Understanding the Infradian Rhythm from Female Hormone Health Coach Expert: Lindy

Lindy Glow Interview

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Lindy’s wellness and holistic education started at the age of 18, around the same time she began her modeling and entertainment career. She worked 6 jobs, danced in a competitive company, and attended College full-time, while also traveling in and out of Toronto and New York City. In addition to her packed schedule, she was also on birth control at this point in her life and her mental health was slowly spiraling out of control. With a desire to be the size of a Victoria’s Secret model, she developed body dysmorphia, and depression, had suicidal thoughts, and deprived her body of nutrition and self-care. In response to her years of struggle, she developed ‘Lindy Glow’ – a worldwide Women’s Lifestyle Brand that educates girls, teens, and adults in their menstruation years about their infradian rhythm. This program teaches you how to create a better lifestyle for optimal health, focusing on bringing balance to the endocrine and nervous systems.

You can find additional details of her background here: 

https://www.lindyglow.com/#find-your-glow 

Interview – Hormone University

At Hormone University (HU),  we pride ourselves in providing tested products and educational content to women incurring hormonal imbalances – be it PCOS, PMS, perimenopause, menopause, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, etc.  

We warmly welcome Lindy to educate our audience in her professional area of expertise on infradian rhythms and the importance of understanding them for hormonal health.

1. One of the goals of HU is to help women come to terms with their mental and physical health. What are some of the red flags that women tend to avoid or deny as they enter midlife?

The main red flag in women midlife or not, is the lack of education and understanding of their bodies. It’s not our fault. In Westernized culture, we aren’t given the tools to truly understand ourselves. Living life without the infradian rhythm guidance is like walking blind without assistance. Over time you will be able to master your home, and eventually a functioning lifestyle, but without the guidance and knowledge of what to do with what you have, it sure brings a lot of difficulties and struggles. Hot flashes, cramps, insomnia, mood swings, low libido, and fatigue are all symptoms of underlying issues. The notion of women being “cursed” sounds like a way to keep women ill, weak, and controlled. Put time into understanding you, all of you. 

2. In simple terms, can you educate our audience about what an infradian rhythm is? How is it different from the circadian rhythm?

The Infradian Rhythm is a biological clock of our endocrine system. Production of our sex hormones creates the menstrual cycle. It is why we ovulate, make babies, and have a period. The Infradian Rhythm is broken down into four hormonal phases. Each phase is a hormonal shift. Estrogen, Progesterone, and Testosterone fluctuate. Your Infradian Rhythm can be affected by physical or mental stress, foods, sleep, social life, habits, general lifestyle, bad relationships, poor communication, sex, brain activity, and/or physical activity. Circadian Rhythm is a hormonal pattern that is synchronized with the sun coming up and going down. This affects and focuses on the hormonal shifts of cortisol, testosterone, estrogen, and melatonin. Both are rhythms and both have to do with the endocrine system’s function. One is to make humans, and the other is for all life connections.

3. One of our highly favored products is Period SOS. What are some of the common symptoms women experience before they tap into their monthly infradian rhythm?

Well, once you “tap into” your infradian rhythm it doesn’t stop. Puberty hits and you menstruate until premenopausal, then menopause. So maybe this question is asking what are some common symptoms you get before your period? The hormonal phase before your period is called Luteal Phase. This is the phase that most women experience premenstrual syndrome also known as “PMS”. Bloating, backaches, anxiety, mood swings, low libido, fatigue, constipation, and weight gain (specifically lower belly area) are all common symptoms women experience. This is a great indication you might need to Find Your Glow with Lindy Glow. You should not be experiencing those symptoms. That is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. And if they aren’t addressed during your menstruation years, you will see the repercussion during your premenopausal and menopausal years.

4. At HU, we provide products with a transdermal application for quick absorption and avoidance of unwanted digestive side effects. What are some ways by which women can optimize their digestive health as they go through their monthly infradian rhythms?

You can make certain dietary choices as you go through the different stages of the infradian rhythm. Let me break it down sweet and simple right now with you guys: 

Follicular phase: Focus on gut health and resetting your microbiome. Live bacteria foods, fermented. Also fresh foods high in water like celery, watermelon, and cucumbers. 

Ovulation phase: Eat as much raw plant base as you can. Great time for juice cleanses. Fresh foods with high fiber. 

Luteal phase: Avoid fasting or missing meals. Eating higher dense nutritious foods. Rooted vegetables, darker green leafy vegetables, darker farm-raised meats. 

Menstrual phase: Think warm and cozy. Good time for a soup cleanse. Bone broths, Oatmeal, herbal teas, Fish, Organic Soy-based products, dark chocolate. Each week your meals should look different. 

