By Dr. Peter Klapper Ph.D.
As a woman, you know that “time of the month” is around the corner when you begin experiencing menstrual cramps, body aches, mood swings, digestive issues, and nausea. For most, these symptoms resolve themselves around four days after your menstrual period has started. However, no matter the duration of your period, PMS symptoms are not fun. They can knock you down for a few days and leave you feeling miserable until it’s concluded.
So, are you forced to just feel awful for four to seven days of the month, or is there anything that you can do to help find relief? By combining exercise with a good night’s rest, you may find yourself in better shape each month. Plus, we have a few other helpful tips on “How To Naturally Combat Common PMS Symptoms” to get you back on your feet and feeling great.
We get it. The last thing you want to do when having stabbing cramps is exercise. But did you know that working out during your period can actually help alleviate symptoms? When you exercise, you increase the production of the “feel-good” hormone, otherwise known as endorphins, that can help reduce anxiety, depression and pain improving your mood.
Whether you choose to do light exercises such as walking or something a bit more strenuous like strength training, each have their benefits. However, if you engage in an activity such a yoga a few days before your period, it can help reduce cramping, breast tenderness and fatigue.
When you’re PMSing, nothing sounds better than a big greasy cheeseburger and french fries, right? Or maybe a mountain of candy, chocolate and sweets? PMS cravings can get the best of us, but while it might taste delicious and feel satisfying at the time, greasy foods aren’t going to help with PMS symptoms. In fact, they will only make you feel worse.
By making healthy choices, you’ll feel mentally and physically recharged. A diet that is full of fruits, veggies and healthy fats like omega-3s and 6s can combat PMS symptoms rather than processed foods that make you even more bloated. Plus, if you’re already cramping, greasy and high fat foods will only wreak more havoc on your digestive system.
Menstrual cramps tend to be one of the most complained about symptoms when a woman is PMSing, especially in the first few days. Why? Well, when a woman menstruates, the uterus contracts to shed its lining. When this happens, a natural hormone called prostaglandins cause the muscles and blood vessels in the uterus to contract. Levels of prostaglandins tend to be highest on the first day of your period, i.e. why cramping can be the most painful on the first day of menstruation.
Over the counter pain medication can be helpful to reduce discomfort caused by cramping, but if you’re looking for a more natural approach, think about trying our Muscle Pain Reliever. This roll-on product works on both localized and systemic muscle pain, soothing and healing muscles at the source. It has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which can help with muscle cramps caused by a woman’s cycle.
Relax and Reduce Stress
During your period it’s easy to get agitated due to hormones, which can cause feelings of anger, sadness, anxiety and even stress. By practicing relaxation techniques, you can curb these emotions before they get too out of control. Whether that looks like practicing yoga, taking a warm bath, relaxing with a favorite chick flick, candles and a heating pad or even getting a massage. Find ways that work for you that helps create a tranquil environment to calm your mind, body and spirit.
And if you still find yourself struggling to relax, think about trying our Calm Mood Remedy.
Our Calm Mood is made from organic medicinal plants and formulated to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiousness, worry, nervous tension, and irritability. Any overwhelming feelings of everyday life are quickly eased without drowsy or sluggish side effects. A perfect solution to ease your brain so you can truly relax and feel good as new.
Get a Good Night’s Rest
Sleep is an integral part of our health and well-being. Most healthy adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep per night, so if you’re shy of that, you won’t be feeling your best, especially when you’re menstruating. Like needing to find time to relax in order to level out emotions, sleep plays a part, too. If you’re not getting the amount of sleep needed to feel well rested, you’re more likely to find it harder to concentrate and can easily lose your patience.
While sleep is always important, try and make sure that you’re going to bed early and focusing on getting a few more hours of shut eye during your period. If sleep seems to be hard to come by these days, let us help!
Our Sleep Well Remedy is an effective natural sleep aid that successfully eases restless sleep or insomnia. By using a blend of organic Valerian, Kava, and Lavender, this powerful and effective combination helps improve sleep quality and will have you dozing off in no time.
Alleviate Headache and Migraine Pain
Does your period go hand-in-hand with headaches and migraine attacks? You’re not alone. A lot of women experience menstrual migraine due to the level of estrogen dropping to its lowest right before your period. Because of this many women experience migraine symptoms such as light sensitivity, nausea, fatigue, dizziness but above all – headaches.
Over the counter medication can help with the headaches, but if you’re looking for a natural approach, try our Headache Pain Relief.
By applying it directly to the forehead, this powerful topical headache relief remedy has a pronounced therapeutic effect to ease sharp, searing, throbbing sensations from all types of headaches.
If it’s migraine attacks you’re experiencing, try our Migraine Pain Medication. Whether it’s nausea, headache or aura, our natural migraine medicine will quickly ease the symptoms that occur with the onset of a migraine.
By Dr. Peter Klapper Ph.D.