It’s tough being a woman. And I don’t mean that in a figurative sense.
As we enter puberty, our hormones continually fluctuate. Sometimes, our periods don’t regulate until we are in our early twenties. Some ladies confess that they never get regular periods at all. Many of us experience mood swings that may lead to mental health issues.
As we enter the child-bearing age group, we discover that all of this is because of an underactive thyroid, or simply hypothyroidism. Other symptoms include:
- lethargy (hard time waking up, always tired, slower thinking)
- weight gain
- muscle aches and weakness (back pains, ladies?)
- irregular periods or heavy periods
This is also linked to a silent “demon” called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
PCOS is often genetic, but external factors like diet, stress, and lack of exercise contribute to the benign cysts that grow in our ovaries (hence, the name). I am one of those women living with PCOS, and because it is not a “popular” disease in the Philippines, my womanhood is stigmatized.
I’m sure a lot of women in the Philippines have it too, but it’s not as well documented as it is in developed countries, like in the United States. If I interview women who have no idea what PCOS is, they’ll always say “Ah, I have irregular periods. It’s normal.”
M’dear, it ain’t normal.
What is… worse?… is that I’m also living with bipolar disorder, so you can imagine how I feel when I think of all of these conditions. That’s why it’s important to have an appointment with an OB-GYNE as young as 18 or even 16 years old, and a fertility specialist at the age of 25.
This is why it is extremely important for everyone to be educated about reproductive health—and it is a big wonder for me since reproductive health education is still named as “sex education.” (Personally, I’m okay with the family planning bit.)
Reproductive health is not only about sexual intercourse. To simplify my vagina and a man’s penis is to disrespect the whole order of the cosmos. Reproductive health is about putting order into things. It’s about love. For ourselves, nature, and the universe. It’s about taking care of ourselves when we are at a time to extend the universe.
So, ladies, it’s not normal to have irregular periods. It’s also not normal to be depressed, to be in pain, and to always get sick. We are creatures of the universe, and we must flow with the universe. We are created to be happy and healthy; so what is stopping us from being so?
From the universe we extract some healing power. One such potent mineral is magnesium.
Magnesium is a natural element found in green leafy vegetables, grains, avocados, and banana. It’s also found in fish. And chocolate. It looks like we eat a lot of these, but we put in a lot of junk in our bodies that magnesium gets saturated.
If you want to get affordable and effective supplements, you can get Magnesium Chelate from Healthy Options (PhP559.00), or Epsom salt (PhP99.00) from the same store.
How do you know if you have a magnesium deficiency? Do what I did: go to a doctor and get some blood work done. But if you can’t get tested yet, find out if you have any of these symptoms of magnesium deficiency.
But whether or not you have a magnesium deficiency, it’s still good to take a supplement to help you absorb other vitamins and minerals like calcium. It has a vital role to “300 enzyme functions, including DNA and RNA stability”. Magnesium is also known to regulate “electrolyte balance, metabolism, and and other biochemical reactions.” (Source)
Furthermore, it helps regulate your thyroid. The thyroid cannot function properly without magnesium. And when the thyroid can’t work well, you’ll feel waaaay down.
What do women experience when their periods are irregular? Mood swings, PMS, personality changes. When magnesium helps work on the thyroid, it helps women in alleviating PMS, depression, lethargy and insomnia. It won’t directly help you regulate your period, but along with appropriate diet and exercise, you’ll be able to get your period back. You’ll be able to flow freely in the universe.
Now you see how things are connected to each other.
Two weeks after I took my first dosage of magnesium, I started feeling the effects. I was sleeping well, feeling energized at the right time, and generally felt good about myself. I experimented for a while and didn’t take magnesium for a month. I felt a little bad… as if a lot of energy just slowly exited my body day by day.
If you don’t want to take magnesium orally, you can get Epsom salt. It’s a chemical compound of magnesium and sulfate, and mix a handful into your bath. You can also get a basin with warm water that can fit your two feet and soak them there for 30 minutes. This helps people who easily feel cold.
It does wonders: After a day of working and keeping myself on my feet, I get soak my feet in an Epsom salt solution (while doing my Oil Cleansing Ritual), and I totally feel good.
So, ladies and gentlemen, magnesium is magic. Magnesium is essential. Take it religiously.