The last few days I’ve been feeling under the weather. OK… let’s be honest. I have my period.
My period has the fun habit of giving me some debilitating cramps, often with a side of dizziness, a drop in blood pressure, and just general desire to sleep.
It’s been a hard and scary road to navigate this once per month, but I’ve made some headway on it. I now know that I’m not going to vomit. I know that sitting/laying down is my friend. I know to drink an electrolyte powder and get warm as soon as possible. But even with this adjustments, my period days land me way more fatigued than usual.
I turned to my pantry full of random powders and adaptogens and herbs to see what could help me out. I landed on cordyceps.
Cordyceps is a powerful medicinal mushroom that increases athletic stamina and energy. I include it here to improve my energy and cognitive function. I buy my cordyceps powder from Mountain Rose Herbs, because they’re fanatical about sourcing organic, traceable ingredients.
I mix the cordyceps in a base of homemade hemp milk (you could use store-bought if you prefer), because hemp seeds have a super healthy mix of omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids. I also include Brain Octane (or you could use your favorite MCT oil) for a boost of medium chained triglycerides (MCTs), which are fats that are processed quickly, more like carbs, meaning you get the energy you need faster.
A little banana and honey give you a delicious flavor, plus some carbs to get your body going.
I drink this tonic warm because I have a vata dosha, but you can choose to make this a cold drink as well during the hot summer months.
This drink is perfect for period time, for early mornings, and days when you have a big workout ahead.
Any other ladies experience the fatigue I do when that time of the month rolls around? How do you invest in self-care during those times?
- 1 cup water
- ¼-1/2 tsp cordecyps powder (start with less if you've never used it before)
- 1 tbsp hemp hearts
- ½ frozen or fresh banana
- ½ tsp honey (more or less as you wish)
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp Brain Octane or other MCT oil
- ½ tbsp nut butter (peanut or almond)
- pinch of salt
- hemp seeds and acai powder to top (optional)
- Heat your water almost to boiling.
- Mix all ingredients except toppings in a blender until smooth (~15-30 seconds).
- Pour your ingredients into a glass, top with hemp seeds and acai powder if you wish, and serve!
Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day,
Samantha Attard, PhD, is the founder of Happy Healthy Human. Sam is a performance coach and yoga instructor who helps people eat, move, and live with intention. Learn more here.