Alissa Vitti has attracted a wide and passionate audience of women (including frequent guest Gabby Bernstein) owing to her deep and profound understanding of the female endocrine system. Specifically, Vitti has poured decade of reserach into the hormone fluctuations women experience during the menstrual cycle (which Vitti calls an “Infradian” rhythm), and has developed a biohacking system by which women can eat and exercise properly depending on which phase of their cycle they’re in!
In her conversation with Maria Menounos, Vitti offered 3 incredible tips to biohack your Infradian rhythm!
Adjust Your Workouts Depending On Your Cycle Phase
Because of the hormone changes in our bodies during the four main phases of women’s Infradian cycles, certain workouts will be much more effective during certain times of the month. Vitti says that higher intensity workouts, interval training, and aggressive cardio are best during the first half of your cycle (during your menstrual and follicular phases), where as gentler workouts like Yoga, Pilates, and walking are better during the second half of your cycle (during ovulation and your luteal phases).
Consider Ditching Coffee
I know, I know, what else is going to get us going in the morning? But the effects of Caffeine can be shockingly negative in women’s reproductive wiring. Vitti offered, “Just something as simple as having caffeine on an empty stomach, for example, will disrupt your blood sugar for the next 24 hours. Women with PCOS are just as sensitive to any woman is hormonally. There’s a whole section of the new book [In The Flo] about Caffeine because it turns out 50% of the population doesn’t have, or has a genetic variation, that doesn’t allow you to make the enzymes to break to caffeine efficiently in the body. If you’re part of that 50%, you’re then developing caffeine toxicity.”
Schedule Social Events and Projects During Ovulation
During the ovulatory phase of your cycle, the hormones generated stimulate the social and productivity centers of your brain, which means it’s a great time to Get. Shit. Done (to quote another former guest, Erin Falconer!) If you have any big projects, presentations, or even an highly anticipated first date, you may find yourself performing at higher levels if you schedule those during ovulation! (Just be careful if you end up going with that gentleman from the date!)
Which bio-hacking tip are YOU responding to most? Let us know in the comments below, and make sure to watch Better Together with Maria Menuonos everyday @ 11a PT!