This post comes from guest blogger, Heather Rampolla, founder of RawAndNotAlone.com and author of 30 Juice Recipes to Feel Healthy, Happy, & Hot. Heather generously whipped up delicious juice recipes tailored for the needs of each week of your monthly cycle to counter fatigue, boost your mood, nix bloat and more! Read on to find out how to use her fresh juice recipes to improve your…
Week 1: Boost Iron Levels
Your body needs iron to maintain energy especially during your period. As you bleed, your body’s reserves of iron get depleted, which causes you to feel tired, foggy and weak. Boosting your iron intake will reverse these symptoms as well as ease painful periods and help if you experience heavy bleeding.
Try this juice recipe to boost your iron levels:
Iron Booster Juice
4 Kale leaves
1/2 small Watermelon (or 4 cups cubed)
Kale is a super nutrient-dense green and can be grown all year round; however, if you aren’t able to get your hands on kale, you can also use spinach or collard greens since these are also high in iron.
Week 2: Feeling Like A Goddess
During Week 2 of your cycle, you’re feeling more confident, adventurous and sexy. Take it to the max with this special juice recipe to boost your libido. You’ll also love the bold, beautiful color of this juice to match your mood!
Feel Sexy Juice
1 Fennel bulb
1/2” knob Ginger
1 cup Mint leaves
3 cups Grapes
The key ingredients in this recipe are the fennel and ginger. If you’re not a big fan of fennel, still try this recipe. The truth is that fennel offers too many health benefits to pass up. By design, I created this recipe for those who are not crazy about the fennel taste. Hint: both the mint and grape mask the licorice flavor of fennel in this recipe.
Week 3: Seeking A Pick-Me-Up
Your mood starts to dip during this “pre-PMS” week. You may start to feel sleepy and anti-social as your estrogen dips and progesterone rises. For an instant perk, drink chlorophyll-rich foods (think dark leafy greens). It’s like drinking liquid sunshine! Plus, juices take the least amount of energy for your body because there’s no “digestion”. Since there’s no fiber, the nutrients reach your bloodstream more quickly and give your stomach (and body) a rest.
There are two great aspects to the juice recipe below: 1) It provides an instant pick-me-up and 2) It allows your body to release excess water that it tends to hold onto during this week.
Bloat Be Gone Juice
1 cup Spinach
1/2 bunch Parsley
Week 4: Mood Booster & Hormone Stabilizer
You’ll likely become more irritable and moody due to your hormones dropping during this premenstrual week. You can lift your spirits by sipping fennel juice, which triggers the production of endorphins–feel-good brain chemicals that spur an upbeat mood. In addition, vitamin B complex (found in yams and leafy greens) can decrease the severity of PMS. And, vitamin E (found in turmeric, cabbage, carrots, dandelion leaves, apples and beets) helps stabilize hormone levels. Since this week is usually the hardest on you, I created two juice recipes specifically designed to face these challenges head-on during your Week 4.
Mood Booster Juice
1/2 bunch Dandelion leaves
Hormone Stabilizer Juice
1/3 head of Cabbage
1 Fennel bulb
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
Heather Rampolla is creator of Raw And Not Alone, which provides motivation and resources for aspiring raw veggie lovers (and wanna-be veggie lovers). Check out RawAndNotAlone.com for tips and recipes to incorporate more fresh produce into your lifestyle. Heather is also the author of 30 Juice Recipes to Feel Healthy, Happy, & Hot. If you seek more juice recipes for your health make sure to get your hands on this book.