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Do you get really bad diarrhea a few days before and even the first few days of your period? I did this month and it was nasty! I had the pain of the period plus the cramps from the diarrhea to deal with all on the same day! I felt sore and tired and somewhat frightened by my bodies reaction. I couldn’t work out why. Initially I thought it might be something I ate. Maybe the nuts I ate yesterday were bad or maybe I had too much fruit the day before? I couldn’t figure it out and then I looked at what else was different about this months period…..
Thing is, there is a chemical which basically is responsible for the “moving out” of the excess blood in our body. It moves in rhythms within our uterus to help move out the blood. Like little waves which move over and over again. It unfortunately also works the digestive muscles, which inevitably causes diarrhea in the process.
These are called Prostaglandins and they live in the lining of the uterus as well as many other parts of the body. There are good Prostaglandins and bad ones. Naturally the ones we have are the bad ones. There are means of reducing these bad Prostaglandins the body produces and thereby reducing not just the pain from that uterus movement but also the diarrhea.
To keep it really simple. Here is what we should NOT eat to avoid “the runs”:
- Fried Foods
- Chicken and white meats (actually worse than meat in this scenario :()
Here is what you should include in your diet:
- Anything high in Vitamin B6 – Green plants and Spirulina
- Nuts and Seeds
- Omega 3 Sources – Chia Seeds
- Bromelain – found in the stem of pineapples which is said to reduce the inflammation dramatically. Anyone have a pineapple tree?
- Fish Oils
Now, the thing that is interesting about Prostaglandins is they live in individual cells and they are only active for a short amount of time. They are also not stored. What intrigues me about this concept is, should we almost pre-empt their development just before our period and elevate our intake of our Omega 3’s and Vitamin B6 etc. just before our period, so the body is well stocked to make the good prostaglandins?
I might try that next month. 3 Days before I am going to drink heaps of pure green juices and eat heaps more nuts and chia. Lets see what happens!
Do you get diarrhea with your period? What have you found works for you?