“To get a period, you need to be fully nourished in every respect. That means enough calories and enough micronutrients such as zinc and iodine…” This quote comes from a book entitled “Period Repair Manual” written by naturopathic physician Lara Briden. It is one of a few books that I routinely suggest women read to get a better understanding of how to interpret their cycles.

Why is your period more than just your period? Because it is a window to your overall health. It can also be a window to your overall nutritional health as Dr. Briden sums up so well.  First and foremost we have to consider whether your body has assurances that there is plenty of food (calories) available to allow it to be fertile. Strange you may be thinking – perhaps you are like other women who have been told that losing weight could result in more regular cycles. Yet there is a balance between achieving appropriate weight loss and potentially under-eating. And although you may not be planning a pregnancy, having regular periods is a sign of good fertility which depends on overall good health.

Beyond adequate calories, we need to look at several other key dietary factors.  Certainly sufficient high quality protein is important, and while there is no one-size-fits all carbohydrate intake, it is not generally a good idea to eat too few or too many high carbohydrate foods.  Micronutrients include not only the two minerals she mentions, but an array of essential vitamins and other minerals, more than 2 dozen are required in adequate quantities and just as importantly, in balance with the others.

My mission is to uncover where you might be lacking in nutrients, and where you might be consuming foods or ingredients in foods that actually detract from your overall health and nutritional status. Going beyond diet, I then work to help you identify other lifestyle habits and influences that disrupt your body’s natural hormonal signals and put your periods out of whack.

While I highly recommend “Period Repair Manual,” I don’t recommend women go it alone when trying to fine-tune their nutrional intake.  It only takes one dietary imbalance to stress a women’s body and possibly disrupt the regularity of her cycle.  Give me a call (919-800-0343) or send me an email (  and let’s talk about your needs and goals.

In the meantime, you can start reading Dr. Briden’s book for free: