Today, I am sharing 7 tips for getting through that time of the month. Women do not have it easy. As soon as I hear the word “period”, I immediately think of tiredness, painful cramps, bloating, back pain, and moodiness. Most of you can relate to these symptoms and will probably agree with me that once the end of your monthly period approaches, you let out a sigh of relief.
I love being a woman and I would have it no other way, but to be honest I am happy to say goodbye to that time of the month. I am already experiencing perimenopause symptoms and I know my days of having my period are numbered. But, perimenopause can last for several years before I enter menopause. So, in the meantime let’s try these tips for getting through that time of the month to make things a little easier on us.
7 Tips for Getting Through That Time of The Month
1. Eat Foods That are Rich in Calcium
As a woman, your body needs at least 1200mg of calcium a day, especially when you are on your period. Food like broccoli, spinach, cabbage, yoghurt, kale, and turnips which contain plenty of calcium can go a long way in counteracting muscle spasms and minimising menstrual cramps.
If you opt for dark green vegetables like broccoli and kale, it could also help avoid excess bleeding since your body is getting much-needed vitamin K. Tomatoes also contain calcium, and if they are tinned or stewed the levels are higher, as opposed to fresh tomatoes. A glass of fresh orange juice can also give you a calcium boost in the morning.
2. Do Not Forget To Drink Loads of Water
Remaining fully hydrated by drinking two litres of H2O per day will help with speeding up digestion and easing the uncomfortable bloating that is caused by monthly hormonal fluctuations.
3. Lower Your Caffeine and Salt Intake
Steer clear from processed and fast foods that contain a ton of salt. This will help ease bloating. Caffeine that is found in fizzy drinks, tea, coffee, and energy drinks, irritates your stomach, constricts blood vessels, and raises tension. This is because gastrointestinal acidity is increased which makes the cramping worse. Rather drink herbal teas and water instead. You can add some honey and ginger because both have natural anti-inflammatory characteristics.
4. Stick to Dark Chocolate
Nothing makes me feel better like a good amount of chocolate when it’s that time of the month. But, for a healthier option, eat dark chocolate with a cacao content of at least sixty percent. A square a day can increase antioxidants in your body and stimulate production of serotonin that neutralises mood swings and irritability.
5. Stay Active
A good workout discharges endorphins into your system which help your body to combat pain while promoting positive feelings. You might not feel up to your standard fitness routine, but low impact exercises like walking or swimming can boost blood flow to the pelvic region and welcome relief from cramps. Swimming is especially useful for stretching abdominal muscles and stabilising blood flow. You can also do yoga that will offer relief for cramps.
6. Apply Some Heat
Make yourself comfortable on your bed or the couch and place a hot water bottle, heating pad or “happy hugger” on your lower stomach for a few minutes. The warmth will help to loosen tight muscles as well as easing cramps. The quiet time will also help settle feelings of irritability and moodiness. Another good option is running yourself a hot bubble bath and relaxing in the water to get rid of all that muscular and emotional tension.
7. Take Some Vitamins
Certain vitamins like Vitamin E that is found in egg yolk or avocado and vitamin B6 in bananas, potatoes, or oatmeal is useful for balancing mood swings. B vitamins also provide relief for bloating. Zinc and vitamin C support the overall health of your reproductive system. Vitamin C is found in citrus and zinc in pumpkin seeds. You can also take magnesium, omega-3, and thiamine supplements for reducing cramping, bloating, and pain.
I hope these 7 tips for getting through that time of the month have been useful to you and that you will give some of them a try to ease the symptoms of cramping, bloating and pain during your monthly cycle.
Have you got any other useful tips that works for you? Please share them in the comment section.