“That time of the month” can turn even the most polite princess into a complete monster. Many women experience severe symptoms not only during menstruation but also in the weeks leading up to it.
Mood swings, cravings, cramps, bloating, fatigue, weight gain and headaches can take their toll, but enough is enough!
Try these helpful Fit-Nez tips to help ease the pain and discomfort!
1. Keep On Trucking: Pain and fatigue can make you feel like you should skip the gym, but don’t! Exercise improves circulation, which can help reduce cramps and headaches. It also releases endorphins for a feel-good high and a boost of energy.
Try exercising 30 minutes at least a few days each week. You’ll feel much better.
2. Banish Bloat: Bloating associated with PMS is uncomfortable and can interfere with daily activities. There are a few ways to reduce water retention and eliminate that heavy feeling.
First, drink lots of water. Although it might seem counterintuitive, water will actually keep you from bloating. If you’re dehydrated, your kidneys tell your body to hold onto water. If you need help getting that much water, eat hydrating fruit like watermelon and oranges.
Next, reduce your salt intake. Salt causes your body to retain water and caffeine and carbonated beverages can also cause intestinal distress and bloating.
Third, eat clean and healthy foods rich in potassium, calcium, and magnesium, like celery, asparagus, and cucumbers.
3. Cravings: The only thing stronger than your cravings is…YOU. BUT, if all else fails, there are always “safe” options that you can indulge in to satisfy that sweet tooth. Try reaching for a yummy protein shake or a bowl of fruit or my favorite…sugar-free jello.
Hang in there!