Even though periods are a normal and natural part of a woman’s life, many women find that their periods are an intrusion or an interruption to their day-to-day life. Every month mother nature brings us cramps, bloating, bad skin and a whole mix of emotions and mood swings.
There are things that you can do to make your period slightly more bearable.
Know Your Cycle
The menstrual cycle has four phases and until you learn the changes that happen to your body, you may not be able to see how it affects other parts of your life. Your cycle begins with your period or the bleeding phase which lasts anywhere from 4-7 days. It is advisable to stay off too much salt and alcohol during this stage because it comes with bloating. This is the period when the cramps and physical symptoms tend to show. Periods bring about hormonal changes that affect mood, appetite, complexion, energy levels and so much more. To experience the benefits of being in tune with your cycle, brush up on the different cycle phases, and find a tracking method that works for you whether that is an app or just a traditional calendar- to understand which stage you are at.
Don’t Forget To Rest
Your period is triggered when your progesterone levels drop, causing the lining of your uterus to break down and shed. During this phase, your hormones and energy are at the lowest, as your body clears out what’s no longer needed and prepares for new growth. This time requires rest and replenishment, and by trying to push through and force intense workouts or peak productivity you risk depleting your body of nutrients and energy needed for your upcoming cycle, which can lead to inflammation, burnout and increasing your risk for continual PMS, cramping, bloat and painful periods. It may seem impossible but finding time to rest and allow yourself to sleep without guilt can help you restore energy and have a healthy cycle.
The importance of a beneficial diet during your period cannot be overemphasized. Your hormones are at their lowest during your period so it is important to help the body replenish and remineralize with foods that can help you keep your energy and mood stable while your brain adjusts to the downshift in your cycle. Leafy green vegetables and foods loaded with iron and zinc should be considered.
Opt For A Superior Period Product
Conventional period products (tampons, pads, etc.) are often expensive and contain known toxins, including aluminum, alcohol and fragrance additives. But perhaps worst of all, they’re bleached in the production process, leaving behind traces of dioxin and other toxins in our bodies that can lead to cramping, painful periods and hormone imbalances like endometriosis. Using a menstrual cup that is made with a non-toxic, ultra-soft silicone formula, eliminates the need for toxic period products and saves you money.
It may seem counterintuitive but it is important to avoid high-intensity workouts during your period, which puts additional strain on your adrenals, causing you to pump out more stress hormone cortisol to sustain enough energy during your workouts.