knowledge and the cause for quite heated debates that conventional tampons and pads contain a number of harmful substances that can irritate and harm the uro-genital tract, causing infection and allergic reactions, among other things.
For more information on toxicity, I strongly recommen the beautiful resources put together for you by the UCLA Women’s Health Center, in collaboration with researchers from the University of California in San Francisco!