A woman’s body goes through many changes throughout her life, from menarche to menopause and beyond. These changes may be easy and painless for some, but they may be difficult and distressing for others. Here are some Ayurveda tips regarding women and their cycles…
Menarche: Factors Contributing to Early Menarche
The first menstrual period, known as menarche, marks a woman’s growth and sexual maturation. Menarche typically occurs between the ages of 11 and 14 years. However, in recent years, the age at menarche has been decreasing globally, with numerous reports of girls starting to menstruate as young as eight years old. This is referred to as “early menarche.”
Women who have their menstruation early are more likely to develop heart disease, breast cancer, asthma, diabetes, and obesity. They are also more likely to experience psychosocial distress, such as eating disorders, depression, and early sexual activity. Although many factors contribute to early menarche, dietary factors are especially important, with fast food topping the list. Fast food and junk food contain a lot of fat and sugar, which are both unhealthy and addictive. Parents of young girls can help their daughters develop healthy eating habits by providing a nutritious diet.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
PMS is a group of symptoms that affect a woman before menstruation and include physical and psychological symptoms. Fatigue, headache, joint pain, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhoea, weight gain, breast tenderness, and acne flare-ups are common symptoms.
Behavioural and emotional changes such as mood swings, irritability, anger, anxiety, depressive feelings, appetite changes, and social withdrawal are examples of psychological symptoms. PMS can exacerbate pre-existing health problems such as asthma, migraines, and allergies. PMS, like early menarche, can occur in girls who eat a lot of junk food. It is also common in women with hypertension. Other addictive habits, such as smoking and alcohol consumption, a sedentary lifestyle, sleep deprivation, and eating a diet high in salt, sugary foods, and caffeine, all contribute to the prevalence of PMS.
Diet and lifestyle changes are essential in dealing with menstrual irregularities
Menstrual cycle regularity indicates a woman’s menstrual health. Weight gain, abdominal bloating, constipation, migraines, moodiness, and physical and mental strain are all linked to menstrual cycle irregularities.
According to the findings, diet and lifestyle have a significant impact on the regularity of menstrual cycles. As a result, women should eat a healthy, balanced diet and incorporate physical activities and meditation into their daily routines. Women should be encouraged to share their concerns with close friends or vent their feelings in a personal journal to help relieve stress, as stress is also a factor.
Maintaining overall health
Ayurveda, a modern life science, can always provide answers to questions about food, lifestyle, sleep, and self-discipline. Wellness is the fundamental tenet of Ayurveda, the science of life. Several herbs, including Ashoka, Lodhra, Kumari or Aloe Vera, Shatavari, and Chandana, can be extremely beneficial in relieving the discomfort that women experience during menstrual cycles. For well-researched formulations containing these herbs, it is best to consult an Ayurvedic physician or gynaecologist.