I experience severe feelings of discomfort and low mood during my monthly periods. Please help.

There are a lot of things you can do to ease the discomfort you feel during your menstrual phase. Here is a breakdown of how you will feel because of our hormones and how you should respond to them.

Hormones: Your oestrogen and progesterone levels are low. The lining of the uterus, called the endometrium, is shed, causing bleeding. When these hormones are low your mood and energy levels will also plummet.

Mood: Since you are low on energy, you will naturally be drawn inwards and feel low. During this time, generally women have higher levels of delta brainwave activity that increases our need to want to rest and rejuvenate.

This is a good phase for you to let go of all the emotional baggage that does not deserve you. Journaling and spending time creating a vision board is a great way to cope at this time. Apparently, both lobes of your brain are highly engaged with one another at this 
time, so doing something creative yet strategising will feel more natural.

Food: Go for warm comforting foods like soups made with root veggies such as carrots and sweet potato. Including a lot of iron-rich foods like eggs, sesame seeds and green leafy veggies to your diet to support blood loss is a good idea.

Getting enough omega 3 will help reduce cramps. Organic herbal green teas can help too. Avoid refined sugar to prevent inflammation.

Exercise: Since your hormones have dropped your energy is low, so listen to your body and engage in some light, easy activities. Talking a walk on the beach, pilates, kundalini yoga or a slow jog can be helpful.

Rashi Chowdhary is a nutritionist, diabetes educator and creator of The Protein Bake Shop. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.