Connect with us

Health

Rediscovering the Divine Feminine: How Menstruation Relates To Moon Cycles, Nature & Diets

Published

on

When I first got my period, I was thrilled! I viewed it as a right of passage, marking my transition into womanhood, and I welcomed the opportunity to embrace my newfound femininity. However, like many women, over the years I eventually started to resent my time of the month, dreading my painful cramps and counting all of the things I felt I missed out on because of it. Society treats periods as though they’re dirty and shouldn’t be spoken of, and even women look down upon them as well; but, it wasn’t always like this.

advertisement - learn more

Menstruation used to be celebrated and seen as a gift, an element of the Divine feminine that deserved appreciation and recognition. It’s a beautiful form of detoxification only women get to enjoy and this process allows us to birth life, a miracle that can only be made possible through menstruation.

Society used to refer to this sacred period as women’s “moon time,” as their cycle was actually synced with the moon. The word menstruation itself is derived from Greek and Latin words meaning month and moon. Menstruation not only ties us to nature, but it can also give women a better picture of their health and their chakra systems. So, how did we, as women, become so disconnected from the sacredness of our moon times, and how can we change the dialogue and the way we experience our periods?

The Divinity Behind Women’s Moon Cycles 

Those few days when women shed their menstrual blood used to be celebrated, as women were not permitted to be on their feet working; instead, they were encouraged to rest and nurture their bodies. Our cycles were naturally aligned with the rhythm of the moon as it waxed and waned. Menstruation would begin around the New Moon and ovulation would occur around the Full Moon.

The feminine energy in the villages was incredibly powerful, as women were experiencing their moon times together. Women were usually able to bond and relax during this time, so they could receive healing energy and appreciate this period of purification and rejuvenation.

To be clear, the fact that menstruation is a detoxification process does not imply women are dirty. In fact, it implies quite the opposite, as menstruation is a gift that only women were blessed with, which can help to detoxify them both physically and emotionally. Menstrual periods should be empowering for women, not embarrassing.

advertisement - learn more

The image of periods appearing to be “dirty” only gained popularity when we shifted towards patriarchy; but, now that the Divine feminine is coming into light, we’re starting to honour our moon cycles once again.

Toxins stored in the blood and liver have a chance to be flushed out as we menstruate. The liver is the primary detoxification organ of the body, as it’s the organ that’s responsible for filtering out toxins. Our cycles can also cleanse our reproductive systems, releasing bacteria from inside of it and helping the body to discharge excess iron.

This process is both natural and beautiful and it shouldn’t be shunned. There’s so much beauty within the dualistic nature of our moon cycles: The shedding of blood allows us to give life and benefit from the detoxification. However, our periods have shifted over the years, becoming far more painful and in many cases heavier. Many women are no longer connected to the moon, and they view their periods as something to dread rather than an event to get excited over. How did we, as women, arrive at this point?

Why Our Periods Have Drastically Shifted and Changed 

If your cycle isn’t synced with the Full Moon or New Moon, don’t stress! Just because your cycle isn’t in sync with the moon cycles doesn’t mean it’s not doing its job. There are many ways for you to sync it with the moon naturally, but the best part about menstruation is that it’s meant to flow, so it’s best not to try to control it.

This is one of the reasons why birth control is such a huge issue. Birth control literally controls when your period starts and finishes, and so it very rarely moves or experiences irregularities. There are a number of health issues with birth control, including a greater risk of certain types of cancer, depression, blood clots, heart disease, and more (read about it in our CE article here). Since your cycle cannot freely flow, you can’t learn from it in the same way you could if you weren’t on birth control.

Your period is such a gift; it communicates with your body and can tell you when something is wrong or when something needs to be looked at. When you experience PMS, irregular periods, a shift in start time, or any other symptom regarding your menstruation, that’s your body telling you that your health requires attention.

My period has always been synced with the New Moon, and the only time it changed since getting off birth control was after my grandmother passed away, when it synced with my cousins’ cycles on the Full Moon and didn’t shift back for months. I was experiencing other irregular symptoms during my period, forcing me to look inwards. I realized I not only had a health issue affecting my menstruation, but I also had a severe block on my sacral chakra, which was in turn affecting my period. Immediately after I dealt with these issues, my period returned to its regular cycle and started on the New Moon once again.

