How the Moon Phases Affect the Woman’s Body

Did you know that the moon phases affect us emotionally, mentally and physically? From tides to different moods, the moon is believed to cause a number of things. This post will share with you how the moon phases affect the woman’s body.

How the Moon Phases Affect the Woman’s Body

Moon Phases and Menstrual Cycles

While most assumptions on how the lunar cycle affects menstruation are speculation, there have been several studies performed to try to find a correlation between the two.

In the 1980s, Winnifred B. Cutler published a study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology that studied 312 university women who were menstruating. The study found that 40 percent of participants had the onset of menstruation within two weeks of the full moon, which means they were ovulating during the “dark phase,” or second half of the moon cycle also known as the new moon, when the moon isn’t visible from earth. The study showed that 69 women had a menstrual cycle of about 29.5 days, the same length as the lunar cycle. Dr. Christian Northrup, an OB/GYN, says the phrase “moon time” was used for ages as a euphemism for menstruation, and when women lived together in clans, their menstrual cycles lined up with each other and the moon cycles.

Women have been looking to the sky for cues about their fertility for hundreds of thousands of years, and it’s even believed that the first calendars were created as a result of charting ovulation and menstruation. Since the lunar cycle lasts 29.8 days, it made sense that it would align almost perfectly with women’s menstrual cycles. By tracking your period and your body’s changes throughout the month, you’ll gain a better idea of when to expect your period, and have a clearer understanding of your body’s unique rhythms. It’s simple, just jot down your cycle—when you’re bleeding, when you experience PMS or PMDD symptoms, and then again about 14 days later when you are ovulating—in a good old fashioned journal, calendar, or agenda book. Many online calendars and agendas will already have icons for lunar phases, or you can checkout My Moontime, an excellent smartphone app for tracking your cycle and the moon.

After keeping track of your body’s cycles for a few months, you’ll know whether you tend to menstruate around the new moon—the beginning of the lunar cycle—or the full moon, which is the end of the month’s lunar cycle, or the waxing and waning periods in between. Some believe that periods should align with the new moon, since the dark-moon phase is so closely associated with rest and withdrawal for self-care. However, everyone is unique and there’s no “correct” moon phase to menstruate with.

According to Miranda Grey, author of Red Moon—Understanding and Using the Creative, Sexual and Spiritual Gifts of the Menstrual Cycle, there are two traditional menstruation patterns; “White Moon” bleeding, or menstruating with the new moon and ovulating with the full moon, and “Red Moon” menstruation, which is bleeding with the full moon and becoming fertile with the new moon. Your period will attune to both cycles over the course of your life, but to me it is so fascinating to note what’s going on in your life energetically as your body cycles.

White Moon: If your body follows a White Moon cycle, you’ll tend to bleed during the new or waning moon. Since biodynamics have shown that the earth is most fertile during full moons (when you ovulate), this cycle is most traditionally linked to fertility and motherhood. If you are a “White Moon” woman, you’ll likely feel a surge in your intuition during your period, and will feel the urge to withdraw for nourishment and self-renewal. In other words, you’re tapped out energetically and now it’s time for self-care and “you” time.

Red Moon: This cycle follows the full moon, meaning that your body bleeds during the waxing or full moon and is most fertile during the new or waning moon. Because full and waxing moon phase energies are outgoing, vibrant, and creative, some feel this is counterintuitive to menstruation. This is not the case,In ancient times, the Red Moon cycle was associated with shamanism, high priestesses, and healers. Women who tend to menstruate with the full moon are said to focus their “darker” and more creative menstrual energies outward, rather than inward, in order to nourish and teach others from their own experience. Many times, women with this cycle will be more focused on self-growth, development, mentorship, and creativity.

Moon Phases and Childbirth

The moon’s influence is what is known as the lunar effect. It has long been believed if a woman is full term around the time the moon is full, its gravitational pull can influence when she will go into labor. Just as the moon’s pull affects the waters on earth, it is believed to affect the amniotic fluid in a pregnant woman’s womb. If the amniotic sack is under pressure, it can rupture and contractions might begin. Many midwives, doulas and birth professionals will attest there is an increase in the number of births during the full moon. There are many stories about maternity wards overflowing with laboring women during the full moon phase, but so far there is no scientific evidence to support this phenomenon of the Full Moon causing childbirth. However, recent research found that cow births increase depending on the moon phase. While this doesn’t prove the same for humans the result findings should eventually lead to discoveries that can be generalized to human births.

My Experience

I have been tracking my cycle for the last couple years and have learned so much about myself. I know where I am in my cycle based on the moon phases. I have also learned how the different moon cycles affect me emotionally, mentally and physically. I think it both fascinating and insightful how our body responds to the natural rhythms and can teach us so much about ourselves.

 

 

The 3 Biggest Factors Causing Health Problems Today

When it comes to our health and well-being there are 3 biggest factors causing health problems and overall disease. Many wellness professionals would agree that these three things are important to both our physical and emotional well-being. By focusing on these three factors you can have a better chance of living happy and healthy.

3 Biggest Factors Causing Health Problems

  1. Diet & Nutrition – What we eat has such an impact on our overall health and well-being, both mentally and physically. We have become so disconnected with our food source with numerous amounts of processed foods available that many people turn to out of convenience. This has  major impact on how our body functions.
  2. Toxin Overload – We are bombarded with toxins on a daily basis. From our air, water, food and many of the products we have in our households and consider safe. This chemical overload put stress on our system and research is showing that it can be responsible for many health problems.
  3. Stress – Emotional and mental stress can be detrimental to how we function and can even manifest itself into physical pain. Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.

