We’re sharing a guide to period “personality types”, according to Ayurveda from Deepak Chopra-approved expert and author of Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda, Sahara Rose. Take the quick quiz and discover exactly what your bod needs most during that time of the month…
Periods are like belly buttons. No two are the same.
Periods vary as widely as types of digestion (which I discuss in this article), except it’s way less talked about, so we often don’t know what a “normal” period is supposed to look and feel like!
Believe it or not, periods aren’t supposed to be painful. You’re not supposed to have a week of cramps and a pile of Hershey’s Kiss wrappers every time your body flows.
According to ayurveda – the world’s oldest health system, in which I am an expert (and best-selling author) – our menstruations are sacred cycles that tell us a lot about our internal health. In fact, we can tell which dosha is out of balance just by observing our periods!
Doshas are based on the natural elements; the word dosha in ayurveda means energy. The three doshas are vata (air), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth). We are all comprised of these three doshas, but in varying amounts. Some of us are naturally more vata and airy (think cold, bloating, gas, constipation) while others are more pitta and fiery (think hot, acidic, aggravated digestion, inflammation) and others are more kapha and earthy (think cool, easily gaining weight, slow digestion and metabolism).
Our doshas can fall out of balance from not eating the right foods for our dosha, toxicity, hormonal imbalance, stress, inactivity, over activity, lack of sleep and a host of other reasons. Periods are great indicators of our imbalances because they’re a reflection of what is going on inside our body.
It’s important to address period problems before they manifest into graver illnesses such as early menopause, PCOS, amenorrhea, osteoporosis, fibroids, cysts and other issues we do not want to be dealing with. Ayurveda gives us an even closer look by giving us the framework of the three doshas so we can narrow down the exact cause of our menstruation mishaps. We always must treat the root cause of our imbalance with diet and lifestyle so it doesn’t reoccur in the future. Taking a pill is only masking a symptom rather than addressing the cause of the problem. Through ayurveda, we are able to pinpoint the root of the problem and build a healing lifestyle around it to bring our bodies back into balance.
Many of these answers none of the options apply; then what?
I like the idea of the quiz but some of the options didn’t apply but I had to choose one anyway to move on to the next question which doesn’t really make it that valid. My main issue with my period is migraines….that’s my tell tale that my period is coming and it usually lasts for days. Everything else in my body and emotions is the same as any other day.
Hi Alexis! Thanks for your comment – we’ve updated the quiz to include a ‘none of the above’ option. As for your migraines, take a peek this post: https://dev.thechalkboardmag.com/natural-headache-remedies
Hopefully some of those remedies will help!
Thank you. I have done all on that list besides the magnesium. I will try magnesium and see if that helps. I’ve been suffering these migraines for about 20 years if not a little longer. I would love for them to leave my life. The only thing that usually helps is prescription migraine medication which I hate taking because I live a pretty holistic life. But having a 1 year old baby that I am still breast feeding I haven’t been able to take much for them for 2 years now, so I suffer through for usually 3-4 days of a neausiating migraine 🙁
Why do we have to choose suffering? Pain and out of balance emotions? For this to be accurate can you please add a none of the above button for the elite eaters and super healthy among us?
I too suffer migraines,I found magnesium and b2 vitamins have alleviated the migraines along with cutting back on caffeine, lighter meals no nitrate foods and easy exercise such as walking and stretching.
Hi ladies! Thank you for the feedback! We’ve updated the quiz to include a ‘none of the above’ option for all questions. xx
There’s nothing ‘sacred’ about suffering, retards.
Butterbur for migraines! It helps