Everything happens for a reason, especially in our bodies! If you’re experiencing painful menstrual cramps, that’s not just a “regular” symptom of having your period. Whenever we have pain in our bodies, it’s always telling us that we need to look deeper and search for the root cause of the issue.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the liver is said to govern emotion and anger. Since the liver holds a strong relationship to menstruation, as it’s detoxified during this process, our periods can also reveal the health of our livers. Many women have an emotional reaction to their menstruation, often referred to as PMS, and they express anger or other extreme emotions. Since anger and emotions are connected to the liver, PMS could either mean that we’re experiencing changes within our livers, which is natural during our periods, or that we need to focus more on the health of our livers.

In addition, according to TCM, painful period cramps could actually be a symptom of a hormonal imbalance and a Qi deficiency. In TCM, Qi is believed to be everywhere on Earth, including our bodies. When you’re healthy, Qi is flowing freely through you, whereas when you’re unhealthy, you either have a blockage from Qi or your “Qi tank” is low. If there’s no Qi to move the blood out of your body during your moon time, the body is forced to cramp up and try to expel the blood out itself. You can learn more about this in an Organic Olivia video here.

If you do experience PMS and other symptoms society deems “regular” during menstruation, don’t stress too much. Yes, we need to learn to listen to our bodies more and look inwards more frequently, but to a certain degree, these phases of our cycle are normal.

Our cycles not only relate to the moon, but they also correlate to the seasons experienced in nature. For example, the week we have our period is related to winter, when we experience a little more darkness and feel the need to retreat. The following week, when our period is over, relates to spring, and then we experience summer when we’re ovulating, which is typically the time we feel best during the month. Lastly, the week before our menstruation, we enter into fall, a time when we experience heightened emotions as we start to let things go and fall away, otherwise when some women experience PMS symptoms.

I believe that, to a certain degree, many of these symptoms are meant to be felt, listened to, and learned from, but not to the extremes many women go through now. Many women are severely disconnected from their bodies, which is largely due to societal norms and beliefs and modern medicine.

Birth control is taken by many women, which not only hurts the body but prevents us from connecting with our periods. What’s more, women use toxic tampons and other feminine products that contain pesticides, we’re exposed to excessive amounts of toxins through our environment and our diets, and we suppress our emotional trauma, creating blockages on our chakras.

How Can We Rediscover and Reclaim Our Periods?

So, if you recognize that your period needs some extra attention, how can you give it the love it deserves? First of all, it’s about being gentle and compassionate towards your cycles. If you’re on birth control, experiencing extreme menstrual symptoms, have an irregular period, or whatever else, you must first be gentle with yourself. Recognize how this has served you in the past, and then figure out how you can positively change this.

Perhaps these extremities (severe PMS and cramps, disconnection from nature, etc.) were necessary in order for us to wake up and reclaim the sacredness surrounding women’s menstruation and the Divine feminine once again. Sometimes things need to get so bad that it’s almost a slap in the face, because it can trigger us and essentially force us to change.

There’s nothing wrong with having a period, but that doesn’t mean we need to suffer through it. As Dr. John A. McDougall says, “You should not look for defects in the ‘female design’ to explain the reasons for these epidemics of female troubles, but look rather to your own behavior.” How can you make changes in your own life in order to improve your menstruation cycle?

He explains:

Exercise and reduction in weight in obese women can also lower their levels of estrogens. The net result from reducing the exaggerated amounts of hormones found in too many American women down to healthier levels will be better general well-being all the time and relief from troublesome signs and symptoms during menstruation. For example, painful periods and copious bleeding become lighter and less painful.

There is a clear relationship between diet and menstruation; this can be seen when an anorexic woman’s periods stop, or when vegans report experiencing less period pain or lighter bleeding. Dr. McDougall further elaborates on this, saying “Vegetarian women, compared with those who eat meats, excrete 2 to 3 times more estrogen in their feces. Furthermore, the blood levels of certain powerful estrogens are 50% lower than are those in meat-eaters.”

Since periods are a way to detoxify the body, it would make sense that the symptoms associated with menstruation could improve if we’re intaking less toxins. When it all comes down to it, rediscovering our periods means rediscovering ourselves. It means improving the health of your body, reconnecting with nature, and looking inward.

Odds are that through this process, you’ll find that your period does sync with the Full Moon or the New Moon, as many women have reported this for centuries, including myself. So, what’s the difference between having your period sync with the Full Moon versus the New Moon?

