Pale types look pale, and feel a bit lacking in energy, which comes from a blood imbalance that’s a bit similar to anaemia. Pale types either have a relative ‘lack of blood’ or the blood they have isn’t as ‘nourishing’ as it could be; either way it’s energetically less able to support the body and this creates certain symptoms and challenges to health and fertility. Blood has many important functions, including the transport of oxygen and nutrients around the body and the removal of waste products, nourishing and moistening the skin and muscles and regulating the temperature around the body. All the cells in the body rely on blood to a certain extent to provide energy, hormones and immune protection, and a problem with blood can make people feel weak and look pale.
The health of the blood is important for the skin, hair and nails, and these get thinner, more brittle and dry when blood doesn’t nourish them, and muscles and tendons get tight and achy when they’re under-nourished. As women regularly lose blood each month they’re particularly prone to blood problems, and if they have ‘pale’ symptoms they usually get worse after periods, and these include getting dizzy or light-headed on standing, breathlessness on exertion, dull or ’empty’ headaches and blurred vision or floaters in the eyes.
Blood is really important for emotional wellbeing, and a ‘pale’ situation is often linked to insomnia, anxiety, feeling vulnerable, or getting more easily upset. A classic example is post-natal depression, when a new mother is trying to recover from depleted blood and energy reserves from creating a baby, the birth, then getting to grips with the needs of a new-born. The loss of blood increases anxiety and insomnia, the focus is on the baby not the mother, so she doesn’t rest and eat, this makes her more tired and stressed and things can worsen until it becomes increasingly difficult to recover from the initial blood loss and regain equilibrium.
The period offers clues to the health of a woman’s blood, and pale types typically have short, light periods with thin, pale blood. Because it takes blood to develop the womb lining it can take longer for ‘pale’ types to grow it, which causes longer follicular phases and generally longer (or more irregular) cycles. The womb linings tend to be thinner and when the blood weakness is extreme the cycles will stop.
Lifestyle, diet, tests and treatments for pale types
Blood is a precious substance and energy resource that transports oxygen, nutrients and hormones around the body, and by increasing the quantity and quality of their blood ‘pale’ types can improve the function of ovaries (or testes) and the womb environment. It really helps to know how ‘paleness’ can develop:
i ‘High Frequency of Luteal Phase Deficiency and Anovulation in Recreational Women Runners: Blunted Elevation in Follicle-Stimulating Hormone Observed during Luteal-Follicular Transition’ M. J. De Souza, et al. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Volume 83. Issue 12, December 1, 1998.
ii ‘Menstrual cycle pattern and fertility: a prospective follow-up study of pregnancy and early embryonal loss in 295 couples who were planning their first pregnancy’. Henrik A. Kolstad, et al. Fertility and Sterility Volume 71, Issue 3, Pages 490-496, March 1999