 

Here’s how you can make a change to improve your overall health and well-being…..

First off, the key is to say “YES” to making your health and wellness a priority! If you invest in a nice house, nice car, furniture, clothes, etc. Why wouldn’t you invest in yourself, your most precious possession. After all, we only have one body so we might as well take care of it! One common misconception is that it takes a lot of time and money to be healthy. I’m here to show you how you can live happier and healthier without breaking the bank or spending all your precious time.

As a busy wife and mom I know first-hand how overwhelming it can be on a budget and trying to live a healthy lifestyle. I spent years of taking small baby-steps towards a more proactive approach to wellness. Please don’t feel like you need to do everything at once. It will leave you feeling stressed and discouraged and will essentially leave you feeling the opposite of happy and healthy. Here are some of my resources for combating the problems listed above and easy tips and tricks that can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle.

 

Eat Healthy and Mindfully:

3 Problems with Eating Healthy

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Tips to Save Money While Eating Healthy

 

Reduce Toxin Exposure:

Everyday Toxins to Avoid for Healthy Living

5 Toxin Sources Poisoning Women

6 Easy and Natural Detox Boosters

 

Promote Healthy Mind Body Connection:

3 Tips for Beginning a Regular Meditation Practice

10 Ways to Increase Mindfulness

Meditation to Live Happier & Healthier

How to Raise Vibration Naturally

Tips for Urban Gardening in a Small Space

Do you wish you could grow your own foods but think that you don’t have the time, energy or space that a garden requires? I felt the same way and am so excited to begin urban gardening to teach my kids about gardening and growing their own food and to be able to eat locally grown produce that can help lower our grocery bill. The purpose of this post is to share with you tips for urban gardening in a small space and how to grow aeroponically.

Our Disconnection with Food

As a culture we have become so disconnected with our food. This leads to mindless eating such as the over consumption of processed foods, health problems, obesity, etc.

Backyard gardening can help inspire you to take an interest in the origins of your food and make better choices about what you put on your plate. It is a great way to help you eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and perfect if you have picky eaters. You decide what kinds of fertilizers and pesticides come in contact with your food, or that don’t. It lets you control when to harvest your food. Vegetables that ripen in the garden have more nutrients than some store-bought vegetables that must be picked early because you can eat them at their peak instead of getting them as their nutrients deplete daily.

For me personally, I have not had much success with gardening. All goes well for a few weeks, but after awhile I get busy and forget to give TLC to my plant friends, mainly because they aren’t as vocal as kids and dogs when they need to be taken care of, I get distracted and everything ends up dying. I recently found a great solution and my whole family loves it! It’s called Aeroponic gardening and it’s perfect for urban gardening, especially in small spaces! We have a small patio area and this option is perfect for people who have space restrictions, it also eliminates the need for weeding, tilling and watering. Aeroponics is also a smarter choice environmentally because it requires only 10% the space and as little as 2% of the water as traditional growing methods use to grow 30% more and three times as fast.

 

Benefits of Aeroponic Gardening:

  • Delivers nutrients directly to the plant roots
  • Completely programmable technology conserves energy
  • Closed-loop system conserves water
  • Conserves water through runoff absorption into roots
  • Moisture control for better plant growth
  • Crops are easier to harvest in the absence of soil
  • Higher density crops optimizes output
  • Reduce labor cost through automation
  • Produces higher quality food in a controlled environment
  • Reduced risk of disease and pest infestation in a controlled environment
  • No need to immerse immerse roots in water which offers more control
  • Roots are provided with better exposure to oxygen
  • Produces more food with less effort

My Aeroponic Gardening Experience:

As I mentioned before, when it comest to gardening I have a bit of a brown thumb. My intentions are good, but at this point in my life, I don’t have much time for all the effort and energy that comes with gardening. Yet, as a health advocate I am passionate about the benefits of growing your own food. Also, as a homeschooling mom, I know how important it is to teach my kids about nutrition and want to create a closer connection with the foods we eat. What I love most about the TowerGarden is that it makes it so easy to grow your own food! It’s set to a timer so I don’t have to worry about watering it. It doesn’t contain soil so I don’t have to worry about weeding anything and it saves so much water. The reservoir holds a good amount a water and recycles itself so it uses 90% less water than conventional gardening! The nutrients (calcium, magnesium, other essential minerals) help everything to grow so much faster too!

After doing some assessment into how we could reduce our grocery budget and reduce food waste I discovered that we throw away lots of veggies and greens each month and I felt that this was a perfect way to have a garden we can easily manage, the kids can get to grow their own foods which excites them and makes them more inclined to eat more veggies and we are saving money! It’s a Win/Win! I have had my eye on a Tower Garden for a few years now and finally decided the time was right to invest in one for my family. I couldn’t be happier. And in a few weeks we will be adding to our Tower Garden family with another one to grow even more food! It’s so easy! I set it up in about 20 minutes (without my husband! I was so proud!) I setup a timer and it completely waters itself! No more forgetting and drying up my entire garden. We have an abundance of lettuce and greens daily and the garden is just starting! I can’t wait for the tomatoes to take off! And I love the sound of the Tower Garden when it waters itself. Just like a peaceful waterfall!

Check me out on Instagram to watch my Tower Garden updates including my IG stories where I usually have videos on how my garden is growing, harvesting and making yummy meals, etc. If you are thinking of getting a Tower Garden for yourself you can find more info here or you can email me directly to ask any questions! I’m always here to help!