Author Miranda Gray says:

A woman with the White Moon cycle, bleeding with the dark (new) Moon, becomes linked to the deepest levels of her awareness, reminding her that there exists more than just the world she sees, because she is the carrier of the seed of life. A woman with a Red Moon cycle, bleeding with the full moon, brings the energies and mysteries of her inner darkness out into the world around her as a gift and an offering of the depths of her learning.

I personally resonate with this answer, as I can see when these trends emerged in my own life. But, then again, every woman’s period is different, so if this article doesn’t resonate with you, then trust your own intuition. That’s the beauty of menstruation: It’s free flowing and changing, and has something different to teach each and every woman.

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about the Divine feminine and the sacredness of menstruation, I’d recommend the books Rise Sister Rise by Rebecca Campbell and The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. Much love!

Related Articles

The 12 Best Foods To Eat When You Are On Your Period

Still Using Pads? You Should Read This

How To Unlock Your Pelvic Floor Muscles & Use Them To Help You Orgasm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Franco DeNicola Screening: The Shift In Consciousness

We interviewed Franco DeNicola about what is happening with the shift in consciousness. It turned out to be one of the deepest and most important information we pulled out within an interview.

We explored why things are moving a little more slowly with the shift at times, what is stopping certain solutions from coming forward and the important role we all play.

Watch the interview here.
Advertisement
advertisement - learn more

Awareness

Boy or Girl – Baby Gender Selection Issues

Published

on

Some parents have the possibility to opt for gender selection; however, being able to decide whether to have a baby boy or girl is a controversial issue.

Many couples expecting a baby do not think it’s a big issue whether they have a boy or a girl; however there are several medical, social, and personal reasons that could influence parents to recur to some form of gender selection.

Like many other controversial practices, the legality of gender selection, also known as sex selection, varies from country to country.

The Legality of Baby Gender Selection

The United States has perhaps some of the most relaxed laws regarding baby gender selection in the world. Most European countries and Australia, on the other hand, have bans on sex selection and only allow it for medical reasons. For example, if a parent is a carrier of a mutation or gene with more chances of manifesting itself in a certain gender, baby gender selection is valid. However, if parents simply wish to balance the ratio of boys and girls in their family, they are not allowed to recur to sex selection.

This has generated a form of medical tourism in which couples from countries where gender selection is illegal, like the UK, travel to the US in order to be able to choose whether to have a baby boy or girl.

On the other hand, sex selection is illegal in the two most populated countries on Earth, China and India. In these countries, baby gender selection has been performed clandestinely for many years and for reasons other than family balancing or avoiding genetic diseases. In these societies, having a baby boy is preferred mainly for cultural and economic reasons. Parents believe that boys have better chances of earning income and eventually support them when they reach an old age.

advertisement - learn more

Methods of Baby Gender Selection

There are two major types of gender selection methods: the first one is called sperm sorting, and involves separating X-chromosome sperm from Y-chromosome sperm by flow cytometry, a purification technique in which chromosomes are suspended in a stream of sperm and identified by an electronic detector before being separated. Intra-uterine insemination or in-vitro fertilization can then be performed with the enriched sperm. The success rates for this method vary from 80% to 93%.

The other method, called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, consists in generating several embryos through in-vitro fertilization, which are then genetically tested to determine a baby’s gender. The chosen embryos can then be implanted. This method has a success rate of almost 100%; however, it can be quite expensive, costing up to $15,000.

Issues Regarding Baby Gender Selection

While there are few objections against baby gender selection when it is performed for medical reasons, it has become a highly controversial issue when it is used for balancing the number of boys or girls in families. Some people raise the obvious ethical question of whether people who opt for gender selection are “playing God” by manipulating whether to have a baby boy or girl. Others believe that new parents will raise a baby more appropriately if he or she belongs to their preferred gender.

Gender Imbalance Caused by Baby Gender Selection

Gender selection has caused demographic concern in China and India since it has contributed to generate a gender imbalance in the populations of those countries. In some regions of China, for example, the sex ratio for newborns is 118:100, boys to girls. This phenomenon has in turn been associated with social problems such as an increase in violence and prostitution.

It seems like a logical solution for governments around the globe to legalize baby gender selection but to analyze the personal reasons why each couple intends to select a baby boy or girl. Gender selection for medical reasons should even be encouraged, since it could prevent serious genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Huntington’s disease, and Haemophilia A. Balancing the gender ratio of a family should be accepted if by doing this, a healthy family environment is created. On the other hand, China and India have shown that baby gender selection as a result of a bias towards a particular gender can not only create a gender imbalance in the population, but contribute to social problems as well.

