How to avoid hormonal mood swings _ well+good

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Here, women’s hormone expert Alisa Vitti (AKA “the hormone whisperer”) has some seriously good news: You don’t have to suffer through whiplash-inducing mood changes every month.

Wrong—surprise! There’s nothing typical about feeling terrible once a month, every month, for the entire duration of your reproductive years. Avocado deviled eggs recipe no mayo While it’s true that plenty of women feel crummy before or during their periods, crazy mood swings should not be the norm and you shouldn’t have to accept the Jekyll-and-Hyde highs and lows as your female destiny.

The reality is, major mood swings are the result of serious hormonal imbalances, not the regular fallout of a healthy, normal cycle. Egg and avocado on toast But the type of emotional upheaval you’re having will likely depend on which of your hormones is most out of whack.

The cool thing is that by paying attention to your symptoms and really digging into the details, you can uncover the root cause of your hormonal problems and actually start to remedy the issues right this minute. Poached egg and avocado breakfast But you have to be willing to be a bit of a detective—and that means taking note of not just your feelings, but your flow.

Yes, that’s right— menstruation is now officially considered a legitimate vital sign that can tell you so much about the state of your health. Avocado and egg sandwich (Something I’ve been preaching for years!) So by actually understanding the color, consistency, and patterns of your period, you can take control of your PMS, conquer your bad moods, and say goodbye to Jekyll and Hyde for good. Avocado egg roll recipe from cheesecake factory Keep reading for some common menstrual symptoms—and what they’re telling you about getting your moods back on track.

Your progesterone might be too low. Avocado egg bacon breakfast The brown stuff is old oxidized blood that didn’t make it out during your last cycle. Avocado egg rolls recipe cheesecake factory You might even have irregular cycles or PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). Egg stuffed avocado recipes The other problem is that your estrogen could be off—either too high or too low.

Based on the information above, figure out which kind of estrogen issue you may have, and then add chickpeas and egg yolks to your diet to boost vitamin B6 levels, and healthy fats like avocado to improve your progesterone production.

You may be looking at these scenarios and realizing none of them quite represent your situation. Baked avocado and egg That’s totally okay and it’s perfectly understandable; each woman has a completely unique hormonal pattern. Avocado with egg recipes While these three cases are the most typical bad mood instigators, they’re not the only perfect storms that can result in physical and emotional symptoms.

If you’ve got other period-related issues that are confusing you, find out your period type (or what I call your V-Sign) to learn more about the causes of your symptoms and what to do with food to fix them.

Alisa Vitti, HHC, is an integrative nutritionist, best-selling author of WomanCode , and the founder of, a virtual health center that supports women’s hormonal and reproductive health. Avocado and egg pizza A graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Alisa has a web series on Lifetime, s erves on the Yahoo Health advisory board, and is an advisor to several health and health tech startups. Egg and avocado breakfast ideas She has presented at TEDx, [email protected], Summit Series Outside, Hay House, WIE Symposium, and SHE Summit. Recipes with avocado and egg Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.