You know it’s about to arrive. You have it clear. Jump, stretch in the morning, let the shower water fall directly on your chest or even put on that bra pushup It may be part of Chinese torture.
Breast pain is more common than you might imagine among women. Usually many women begin to feel it before menstruation arrives and sometimes since they ovulate. And although it seems to be accepted as a normal fact for being a woman, the truth is that it doesn’t have to be that way.
And maybe you wonder why do breasts hurt close to menstruation? I personally take this as a sign that there is something else that needs attention. Through your cycle your hormones influence your whole body, and your chest is no different. Breast pain can usually be because your body has high levels of estrogen and low levels of progesterone compared to estrogen.
The detail is that it doesn’t just stop there. Your period tends to be a reflection of what has happened in your body from one to three months before, so if you have had high levels of stress feeding more pain in your breasts, how? Stress will increase cortisol, thereby creating an imbalance in your other hormones.
What can you do?
- Take two down to coffee. I know it sounds like I’m cursing you, but the reality is that caffeine is going to interfere with your nervous system and prevent you from calming the cortisol response and stress. Cut back on caffeine for at least a month to see how you feel. If you can’t cope without the smell and the bitter taste, you can use herbal teas that contain a very similar taste and aroma and gradually turn up the energy to quench your cravings.
- Improve your digestion. Support your body to digest better. When you digest your food well and when your intestine is populated with enough healthy bacteria, the intestine itself will be in charge of digesting excess estrogen and will help its levels to balance. Ferments are a great option to support the friendly bacteria in your intestines.
- Lower the consumption of foods high in phytoestrogens and the bombardment of xenoestrogens in your day to day. Although phytoestrogens are great for your health, if you have high levels of estrogen in your body, increasing it through your food is not going to help. Soy and flaxseed are two examples of foods high in phytoestrogens. Set the soy aside, lower two to the flaxseed. Likewise, plastic and most detergents have chemicals that function as hormonal disruptors. Start using more natural products and put the plastic aside.
Support your liver. Your liver is where hormones are metabolized. A diet high in green and bitter leaves will support the health of your liver. Also cutting down on refined carbohydrates like pasta and breads and sugars will help. Start using whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, or amaranth, just to give you a few examples.
Eat healthy fats. Healthy fat isn’t going to make your liver fat, simple and refined carbohydrates and refined sugars are.