Aug 21, 2019
I am so excited to be chatting with my soul sister
Kate Eskuri today! This episode we’re talking all about
PERIODS. Ladies, you’re going to learn so much more than you ever
did in health class. Kate is a registered nurse, holistic health
junkie, and the voice behind
The Foundation Blog. She is currently getting her doctorate
degree in integrative health and healing and is passionate about
helping women maximize their health by simple and foundational
health practices. Our hope is that this conversation will empower
you to do research and make informed decisions for that time of the
Finding The Balance
- Kate took a year off from being a nurse in the Mayo Clinic to
work on her sister
Goal Digger Podcast. During this time, she realized
her passion for integrative health.
- “What are you doing when you’re putting off
- She knows that areas of Western medicine need improvement, but
also recognizes that this medicine is the reason we are alive today
after seeing it in action in the ICU.
- However, chronic conditions that plague our country prove a
need for a shift toward the holistic. We need to look at sleep,
stress, and diet.
- “I feel very at home in this spot in the
Becoming A Woman
“Everything in my life was very
natural but yet I was still controlling this really natural and
- Kate never felt any shame around her period. “I
just felt honored and excited about it.”
- Her periods were regular but were more frequent than they
should have been. “It
takes a while to normalize your
- Wanting to prevent this near constant bleeding, she tried the
NuvaRing but ultimately settled on the Mirena IUD which allowed her
to continue ovulating.
Cons of Hormonal Contraceptive
- “I completely trust my fellow woman to make the
choice that is best for her. There
is an option that is right for
- The hormones in contraceptives are not the exact hormones your
body would make.
- Hormonal contraception often suppress ovulation and ultimately
suppress hormones that are natural and have important
- “You’re inhibiting a very natural process that goes
a lot deeper than just your period.”
The Phases Of Your Cycle
Ladies + Gents--the below is just an overview...you
gotta listen to the whole episode to get the goods of each phase of
- Day 1: shedding the uterine lining.
- You’re maybe feeling moody or withdrawn, experiencing cramps,
and a need to slow down. It’s like the ‘winter’ season of the
- Day 3 or 4: Follicle stimulating hormone is working on the
- More energy in this phase, almost like stepping back into your
- This time is good for creative projects and you’ll experience
- “You feel energetic and attractive... it’s just a
really vibrant time.”
- Body releases egg as the pituitary gland signals for it to
- “You can’t kind of ovulate—you either ovulate or
- High energy, high sex drive, you feel attractive. Your hormones
even make you more attractive to those around you. There is a study
that shows a correlation between a woman’s scent during ovulation
and a man’s attraction to her.
- Progesterone—can make you moody and somber, but it’s really
- “It is the yin to estrogen’s
- Progesterone is calming, helps sleep, reduces inflammation, +
- “The shift from being so estrogen dominant at parts
of your cycle to progesterone dominant causes an influx of
emotion—what we see as PMS.”
Getting To Know Your Period
“Your period health says a lot about your overall
- Track Your Cycle!
- Kate journals every morning and will write about how she is
feeling on the previous day of her cycle. A few key words is all
you need—nothing flashy!
- Kate uses the Ava app and Kat uses the My Flo app.
- “Your period story does not have to be suffering
- Books To Read:
The Period Repair Manual by Laura Briden (textbook
info in novel format)
Hormonal by Martie Haselton (quick + easy relatable
Thoughts On Period Products
- Thoughts on tampons? “Invest in organic—it does
matter.” Regular tampons are covered in toxins.
- Thoughts on menstrual cups? Tampons are single use and create
waste so this is a great alternative. Kate uses
OrganiCup and LOVES it. “I can’t believe I lived
for so long without using it.” It’s easy to
clean—simply boil between cycles. It may not be for everybody—some
women say they experience more cramps using a cup.
- Thoughts on
Thinx? Kate hasn’t tried them, but Kat has some friends that
swear by them and only use them during their periods.
- “Whatever makes you feel most at home and
comfortable with your period… I say
go for it.”
You can keep up with Kate on Instagram at
@kate.eskuri or at her website
thefoundationblog.com. She shares everything from
safe ways to grow out your eyelashes to
yummy recipes. She has a post specifically about
acupressure for periods too! “It all comes back to
the base of introducing small integrative habits into your day to
live your most balanced and vibrant life.” You can
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