I would recommend going to my website, Lindyglow.com, and downloading my free grocery list. This guide helps you understand the four phases of the Infradian Rhythm and Lindy’s guide on how to eat for the glow.

5. What are some services you provide to menstruating women to manage their pain?

I have a three-month coach program called Find Your Glow. It is a one-on-one, virtual, once-a-week meeting. I educate you on the infradian rhythm while showing you what yours is. First thing first, are your hormonal patterns balanced? If so, then we can jump into adapting your lifestyle with your infradian rhythm. If not, then we will start with your personalized plan and master that, then sync your lifestyle with your infradian rhythm. The personalized plan I  design is built to the needs of the individual. Your plan will not benefit another person. Find Your Glow comes with a one-of-a-kind personalized plan just for you and your longevity goals. Because Lindy is all about Longevity.

6. We also provide Super Rich Magnesium Lotion to help PMS, perimenopausal, and menopausal women sleep better. How do the different stages of the menstrual cycle affect sleep for women?

During the luteal phase, progesterone rises and then falls once the body realizes it did not attach an egg fertilized by sperm. Fluctuating levels of progesterone can cause insomnia. Magnesium helps regulate progesterone (and estrogen) imbalances and hence improves sleep quality. Cortisol creation affects sleep as well. During your follicular and ovulation phase, your body naturally creates cortisol. When your body transitions into luteal, it stops the creation of cortisol and starts the production of progesterone. During this phase, if your body goes into a stress/fight or flight mode, progesterone creation will stop and cortisol will start. This can lead to not only sleep issues but weight gain, anxiety, mood changes, depression, and more.

7. ​As women approach their period, they often feel low. Fortunately, the magnesium in our lotion helps improve mood by raising dopamine levels. What are some sources of foods rich in magnesium you can recommend for women to improve their mood patterns?

Some foods rich in magnesium are almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, spinach, avocados, bananas, dark chocolate, oats, quinoa, okra, black bean, and lima bean.

8. A significant culprit behind adrenal fatigue in women is endocrine disruptors. These are chemicals found everywhere - be it in our food, water, products we apply and clean our bodies with, etc. At Hormone University, we have developed the seal of approval which certifies products and/or services that are free of these disruptors. In addition to being careful of our product choices, what are some lifestyle changes you recommend for women to adapt to their infradian rhythm?

There are several lifestyle changes one can make to minimize exposure to endocrine disruptors. Some of these changes include eliminating poor food choices, taking nutritional supplements, drinking herbal tea, seed cycling, and of course, practicing self-care. By honing our  communication skills, physical activity, adapting work/career schedule to the infradian rhythm, practicing journalling and mindfulness, and finally focusing on love life, sleep schedule, and water intake, the health consequences of these chemicals can be greatly avoided. At the Find Your Glow program, we provide personalized plans to achieve the aforementioned changes and ultimately improve the balance of your infradian rhythm.

9. What types of exercises do you recommend for women as they go through the different stages of the menstrual cycle?

This conversation is different depending on what kind of biogenetic make up you have. Is this person an athlete or does this person work from 9am-5pm with little average movement? Big difference when it comes to what I would recommend. But in a general sense, this is what I would recommend for someone trying to balance their workouts to their infradian rhythm. During your Menstrual Phase, rest and recover. Focus on stretching, massage, yoga, and taking a nap. Yes, I said taking a nap as a form of your menstrual phase workout routine. This is all about rest and repair. Your body while sleeping will rebuild and replenish what it needs to. Rest is NEEDED! Do not ever restrict yourself from it, and in fact maybe force yourself to do it randomly while on your period. Follicular Phase is all about cardio. Getting a good sweat with a high heart rate. I recommend running at least 3 days of your follicular phase. When you transition into the ovulation phase, keep the heart rate high but add in some strength. Some great examples are HIIT, boxing, and cycling. Luteal phase is broken into two parts. First week focuses on lowering the heart rate but keeping up with strength workouts. Think heavy lifting. Some would say this is “bulking season”. The second week of this phase your body is slowing down on hormonal development. Focus on elongating and strengthening your muscles. So pilates, ballet, bare, and yoga are all good options during this time. Each week your workout routine should look different. You want to work with your natural cortisol creation, not against it.

10. Is exercise a good idea for women who experience cramps? If not, what alternative strategies would you recommend for them to take control over their health?

I would recommend daily exercise to anyone experiencing cramps. Cramps could be an indication that your ovaries aren’t getting proper blood flow. Easy movement you can do daily is 100 jumping jacks to keep your blood cycling once a day. Focusing on abdominal workouts will help rush blood to the reproductive area. Other great techniques to help cramps besides exercise is having an orgasm. This stimulates the reproductive system and sends blood to the entire area.

Thank you Lindy!

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