Hey Ladies! Do you suffer from painful periods? Have unbearable cramps and bloating? Wish you could have a better period?…
Good news! I’m here to tell you that there are a few changes you can make during your period that can help reduce those dreadful symptoms significantly. I use to suffer from terrible periods for years and one day I said to myself “enough is enough”! I researched dozens and dozens of different natural remedies from yoga to Yoni steaming and even acupuncture. Some were a hit and others a flop, but after a few months of trial and error I eventually found a few go-to practices that have helped me eliminate my cramps (completely) and improve my comfort during my period. Keep reading if you would like to feel more in control during your monthly visit from Mother Nature. 😉
Being mindful of what you’re eating is truly a game changer. A week leading up to my period I eliminate red meats and processed foods from my diet and increase my iron and omega 3 intake with more leafy greens and fish. Because of the loss of blood during your cycle it is common to experience a drop in iron which can cause increased symptoms of fatigue, cramping, dizziness, and nausea. Eating the right foods can reduce and even eliminate those symptoms.
|Try This!||Avoid That|
|Komucha and Herbal tea||Coffee and Soda|
|Fruit and Dark chocolate||Candy and Sweets|
|Fish and Chicken||Red Meats|
|Leafy Greens and Ginger||Alcohol|
During your period you are already predisposed to fatigue and weakness, add in a lack of rest and you’re in for a hell of a ride. Increased stress can lead to more severe cramps, getting adequate sleep can reduce discomfort and irritability during your period.
Light exercises like yoga, biking, or jogging can help reduce stress and ease menstrual cramping. Exercise increases blood flow and releases “feel good” hormones called endorphins, the increased sweating from exercise can also help with reducing bloating.
Many women experience dehydrating during their periods which can increase symptoms of indigestion, headaches, and cramping. Increasing your water intake and drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day will help reduce those symptoms and flush waste from your system.
Your beloved coffee needs to take a backseat in preparation for your period. Caffeine can increase your chance of dehydration and disrupt your sleep during your period, this can make symptoms like fatigue, cramping, and anxiety worse.
Heat and Cold Therapy
Heat Therapy works to ease pain by relaxing the muscles of the uterus and increasing blood flow. If your cramps are caused by uterus spasms/contractions, apply a hot pack or soak in a warm bath to reduce symptoms
Cold Therapy works by drawing blood away from the area it’s applied to and out towards the extremities. If a build up of blood in the uterus is the cause of your cramps, apply a cold pack to draw the blood out.
*try both and see what works best for you*
Good luck ladies!
I hope this post helps you have a better experience during your period ❤