Went to see the much anticipated Sex and the City 2 movie this summer with my “Goils’’ which consisted of one legitimately female friend and 3 of my main Gays. Two words. Train Wreck. Not only was the wardrobe completely disappointing, (which let’s be honest, is 90% of the draw. Nobody watches this for the writing) but the characters all came across as whiny, spoily, overly-American prats! Half the movie takes place in the Middle East – the colours, the desert, the scenery – there was so much to work with, so much potential! I was picturing Missoni-esque colours mixed with flowing veil-like fabrics done tastefully, not like the garish carnival depicted on the big screen in HD. And I knew that Samantha Jones’ character was over-the-top, but that was what made her funny. In this movie, she became…trashy? Samantha rubbing estrogen cream on her punany in the office (which had glass walls, by the way)? Samantha rubbing mashed yams on her punany? Samantha rubbing everything and anything on her punany? Really? REALLY???
Speaking of yam-rubbing on the nether-regions, there is something to be said with phyto-estrogenic foods and their balancing affect on the endocrine system in women. Wild Yam, Black Cohosh, Soy – these are all effective natural substances that help balance out the female endocrine system. And this is not to say that these are sure-fire treatments. The key here, ladies, is prevention. We all know how emotionally intense things can become before each monthly menstrual cycle – but it’s almost as if the body is giving its final reproductive swan song once menopause hits, and if you haven’t done all the legwork with healthy eating, exercising and emotional cleansing by the time perimenopause hits, you’re in for quite a roller coaster ride of hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
What can one do to maintain the appropriate hormone balance? Be good to your liver. Exfoliate your skin on a regular basis. Detoxify through exercise, drink at least 2L of water a day and eat plenty of dark green leafy vegetables. Juice as much as you can. Consume soy in its cultural context (fermented forms such as miso and tempeh) not as a vegetarian burger option. Stay away from plastic as much as you can. And most importantly, do not ignore the emotional messages your body throws at you premenstrually – these are signs that there are things that need to be dealt with. I highly recommend reading Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Christiane Northrup, MD.