How to feel better on your period: Lady’s talk

How to feel better on your period

Period is different for everyone.  Some of us like to hibernate in our room with shutters closed until it’s passed, some like to eat everything in sight, others just shift plainly shit from human to some kind of weird wounded angry animal.

Most of us have one thing in common, we dread it!

I personally find it quite cumbersome at times.

Dysmenorrhea, mood swing, cold sensitivity, migraines, fever, heavy bleeding, bloating, loss of appetite, acne, or too much appetite sound good to anyone?How to feel better on your period  Period is different for everyone.  Some of us like to hibernate in our room with shutters closed until it’s passed, some like to eat everything in sight, others just shift plainly shit from human to some kind of weird wounded angry animal. Menstruation can be tough!

While it’s a natural part of being a healthy female, I sometimes wish I could just skip right to all the other fun parts of being a female entails.

So, over the years I have come up with a few tricks to make my period easier on me mentally and physically but also more bearable for my family and friends.

It’s proven and accepted that food you eat affect your overall well being.  It’s also been proven that eating certain food at a certain time may improve some physiological and psychological functions.

In short, eat intuitively!

 

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” 
― 
Hippocrates

I do a few things throughout the month to make me feel better on my period. Some to help my skin, others my mental wellness, and others to be physically healthy.

Some tricks are just given like heat pad, avoid stimulants, and so on. You just have to learn and invest some time to make them work.

A menstrual cycle is normally divided into 4 phases: Menstruation, follicular, ovulation, and the luteal phase. Each of these period phases changes the way we feel mentally, and physically. They affect the body internally and externally.

Menstruation Phase:

Diet: Soups, soothing teas, water-rich fruits, veggies, healthy fats, and lots of water.

Grains: buckwheat and wild rice

Veggies: beet, kale, kelp, Kombu, mushroom, spinach

Fruits: blackberry, blueberry, grapes, cranberry, watermelon, mango, passion fruit

Legumes: adzuki, black, soybean,

Nuts + Seeds:  pumpkin, flax

Other: White tea, miso soup, liquid amino

Activities: Yoga, easy walk, easy swim, deep breathing, sleep.

Skincare: Be gentle! Soothing and calming mask for redness, jade and gua sha tools to reduce puffiness, hydrating products.

Follicular phase:

Diet: eat for energy!

Increase the intake of healthy fats and fermented foods. Go easy on the carbs.

Grains: barley, oat, quinoa, millet

Veggies: artichoke, broccoli, carrot, lettuce, parsley, green peas, squash, zucchini

Fruits: avocado, lemon, lime, orange, plum, pomegranate, kiwi

Legumes: black-eyed pea, lentils, split pea

Recipes: Lentil Chili

Nuts + Seeds: brazil-nut, cashew, pumpkin, flax

Other: pickles, sauerkraut, vinegar, kimchi

Activities: Intense workout to boost metabolism

Skincare: Skin is most likely less reactive so it’s a great time to try something new. Exfoliate, intense treatments.

Ovulation phase:

Diet: Detox and reduce inflammation.

Increase the intake of soups, juices, whole foods, fiber, and water.

Grains: amaranth, quinoa, frekeh

Veggies: asparagus, bell pepper, Brussel sprouts, chard, dandelion, eggplant, endive, okra

Fruits: apricot, cantaloupe, fig, guava, persimmon, raspberry, strawberry

Legumes: red lentil

Seeds: sesame, sunflower

Other: Turmeric and Lady’s mantle, or Sorrel tea

Activity: Weight training and strength, watch your form, and don’t forget to warm up and cool down!

Skincare: Detoxifying masks and mattifying products due to the high amount of estrogen in the body that stimulate the production of sebum. So, hello Dewiness!

Luteal Phase: 

Hi, there mood swings! Hide the knives! Watch the cravings, they are brutal!

Diet: Sleep! You cannot hurt anyone if you are sleeping, right?

Plenty of calcium and magnesium! Lots of leafy greens. Aim to swap for healthy options at any given moment.

Grains: brown rice, millet, quinoa, bulgur

Veggies: cabbage, cauliflower, celery, collard, cucumber, garlic, ginger, onion, butternut squash, radish, squash, sweet potato,

Fruits: apple, date, peach, pear, raisin

Legumes: chickpea

Seeds:  sesame, sunflower

Other:  spirulina, chlorella, ashwagandha, lady’s mantle tea

Activity: easy swim, relax, breathe, don’t lose your temper, yoga, easy trail run. Warm, relaxing baths or showers. Meditate!How to feel better on your period Period is different for everyone.  Some of us like to hibernate in our room with shutters closed until it’s passed, some like to eat everything in sight, others just shift plainly shit from human to some kind of weird wounded angry animal. Menstruation can be tough!

Skincare: Gentle exfoliation if you have to, acne products as needed, cooling gels, use salicylic acid based products, don’t touch your face!

In all phases, it is important to eat properly, have an appropriate amount of exercise and sleep to avoid hormonal cysts and breakouts.

“Walking is man’s best medicine. ”
― Hippocrates

“If you are in a bad mood go for a walk.If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk.”
― Hippocrates

Due to physical limitations, time, and other constraints we cannot all follow similar regimens. Do what works for you and consult with your physician.

Some of my friends just love to claim the couch armed with Ben &Jerry’s, chocolate, wine, sappy TV shows, and Midol. It seems to be working at times.

What do you do to feel better on your period? What are your menstrual cycle tricks?

Until then…

 

 

 

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