Free Franco DeNicola Screening: The Shift In Consciousness

We interviewed Franco DeNicola about what is happening with the shift in consciousness. It turned out to be one of the deepest and most important information we pulled out within an interview.

We explored why things are moving a little more slowly with the shift at times, what is stopping certain solutions from coming forward and the important role we all play.

Watch the interview here.
Continue Reading

Awareness

Organic Certification: What the USDA Organic Label Means

Published

on

In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Organic and natural labels mean different things, and various types of labels tells you what percentage of ingredients are actually organic. We'll explore what to look for.

  • Reflect On:

    Do you sometimes buy products thinking they are organic or fully natural based on their wording? Have you later found out that those products aren't natural or organic at all? Read labels more closely at grocery stores to be aware.

Don’t get conned by fraudulent claims of “natural” or “organic.” Learn what to look for, and why it’s important, to ensure you’re getting the quality you are paying for.

The industrial age of the 20th century brought about changing agricultural practices that have generated increasing alarm about the effects of these practices on the environment and health. The use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, irradiated and genetically altered food and fiber products has created a groundswell of rightful concern. It has led to the growing demand for non-toxic, organic products that many are willing to pay a higher price for to ensure the healthful purity of food and clothing provided for their families.

With such profit opportunities, it’s little wonder that the lucrative organic product market has suffered abuse with so-called “organic” labels being fraudulently placed on products that have not earned the right. As a result of pressure from farming and consumer groups, legislation for the standardization of organic certification was introduced in the 1980s. It has been updated to include more vigorous enforcement and control methods since, with the current standards established in 2002 by the USDA.

The Standards of USDA Organic Certification

Specific standards must be met in order to legally claim a product as USDA certified organic. Organic producers must utilize methods that conserve water, maximize soil health, and reduce air pollution. The specific standards to earn USDA organic certification include:

Free of synthetic chemicals such as insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics, and additives

Free from irradiation and genetically modified organisms

advertisement - learn more

Agricultural products grown on land that has been free of prohibited substances for a period of three years

Animals used for meat, eggs, milk or other animal products must be exclusively fed foods that are organically grown, may not be given antibiotics or hormones, and must have access to outdoors.

Clean and sanitized harvesting and processing equipment throughout the process from harvest to finished, packaged product

Detailed chain-of-handling records from the field through final sales

Physical separation of certified organic products from non-organic products throughout the process of production

Regular on-site inspections from USDA-approved inspectors to ensure compliance

Understanding the Certified Organic Label

Once the rigorous process of certification has been completed, organic producers may place the USDA certified organic seal on their products. Currently, there are four levels of certified organic products, with a specific definition of the percentage of organic ingredients the final products contains. They are as follows:

• 100% organic: all production methods and ingredients are USDA certified organic.

• Organic: at least 95% of the production methods and ingredients are USDA certified organic with remaining ingredients included on the National List of allowed ingredients.

• Made With Organic Ingredients: at least 70% of the ingredients are USDA certified organic with remaining ingredients included on the National List of allowed ingredients.

• No organic wording or seal: less than 70% of the ingredients are USDA certified organic and no claims may be made on the front or back of the product.

Manufacturers or producers who knowingly label a product “organic” when it does not meet the USDA standards are subject to fines up to $11,000 per violation.

Why Organic Certification is Important

When you see the official USDA organic certification seal on food, clothing, and bedding products, you can be assured that these products have met the meticulous standards required and are free of chemicals, toxins, antibiotics, and hormones. When you see the USDA certified organic label, you will understand the value of the higher priced organic products as compared to non-organically produced products.

With the current stringent organic certification requirements enforced by regular inspections from USDA accredited agents, the USDA certified organic label has great meaning and importance to the consumer. Look for the label to know that you are getting the quality you are paying for.

Free Franco DeNicola Screening: The Shift In Consciousness

We interviewed Franco DeNicola about what is happening with the shift in consciousness. It turned out to be one of the deepest and most important information we pulled out within an interview.

We explored why things are moving a little more slowly with the shift at times, what is stopping certain solutions from coming forward and the important role we all play.

Watch the interview here.
Continue Reading

Awareness

WHO Finds Global Lack Of Inactivity Rising Especially In Wealthier Countries — What You Can Do

Published

on

In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Inactivity is on the rise and it's the cause of a wide range of health concerns. Our population is only becoming more inactive, not less, and it's time to change that.

