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LA Post: How can cycle syncing can transform the way you live?
April 05, 2024
Mia Wallace - LA Post

"Cycle syncing" in the wellness community is gaining momentum and rapidly evolving from a niche concept into a full-fledged cultural phenomenon. This method involves aligning one's daily routines with a regular menstrual cycle pattern. Supporters passionately praise the advantages of aligning behaviors with cyclical hormone patterns, such as diet, physical activity, rest, and others. They have documented numerous benefits, including decreased PMS symptoms, increased energy levels, and enhanced general well-being. 

The practice of cycle synchronization has gained significant traction in recent years, largely due to the influence of Alisa Vitti's 2014 book "WomanCode," where she first established and patented the phrase. Vitti is a functional nutritionist who founded the FLO Living Hormone Center. Although scientific study on cycle syncing is currently limited, the notion has garnered attention and support because of the favorable anecdotal stories from those who have embraced it. 

The fundamental idea is that the needs of the female body undergo major variations during the four stages of the menstrual cycle due to the ever-changing hormones. A typical menstrual cycle lasts around 28 days, with some variations ranging from 23 to 35 days. The cycle begins on the first day of monthly flow.

The menstruation period typically lasts 5-7 days, during which hormone levels decrease, resulting in various symptoms such as fatigue, cramping, bloating, and moodiness when the uterine lining is shed. This transitions into the follicular phase, which lasts 1-14 days, where rising estrogen rebuilds that lining, with many reporting an uptick in vigor during this time.

Around day 14-15 marks ovulation when a hormonal spike releases a mature egg from the ovary. Some detect a subtle lift in libido and self-assuredness at this fertile peak. The luteal phase then kicks in from days 15-28 as ramping progesterone primes the uterus for potential pregnancy, and energy frequently ebbs leading up to the next menstrual onset.

For those who experience a cycle, this waxing and waning is a familiar cadence. But cycle syncing takes it a step further by purposefully tailoring routines to the hormonal landscape's push and pull. Distinct lifestyle adjustments are recommended across each phase, spanning exercise, diet, self-care, intimacy, and beyond.

On the fitness front, syncing may involve gentler practices like yoga, walking, or light cardio during menstruation. The guidance pivots to more strenuous strength training and cardio as energy ascends in the follicular upswing. Ovulation's invigorating hormonal crescendo is considered prime for high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Things then scale back to lower impacts like pilates or swimming as waning progesterone signals the premenstrual luteal decline.

Nutritional tenets shift similarly. Warming, protein-rich fare plus iron repletion from spinach, red meat, and the like is promoted for menstruation. Complex carbs, hydration, and fermented foods are favored in the follicular ramp-up. Fiber takes precedence around the ovulatory hump, while conscious carb-loading may fuel the luteal phase's amplified metabolism.  

Other pillars include leaning into extra rest and self-nurturing during depleted stretches, potentially syncing intimacy to ovulation's libido spike, and calibrating everything from sleep to social commitments to creative endeavors to one's unique rhythms.

Detractors argue cycle syncing isn't universally applicable and can reinforce outdated notions about female fragility. Some medical voices caution against overexertion during hormonal highs, and the nutritional advice needs more evidence-based grounding. There are also concerns about fueling excessive rigidity from so much monitoring and measuring.  

Still, many who sync swear by the benefits of this personalized, holistic lifestyle harmonization. Even mainstream healthcare experts acknowledge the wisdom of increased menstrual cycle awareness.

To explore cycle syncing, tracking your cycle is advisable first to establish your distinct patterns and needs. Apps like Flo and Clue can facilitate this charting process. From there, it's about experimenting to discover ideal synced tweaks.  

While no panacea, cycle syncing offers a modern framework for cyclical attunement that resonates with many. By flowing with their body's innate biorhythms, its practitioners aim to optimize hormone health, personal vitality, and overall quality of life.

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