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Hi everyone,

I'm concerned about the growing popularity of plant-based diets and the way it seems to harm women's health. Check out my updated blog post "Calling all vegans. Tell me about your periods."

I also want to remind you about my upcoming practitioner-training events in Sydney and Perth and to catch me in what is my second-to-last visit to my Sydney consulting rooms. (To book, reply to this email or ring my assistant Lisa on 02 8011 1994.)

Finally, keep reading for my regular feature of Research and Findings, and how the British Medical Journal finally says that natural menstrual cycles are important for health.

Calling All Vegans. Tell Me About Your Periods

If you follow my page, you know how much I care about women and women’s health. I want women to be fully nourished and to eat in a way that supports ovulation and hormones.

I am, therefore, concerned about any diet that can impair ovulation or progesterone. That includes a low-carb or keto diet, which can stop ovulation and periods. That also potentially includes an exclusively plant-based or vegan diet, which can stop ovulation, but more often seems to cause longer cycles and progesterone deficiency. (But can dramatically improve period heaviness and cramps due to the benefits of removing dairy.)

I'm particularly interested in hearing from women who have been vegan for at least a year because that's how long it takes to deplete reserves of nutrients such as vitamin A, a make-or-break nutrient for period health.

Having the less active form of the enzyme (from the BCM01 gene) to convert beta carotene to vitamin A is probably why some women crash more quickly on a vegan diet. 

Tip: Bumpy skin on the back of the arms (keratosis pilaris) is a sign of vitamin A deficiency.

Continue reading...

Don't miss my upcoming Sydney and Perth events about metabolic health and "what works for women." Because the diet that works for your boyfriend may not work for you!

  • Sydney. Sun, 2 June.
  • Perth. Sun, 9 June.

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