I began to notice each month I was continually depressed during ovulation. From what I’ve heard. This is the time when I should be happiest, feeling beautiful, outgoing and turned on, but instead I was feeling sad and hopeless. I was crying, lethargic, and had a general feeling of depression.
A menstrual cycle is typically 25-35 days, with ovulation peaking around day 14.
Our pituitary glands regulate the hormones within each cycle, and the mineral magnesium plays a big role. Magnesium creates progesterone, estrogen and testosterone. Without it, our bodies can slide into hormonal imbalance and distress.
Woman are often low in magnesium, as our modern society can sure take its toll. Depleted soil from which our produce is grown, prolonged stress, sugar, carbonated beverages (phosphoric acid- look it up!), coffee, and generally poor food choices, all leave our bodies deficient.
In addition to being a hormone creator, magnesium aids in the reduction of anxiety, mood-swings, low sex-drive, and insomnia, to name a few. Our bodies know what they need, and are constantly communicating with us. Chocolate cravings? Well, chocolate is high in magnesium! You can also try incorporating almonds, leafy greens like collards and spinach, pumpkin seeds, bananas, and avocados (also a great source of fat- for healthy brain function!) into your diet to keep your magnesium levels high.
Prefer to take a magnesium supplement? Try Mary Ruth’s liquid nighttime- not sponsored! It tastes amazing and is full of great vitamins and minerals. If you’re currently taking magnesium on its own, be sure to add in a B6, or a B complex vitamin, as this is needed to complete the absorption!
Due to current gut-health issues, many people struggle with nutrient absorption through the digestive system. This means supplements or real-foods. You can try topical magnesium, as it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream, skipping the digestive process. Epsom Salt baths are a high source of magnesium and are a great self-care routine. Check out Ancient Minerals products- also, not sponsored!
I try to take a magnesium supplement daily, and an epsom salt bath one to two times per month, in addition to eating lots of leafy greens and other magnesium-dense foods. Completing a gut-cleanse bi-annually will aid in your absorption of all vitamins and minerals- check out my 21 day cleanse to reset your gut’s microbiome.
Have you ever experienced ovulation depression? Tell me your story in the comments below!