When it’s ‘that time of the month’ you usually just want to curl up in the corner of the couch with sugary snacks and plenty of painkillers. But the best way to tackle painful cramps (and those mood swings) is to get on-board with a few healthy habits.
Light to moderate exercise is a great way to help alleviate symptoms by improving circulation and the flow of oxygen around the body. A good work out also reduces the sensation of pain by releasing endorphins while increasing the production of dopamine and serotonin so you feel less cranky! It’s a win for everyone!
Hip and back stretches promote blood flow to the abdominal, lower-back and uterine muscles so they’re great for easing the tension that causes cramps. Try yoga, and in particular moves that open up the legs and hips.
Monthly periods deplete iron levels in the body which is why you can feel so tired during your period. Make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep and eating plenty of iron rich foods like red meat and leafy greens.
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Salty foods, caffeine and alcohol all lead to increased fluid retention and can make PMS symptoms feel worse. While that seems really unfair, try to eat more fruit, vegetables and foods high in protein and calcium. Trust us, your body will thank you for it.
If you suffer from that general sluggish feeling and are low on energy – try a multivitamin rich in B vitamins. B6 can help with hormone regulation.
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