  • Reflect On:

    There are many factors of our modern world that make us less active. Our jobs, driving rather than walking/biking, too much screen time. What can you do differently to bring more activity into your life? What story stops you from starting?

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than a quarter of the entire population on this planet are not getting enough physical exercise, this number has barely improved since 2001. There are many factors that contribute to this, but just how much damage are we doing by failing to be active?

The lack of physical exercise raises the risk of many health problems, such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes and various types of cancers.

Interestingly, according to their study published in The Lancet Global Health, higher income countries, such as the UK, were among the least active population. Women were also found to be more sedentary throughout the world, excluding two regions in Asia.

The study looked at self-reported data on activity levels from 358 population based surveys covering 168 countries and included 1.9 million people.

The populations of higher income countries, which include the UK and USA showed an increase in the proportion of inactive people and had actually risen from 32% in 2001 to 37% in 2016, in the lower income countries it remained at 16%.

Those who were classified as inactive did less than 150 minutes of moderate exercise and around 75 minutes of intense activity per week.

advertisement - learn more

It was found that women were less active than men overall, except for in South and Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and higher-income Western countries. The authors believe that this was caused by a few different factors including extra childcare duties and cultural perspectives that may have made it more difficult for them to exercise.

Why More Inactivity In Wealthier Countries?

According to the researchers, in the wealthier countries, many of the jobs have transitioned to more office or desk jobs, meaning a more sedentary type of lifestyle. On top of that much of the population of these countries drive automobiles or take public transit to and from work which in many cases accounts for a lot of their time.

In the lower income countries, many of the jobs require the people to be more active, are physically demanding and people often have to walk to and from their jobs.

The WHO has had a goal to reduce the global levels of inactivity by 10% by 2025, the authors of the study feel that at the rate we are currently going, this target will be missed.

Lead author of the study, Dr. Regina Guthold said, “Unlike other major global health risks, levels of insufficient physical activity are not falling worldwide, on average, and over a quarter of all adults are not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity for good health.”

Regions with increasing levels of insufficient physical activity are a major concern for public health and the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.”

Co-author, Dr. Fiona Bull added, “Addressing these inequalities in physical activity levels between men and women will be critical to achieving global activity targets and will require interventions to promote and improve women’s access to opportunities that are safe, affordable and culturally acceptable.”

According to the WHO,

Exercise guidelines for 19- to 64-year-olds

How much?

  • at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week
  • strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles
  • break up long periods of sitting with light activity

What is moderate aerobic activity?

  • Walking fast, water aerobics, riding a bike on level ground or with a few hills, doubles tennis, pushing a lawn mower, hiking, skateboarding, rollerblading, volleyball, basketball

What counts as vigorous activity?

  • Jogging or running, swimming fast, riding a bike fast or on hills, singles tennis, football, rugby, skipping rope, hockey, aerobics, gymnastics, martial arts

What activities strengthen muscles?

  • lifting weights, working with resistance bands, doing exercises that use your own body weight, such as push-ups and sit-ups, heavy gardening, such as digging and shovelling, yoga

What activities are both aerobic and muscle-strengthening?

  • circuit training, aerobics, running, football, rugby, netball, hockey

Final Thoughts

I was surprised to see that the WHO didn’t touch on inactivity due to too much screen time — watching television, Netflix, Facebook scrolling, messaging, texting, browsing etc. Certainly, the increase in screen time plays a roll with the amount of inactivity, especially in the higher income countries. If you are someone who spends too much time staring at a screen, then it is important to consider the above information. Can you limit your screen time and replace it with something active? Or would you consider jumping rope, or rebounding while watching the television? Our health is our greatest wealth and having awareness about an issue is the first way to create change and take responsibility for our lives.

Could you walk or bike to work instead of drive? What about trying a new sport? Could you commit to adding a few hours each week of physical activity? These small decisions could have a profound impact on your health, longevity and overall well-being.

Much Love

Free Franco DeNicola Screening: The Shift In Consciousness

We interviewed Franco DeNicola about what is happening with the shift in consciousness. It turned out to be one of the deepest and most important information we pulled out within an interview.

We explored why things are moving a little more slowly with the shift at times, what is stopping certain solutions from coming forward and the important role we all play.

Watch the interview here.
Continue Reading
advertisement - learn more
advertisement - learn more

Video

EL