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Women's Second Body Clock.


All humans operate on a 24-hour biological "clock", known as the Circadian Rhythm that tells our bodies when it's time for bed and when it's time to wakeup. It also regulates our body temperature, controls our metabolism and much more. Men's production of testosterone is dictated by the circadian rhythm.



From the moment women experience their first period a second internal clock - of equal importance - is activated, this clock is known as the Infradian rhythm.


Understanding this second biological cycle is the ultimate way to bio-hack the female body to live healthier, happier and symptom free.






Your Infradian Body

Infradian and Circadian rhythms vary across our 24-hour cycle, and throughout our 28-day cycle. Depending on where you are in your cycle, your micronutrient & dietary needs drastically vary.



Your metabolism speed varies too -at its peak you can require more than 250 extra calories per day. If you do not feed the body this extra fuel at this time, it will interfere with hormone balance and turn on fat storage.

Cortisol levels dip and peak dictating not only your anxiety but also which workouts will make us stronger and leaner,

and which will cause adrenal distress and inflammation. Even your brain chemistry changes 25% across the month!



Meet your phases


Menstrual

days 1-5

Inner Winter


Hormones are at their lowest


Energy and mood may be low


Eat cooked, "warming" foods that are easy to digest -

red meat, kidney beans, buckwheat.


Remineralise with iron, zinc, kelp and nori.


Drink warming herbal teas and bone broths.


Increase protein and fats


Focus on B vitamins, Magnesium, Omega 3s, Antioxidants


Rest or do low intensity training


Your brain is wired for self reflection





Follicular

days 6-14

Inner Spring


Quiet hormones begin to rise


Energy and mood improve


Metabolism is slower


Cortisol lower


Enjoy light, fresh, vibrant foods


Cruciferous veggies, sprouted beans and seeds and fermented foods and lean proteins


Focus on Zinc, Omega 3's


Choose cardio based exercise & get sweaty!


Your brain is wired for creation





Ovulatory

days 15-18

Inner Summer


Dramatic rise in oestrogen and surge of testosterone


Sex drive, confidence and energy at a high


Metabolism is slightly slower


Eat vibrant, raw, cooling foods - smoothies & salads


Add liver supporting foods such as garlic, ginger, and turmeric


Focus on Vitamin C, B's, antioxidants


Push yourself in workouts


Your brain is wired for communication






Luteal

days 19-28

Inner Autumn


Oestrogen and Progesterone are high


Metabolism is faster - we need to eat more! (aparox 270 calories)


PMS is more likely if you don't increase dietary intake or if your estrogen is too high


Increase (non-cruciferous) fibre and magnesium (pumpkin seeds, spinach, cacao) to prevent PMS


Eat starchy carbohydrates


Focus on Selenium, B vitamins, Omega 3's


Do low impact strength training


Your brain wired for organisation








Doing the same thing every day disrupts your Infradian Rhythm


There is a wide-spread belief that to be 'healthy' means being disciplined by sticking to the same thing day in and day out. This way of living is optimal for men's biology - not for women's!


Just as our bodies and brains are different in each cycle, our food, exercise and self-care also should be different. In fact, denying this internal cycle is the root cause of almost all hormonal woes. Not to mention the benefit mixing up how we eat, move, live has on our microbiome!



Why don't we learn about this?


Women of child-bearing years have been ignored in medical research because of the "complexity"

of the Infradian Rhythm.


Researchers prefer their subjects to be men, (predictable 24 hour hormonal cycle), post-menopausal women(no longer on the Infradian Rhythm) or women on OCP (hormones are synthetically suppressed) as there are less hormonal variations to account for. In doing this we are trying to apply science to ourselves that was simply never meant for us.


This is why a "diet" may go well for us for 2 weeks, then feel truly impossible 2 weeks later.


Today we consider symptoms such as PMS, hormonal breakouts, bloating, cramps and irregular periods "normal" and something we must suffer through. This is simply a reality of being an Infradian woman trying to live in a Circadian world.


Say goodbye to symptoms and prepare to look and feel your very best when you learn how to live in alignment with the biological clock that we should have learned about.



 


Stay tuned to learn more about how to eat, sleep, move and live in alignment

with the phases of your cycle for the ultimate female biohacking.


Your hormones

+ immunity

+ metabolism

+ exercise

+ diet

+ energy

+ sex drive

+ productivity

+ supplements

+ gut health

+ stress


x Shannon Rosie

Springfield's Health Coach and Clinical Nutritionist.

www.LivingWithRosie.com

@LivingWithRosie


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