Are women really cursed or are they simply doing something wrong? Were women in China really benefiting from soy, or was it their otherwise healthy diet?
I've read recently some claims about a mucus free diet, the raw food diet, and the vegan diet. All 3 appear to make positive claims in regard to menstruation, and I think we can glean something from each.
The mucus free diet (covered in the link above) may be difficult for the economically challenged. Most of the mucus inducing foods are cheap and filling. If you're having a hard time giving up these mucus producing foods, consider what people use for cleanses like lemon juice mixed with water. The mucus free diet can take a month to see benefits.
The raw diet could be extreme, and I'm not totally convinced by it: Raw vs Cooked. People don't often take to it very well at first, but proponents of it claim great results in the long run. I think the best reason the raw food diet is great is because it eliminates processed foods and additives. Now while cooking may enhance our ability to extract vitamins from some foods, it also plays a part in sweetening and increasing sugar absorption / spiking as well. This is one of the few reasons that the raw food diet is good for diabetics.
The vegan diet isn't for everyone, and carries with it the animal welfare cause. Naturally proponents will attribute their success's to their diet, but gloss over vitamin b-12 and other deficiencies it can cause. I believe what the success's indicate is that most women are eating too much flesh, or not enough fruit and vegetable.
Taking all this into account, women concerned should probably experiment with these different approaches. There are differences in dietary needs of people based on climate, and genetics. People living near the equator will thrive on mostly fruit and veggies while those living near the poles will survive almost entirely on meat.
The following is from a site which alleges that Menstruation is not natural, but is caused by diet:
Menstruation as we know it IS common, so common it is "the norm", and in that sense alone "normal". But it certainly is not healthy - or necessary.
The body is over-burdened by the task of dealing with excess protein and fats, with the large amounts of sugar and salt consumed daily, and with the often unavoidable external pollutants taken in day after day in modern living. Overwhelmed with this difficult-to-dispose-of debris, the body stores what it can't eliminate in the fat cells and inside blood vessels, organs and joints, often walling off or "encysting" the rubbish. Debris from incomplete digestion builds up in the intestine and over-worked organs of elimination, blocking normal organ function. A condition of bodily poisoning exists.
Don't be paranoid about salt! I believe avoiding it is why I'd get frequent throat infections in the past.
I like that guy in the video and believe what he says from personal experience.
Ever since I started eating more whole foods and actually craving veggies over any type of dessert my symptoms have almost gone. I munch on raw veggies while cooking. lol My man moans how I don't cook many sweets, but the reality is I just don't want that stuff and whole foods are more appealing. Exercise is a must though, and even 1 hour a day yanking weeds is good.