This is a very controversial, feminine topic that needs to be discussed, as a lot of girls and women who eat a raw foods diet commonly lose their period. I lost my period eating a raw foods diet and have done the research to discover the truth on what caused this and why so many other women who have gone raw vegan also lose their period, too.
I was interviewed by Johanna Sophia, the CEO and Founder of Johanna’s Raw Foods on her Raw Food Summit, she asked me this question as I shared my testimonial about how I lost my period eating raw. You can listen to that interview here.
Period loss happens to almost every young girl or women who transitions to a raw foods diet, so it’s quite ‘normal’ to los yor period eating fully raw, as you will see this happen in the community.
Before I get into the post and share my research, let me first insert a disclaimer here: I am NOT a medical doctor nor a physician. I do not give any medical or health advise; I am simply stating the facts and sharing my experience, knowledge and research. Speak to your doctor if you feel it’s necessary.
This post is NOT intended for those with an eating disorder or ladies who have lost their period via unhealthy dieting. This post is for ladies who have lost their period the healthy way, after/while adopting a plant-based lifestyle and are curious to know why it happened and what it means.
It’s crucial that I make a few things clear in this post (and right now in this disclaimer), as many may easily take what I have said in this post out of context. I am simply sharing MY OWN experiences on how I lost my period on a raw foods lifestyle and how I got it back, along with the shocking research I have found and learned along the way. Although this happens to almost every woman or young girl who goes vegan or raw, the changes you will see may vary, especially from time to time. EVERY-BODY is different, so I can’t speak for every lady who loses her period. It’s important to note that just because a women loses her period after eating plant-based, does not ALWAYS indicate ‘cleanliness’. We would have to look at other means like her fat percentage, hormones and stress levels, etc…
I am NO doctor, holistic specialist, nor a medical practitioner in any way. Being that everybody is different, you may continue menstruating even after eating 100% raw. Whether your period will disappear completely is unknown. The body is amazing and knows exactly what to do.
It’s important to note that I am NOT encouraging ladies to lose their period. I just want to shed light on this very controversial, yet important topic that needs to be discussed. I do not expect everyone reading this post to believe me, let alone agree with what has been said in this post. Do your own research and decide for yourself. I know what has worked for me and many other women in this community.
I have researched this topic deeply, only to discover some really fascinating discoveries and truths the industry doesn’t want you to know about your menstrual cycle. I will link all my research sources for you below.
Now, onto the research.
My Experience Losing My Period
When I first got into this lifestyle back in 2012, I transitioned as a vegan, then was inspired 4 months later to eat 100% raw. Long story short, when I ate 100% raw with absolutely NO cooked foods (and remember, this is just MY experience. You may or may not have the same results as me), I was not menstruating for about 4 to 6 months! I didn’t know exactly why this was happening to my body, but took an educated guess that it was because my body was detoxing since I was eating fully raw vegan. As I began doing further research, I found out that I was not alone and there were many other women and young girls in the community who also stopped menstruating while eating a raw foods diet.
As you will learn, period loss happens to almost every lady who transitions to a plant-based, cruelly-free lifestyle.
It’s important to note that I felt GREAT not having to worry about my period every month for 6 months. I didn’t feel any less healthy and actually felt better without my period to be honest.
I know my body and have experimented with it well many times during my vegan journey to know which foods will affect and determine whether or not my menstrual cycle will ‘flow’ that month or the next month, and so fourth. Now that I’m fully raw and don’t eat cooked foods anymore, I have been able to keep my period at bay.
When I used to eat cooked foods (cooked above 118 degrees) with raw foods, my period would often come back. I noticed a fluctuation in my cycle and it was because I was on and off of cooked vegan foods and raw living foods.
Worrying You Lost Your Period?
Should woman be menstruating monthly? Is not having your period a sign of hormone imbalance? Is not having your period a sign of deficiency or that you’re unhealthy and unclean? And is not having your period a sign that your bones are weak?
Many girls who lose their period often worry and try numerous things to get it back. It’s often advised that to get your period back, you should stop exercising and eat more calories and incorporate more plant-based fats in your diet. What if I told you that almost everything you were taught about menstrual cycles was a complete LIE?! Now I don’t expect you to believe me without doing your own research. I will link my sources below for you to see for yourself.
What Your Body is Actually Telling You When You No Longer Menstruate After Adopting a Plant-Based Lifestyle
I did a lot of research about this topic and found a lot of sources that show getting your period is important and if you don’t have one, it’s a sign of weak bones (and possible osteoporosis in the future), you can’t have kids and you’re not healthy.
Unless you have an eating disorder, then your body will stop menstruating because of malnutrition. Then in that case, as I stated in my disclaimer above, the research presented here do not apply to you.
According to Markus Rothkranz, when a women loses her period on a raw foods diet, it’s a sign her body is clean. A healthy women doesn’t need her period in order to be healthy and fertile. Markus describes menstruation as your body “doing dishes” or “cleaning up”. If there is nothing to clean, there’s no reason to menstruate. And since a raw foods diet IS clean, your period naturally becomes lighter and/or disappears altogether. Your hormones will learn to balance themselves, as raw living foods are great for balancing hormones.
