How to Use the Keto Diet for a Balanced Menstrual Cycle (and Better Sex)

During an in-depth consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor (one in which I was diagnosed as Pitta and prescribed cooling foods and massage), I was also told to consider my hormones. I'd gone into detail about my period, specifically the severity of my PMS symptoms, when the doctor told me a shift in that way meant something was up. 

"Even without knowing a thing about hormones, most of us intuit when our menstrual cycles are out of whack (and as such could benefit from key lifestyle changes)," notes Laurie Steelsmith, a naturopathic physician and the author of Great Sex Naturally: Every Woman's Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine. "Periods associated with too little or too much—from missing a period to bleeding more heavily than usual—are your body's natural way of saying that something has gone awry. Exacerbated PMS symptoms—in short, feeling worse than normal in the week leading up to your period—can also indicate hormones that have gone haywire."

Before making an appointment with my usual Western medicine doctor, I was intrigued to see how my diet may be affecting things. Turns out, it probably is. Steelsmith offers insights into the benefits of the keto diet for balancing my menstrual cycle (and having better sex, FYI). Below, find her thoughts.