A holistic nutritionist has gone viral after revealing what the color of your period blood means for your health.
After cycle-syncing, which means syncing everything from your workouts to your diets with your menstrual cycle, gripped the internet, hormone coach Izzy Esenvalde, based in the US, is teaching her followers how to identify how healthy they are based on the color of their period blood.
In a series of viral videos, which has collectively amassed more than 56,000 views, Izzy explained how the shade of your period blood can relay vital information about your hormone levels and your health.
She began by describing what it meant when your period blood was a pale shade of red.
‘If the blood is super pale and pink the first and last day of your period, estrogen levels are too low,’ Izzy explained.
Izzy Esenvalde, based in the US, is teaching her followers how to identify how healthy they are based on the color of their period blood
In a series of viral videos, which have collectively amassed more than 56,000 views, Izzy explained how the shade of your period blood can relay vital information
She began by describing what it means for your health when your period blood is a pale shade of red
Izzy then said pale-colored blood can lead to ‘ageing (sic) and osteoporosis.’
‘Low estrogen can cause early menopause, hair thinning, low sex drive, anxiety and depression,’ the hormone coach said.
Estrogen helps to regulate the uterine lining and affects the reproductive tract.
It also impacts on the urinary tract, heart and blood vessels, bones, breasts, skin, hair, mucous membranes, pelvic muscles, and the brain.
Without enough estrogen, you may begin shedding the lining at times when you aren’t experiencing your menstrual cycle. This can lead to light pink spotting.
Perimenopause, menopause, and using estrogen-free hormonal birth control, like a hormonal IUD, can cause low estrogen.
The hormone coach then detailed what a dark shade of blood says about your health.
If you period blood is ‘super dark, purple or blue, cloudy and contains lumps’ then your estrogen levels are too high.
The hormone coach then detailed what a dark shade of blood says about your health
After detailing the meaning of the different colors of period blood, the gut health expert said that irregular periods also means your body is trying to convey a message to you
‘This is a sign of estrogen dominance. This causes the uterine lining to be thicker than usual, [which means] heavier periods, severe PMS symptoms, bad cramps, and depression,’ Izzy explained
A sign of illness? What the color of your period blood says about your health
- Estrogen levels are too low
- Can cause hair thinning, low sex drive, anxiety and depression
- Can be caused by perimenopause, menopause, and using estrogen-free hormonal birth control, like a hormonal IUD
Purple blood that contains lumps
- Estrogen levels are too high
- Can cause heavier periods, severe PMS symptoms, bad cramps, and depression
- If left untreated, you may develop fibroids, endometriosis, and cysts
‘This can also lead to fibroids, endometriosis, and cysts.’
Izzy said to fix this you should ‘limit estrogen containing foods,’ such as garlic, berries, and flaxseeds.
She also suggested balancing your ‘blood sugar levels and [avoiding] commercial cleaning products.’
If left untreated, high estrogen levels can lead to serious problems.
It is also important to inform your doctor if your period contains clots and lasts longer than a week.
After detailing the meaning of the different colors of period blood, the gut health expert said that irregular periods also meant your body was trying to convey a message to you.
‘If you go months without a period, your hormones are imbalanced. If you get it more than once a month or get it for one day or two then this is caused by too low estrogen levels and [dysfunctional] thyroids,’ she explained before adding that if this is occurring you should have your hormone levels measured by your doctor.
‘If you get it once every few months, your body isn’t producing enough follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone to trigger ovulation.’
Izzy went on to explain that this was because progesterone levels are too low, you are eating a poor diet, and because of stress.
In the past, another health coach went viral for detailing what you should eat during each phase of your menstrual cycle.
Izzy went on to explain that this was because progesterone levels are too low, you are eating a poor diet, and because of stress
Does the perfect meal really exist? Here’s what you should be eating during your menstrual cycle to help boost your health
- Breakfast: Mushroom and spinach omelette, a bowl of berries and a blend of almond milk cacao, collagen, cinnamon and raw honey to replace your coffee
- Lunch: Sautéed spinach salad with baked salmon, grilled peppers and zucchini
- Dinner: Grilled steak with roasted asparagus and sweet potatoes
- Breakfast: Avocado toast with two eggs, an arugula salad and a blend of almond milk cacao, collagen, cinnamon and raw honey to replace your coffee
- Lunch: A salad with chopped cucumbers, chicken and pumpkin seeds
- Dinner: Thai ginger chicken stir fry
- Breakfast: A bowl of Greek yogurt with berries mixed in and a cup of matcha with your choice of milk
- Lunch: Sheet pan pesto salmon with roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli
- Dinner: Pasta salad with broccoli, feta cheese and tuna
- Breakfast: Cinnamon dark chocolate overnight oats and a green apple spinach smoothie
- Lunch: Grilled Salmon burger with a side of sweet potatoes
- Dinner: Quinoa salad with shrimp, cucumbers, cilantro and lime
Paige Lindgren, from Los Angeles, California, detailed how you can boost your health and balance your hormones by just adding in leafy greens, fish and more.
During the first one to five days of your cycle, you should add ‘salmon, sautéed spinach, sweet potato, wild rice, grass-fed ground beef, hemp seeds and ground flax.’
For days six through 13, Paige suggested you incorporate ‘avocado, arugula, salads, chicken, pumpkin seeds, eggs, asparagus and lentils’ into your diet.
She added that you should eat ‘broccoli, cauliflower, tuna, yogurt, matcha, cucumbers and white beans’ to ‘help detox any excess estrogen’ during days 14 through 17.