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 familiar to anyone?
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, the level of your physical activities 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.
Dark chocolate and exercise for example boos the levels of endorphins, aka the happy hormones. That’s why you always feel good after a few bites of extra dark or a spinning session.
They also boost dopamine aka the reward hormone which allow us to keep in sight the benefits of such activities. ( Have you ever felt like you shed tones of pounds after just a good workout session?)
In short, eat intuitively!
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
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, triggers, and so on. You just have to learn what works for you 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. The levels of the hormones shift that’s why it is necessary to feed your body, skin, and mind the right food and activities to function optimally.
Diet: Soups, soothing teas, water-rich fruits, veggies, healthy fats, and lots of water.
( keep in mind to always buy locally and in season)
Grains: buckwheat and wild rice
Veggies: beet, kale, kelp, Kombu, mushroom, spinach, mustard.
Fruits: blackberry, blueberry, grapes, cranberry, watermelon, mango, passion fruit
Legumes: adzuki, black, red, and soy bean,
Nuts + Seeds: pumpkin, flax ( raw or lightly toasted with low amount of salt)
Other: White tea, miso soup, liquid amino, alphafa sprouts
Activities: Yoga, easy walk, easy swim, deep breathing, sleep, meditation.
It’s a great time to try some facial steaming tea like chamomile.
Diet: eat for energy!
Increase the intake of healthy fats and fermented foods. Go easy on the carbs.
Grains: barley, oat, quinoa, millet, teff
Veggies: artichoke, broccoli, carrot, lettuce, parsley, green peas, squash, zucchini, Brussels sprouts.
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, fenugreek
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.
Diet: Detox and reduce inflammation.
Increase the intake of soups, juices, whole foods, fiber, and water.
Grains: amaranth, quinoa, frekeh, brown rice
Veggies: asparagus, bell pepper, Brussels 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! Watch out for pimples! That’s not the time to slack on your skincare and sleep in your face full of makeup!
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. This is the best time to break out out all of those creative smoothies!
Grains: brown rice, millet, quinoa, bulgur
Veggies: cabbage, cauliflower, celery, collard, cucumber, garlic, ginger, onion, butternut squash, radish, squash, sweet potato, Brussels sprouts.
Fruits: apple, date, peach, pear, raisin
Seeds: sesame, sunflower
Other: Spirulina, chlorella, ashwagandha, lady’s mantle tea, dark chocolate.
Activity: easy swim, relax, breathe, don’t lose your temper, yoga, easy trail run. Warm, relaxing baths or showers. Meditate!
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 or any kind of alternate mean our body uses to get our attention.
“Walking is man’s best medicine. ”
“If you are in a bad mood go for a walk.If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk.”
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?
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