Is It Healthy For A Women To Lose Her Period Altogether? Is It A Draw For Concern?
Well, the draw of concern really depends on the lifestyle. We would have to look at the various reasons as to why a women or young girl lost her period and see if it was via healthy or unhealthy means.
Let’s take a look at a couple of examples.
Unhealthy Period Loss
For obvious reasons, if an anorexia or orthorexia girl or women with some kind of eating disorder unexpectedly loses her period, then this would be a great cause for concern as her reason for losing her period was due to malnutrition. When period is lost via malnutrition, this is not healthy and should be checked with a doctor.
Healthy Period Loss
If a young girl or women loses her period because she adopts a healthy, clean, plant-based lifestyle rich in organic fruits and vegetables with some nuts and seeds, exercises, feels energetic and happy – then there should be no draw for concern.
Typically, your period may come back a few months after eating a clean lifestyle. I will elaborate more on this at a later time and day.
And yes, despite contrary belief, it’s still very possible for a women or young girl who loses their period via healthy means because of a diet change (like plant-based foods), to ovulate. As long as ovulation occurs, healthy pregnancy can take place, regardless of whether the uterus lining sheds or not.
Now, which do you think is healthy? Which lifestyle would you prefer? If you could experience a lighter and shorter menstrual cycle, would you change your way of eating or would you continue to believe that heavy, long periods are
healthy and normal?
Just because something is ‘normal’, doesn’t make it healthy or right.
One thing I noticed as a vegan, my period only lasts 3-4 days (or 6 days at most) with light bleeding.
How Cooked And Raw Foods Affects My Period
Cooked foods makes my period heavy and dark, whereas raw living foods makes my flow lighter (and healthier).
Markus isn’t the only one who has his truth about the menstrual cycle topic…
Below is an excerpt from a really good book called God’s Way To Ultimate Health: A Common Sense Guide for Eliminating Sickness Through Nutrition. The book is written by Michael Dye and George H. Malkmus. Below is Chapter 13 from that book, where Rhonda Malkmus talks about PMS, menopause and diet. it’s a really good read. Click on the image to enlarge it or click here to read the full passage.
Chapter 13 in God’s Way To Ultimate Health Book. Click on the image to enlarge it or click here to read the full chapter online.
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Ladies, you may be interested to learn that if you take Marine Phytoplankton while on your period, your flow will be lighter and healthier, with less mood swings and reduced cramps, aches and pain. Marine Phytoplankton Oceans Alive is the WORLD’S MOST POTENT AND POWERFUL SUPERFOOD you can consume and incorporate in your diet. Without this one superfood, you, I or ANYTHING would not exist! Marine phytoplankton is responsible for up to 90% of all the oxygen we breathe! If I do get my period, I notice taking Marine Phytoplankton Oceans Alive while on my period really helps me bleed less and my period is shorter. I highly recommend getting your hands on this superfood.
Remember, EVERY-BODY IS DIFFERENT! I know some raw foodists who happen to still get their periods monthly while eating fully raw due to the increase of calorie consumption. If you by any chance get your period, it should be light and not heavy. The lighter you menstruate, the cleaner you are.
Tips On Getting Your Period Back
If you’re concerned about not having a period, there are herbs you can take to help you have a flow. Vitex and raspberry leaf tea are two herbs that help balance women’s hormones and supports a healthy reproductive system. Vitex in particular, helps a women shed uterine lining, giving her a natural and healthy cycle (one that is light with no severe menstrual cramps and pains, of course). Some girls report reducing their intense workout to get their period back. Incorporating steamed, cooked and/or baked foods is a good option for those wanting to get their period back.
It would be interesting to do an interview series featuring girls/women who have gone vegan and/or raw and have lost their periods. We would learn a lot. So if you’re a plant-based lady reading this, please comment below your experience. Would love to hear.
- PMS, Menopause and Diet (woman’s health) explained by Rhonda Malkmus: http://www.all-creatures.org/cb/a-pms.html
- Periods May Be ‘Normal’ But Are They Healthy? A well-documented, challenging second opinion about ‘the curse’ from Debbie Took: http://debbietookrawforlife.blogspot.ca/2009/04/periods-they-may-be-normal-but-are-they.html
- A Brief History of Period and Why You Don’t Have To Have It: http://jezebel.com/5928316/a-brief-history-of-your-period-and-why-you-dont-have-to-have-it
- Chapter 13 Excerpt From God’s Way To Ultimate Health Book: http://bigchurch.me/blog/993/post_4317.html?passthru_override=1%20target
- Transcript of Markus Rothkranz Video on Epicgenetics: http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2015/05/21/i-thought-id-seen-it-all-epigenetic-birth-control/
I’m looking to start a discussion on this topic. Please share your comments down below and your questions. Do you think menstruating is normal? Are you having trouble getting your period? Would love to hear your thoughts.
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