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fix your PERIOD

EXCLUSIVE BOOK EXCERPT: FIX YOUR PERIOD BY NICOLE JARDIM (HARPER WAVE, 2020).

When it comes to all things menstrual cycle-related, medical professionals often tell us that our symptoms—moodiness, brain fog, fatigue, fertility struggles, and low libido—are normal, or are a natural response to getting older. Nothing to worry about.

One of the biggest myths perpetrated on women today is that our menstrual issues are not fixable. They are. Each month, your body tries to tell you something about your health. PMS, a heavy period, no period—whatever you’re experiencing isn’t the result of your body randomly rebelling against you. Rather, these issues are your body’s way of communicating with you—your period problems are a sign of your body needing attention. Your body is always working for you, not against you.

Feed Your Hormones

The foods we eat play a big role in how our hormones behave. In fact, the number one cause of hormonal imbalances, period problems, and fertility issues is a lack of the right nutrients in our diets. If you don’t have the nutrients you need to produce hormones properly or the understanding of how different foods affect your body, you won’t have a sturdy enough foundation to build on.

It’s important to understand that a one-size-fits-all approach to food is not possible. That’s why I’ve incorporated various elements from a couple of different dietary theories to create the Fix Your Period way of eating and living.

Carbohydrates

Not all carbs are created equal. I

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