Freelee the Banana Girl is one of the raw vegan bloggers who claim that periods are toxic.
A heavy menstruation come with painful side effects such as cramps and headaches. Does it mean it’s better not to have a period at all? Some raw vegan bloggers encourage their readers to follow an extreme diet to lighten or lose their periods. They believe that periods are toxic.
Is Losing Your Period a Sign That Your Body is Healthy & Clean?
Miliany Bonet wrote on her blog, “Many girls who lose their period often worry and try numerous things to get it back. It’s often advised that to get your period back, you should stop exercising and eat more calories and incorporate more plant-based fats in your diet. What if I told you that almost everything you were taught about menstrual cycles was a complete LIE?!”.
Miliany Bonet is not the only blogger to lose her period and insist that it’s healthy. She roots for Markus Rothkranz who claims that a clean body is when a woman loses her period on a raw foods diet. Markus Rothkranz describes menstruation as your body “doing dishes” or “cleaning up”. If there is nothing to clean, there’s no reason to menstruate. Therefore, a healthy woman doesn’t need her period to be healthy and fertile. With a raw living foods diet, your period naturally becomes lighter and/or disappears altogether. Raw living foods are great for hormones balancing.
Losing your period is an important signal sent from your body. Doctors against your menstrual cycle alteration through a diet change. “Dieting to get rid of your period is unhealthy and anyone promoting this should be ashamed of themselves and take a first year biology course,” Dr. Jen Gunter told the Daily Mail. “This is a very dangerous idea and displays a complete lack of understanding of female biology and the human body in general. Periods are not bad or filled with toxins.
On the other hand, the Freelee banana girl believes that menstruation is toxic leaving the body. She published a controversial video that explains everything about it. Freelee was heavily criticized by some viewers and the eating-disorder charity Beat.
In response to the video, Beat defined the absence of periods as amenorrhea. “Amenorrhea has in the past been used to diagnose anorexia nervosa. Being at a low weight and restricting intake for a significant [length] of time can have other serious side effects — low blood pressure, osteoporosis, organ failure, infertility, restricted growth among others,” Beat said.
Vegan dietitian Vesanto Melina, a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, said that raw vegan diets are not an ideal vegan diet because the nutrient intake is very insufficient. Raw vegan diets are low in protein and zinc. It’s certainly possible to maintain a healthy vegan diet, but losing your period is not a good sign.
Despite critics and risks, the raw vegan bloggers remain popular.