Last updated on October 2nd, 2018 at 09:09 pm
How To Make Your Period Symptoms Suck Less
Periods are something almost every woman has to go through, and on a regular basis. So, how do you make your period symptoms suck less? Is is possible? Well, the answer is yes! There are a few things you can do to help make things a little bit better when Aunt Flo (or whatever you call it 😉 ) comes to visit.
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Period Symptom #1: Bloating
One of the period symptoms most women complain of is bloating. There are actually a few things you can do to make bloating not as bad. First, drink lots of water. Like, twice as much as you normally drink. Secondly, avoid salty foods or anything that is high in sodium. Sodium will actually make bloating a lot worse. This is because it causes your body to hold onto water.
If at all possible eliminate pop consumption during your period, or at the very least drink less. Pop is packed full of sodium, and so is diet soda! This can be a hard thing to give up, especially if you are partially addicted to the caffeine in it, but you will notice a huge difference in one of your period symptoms if you do.
Period Symptoms #2 and #3: Tiredness & Headaches
These next two period symptoms, tiredness and headaches, are bunched together because their is a solution that usually helps both. Your first guess might be caffeine, and while it is a good short-term solution, there is actually a better one! Iron.
Periods are crazy in that they can cause anemia, which in short is a lack of iron. If you tend to have heavy flows, and/or bad headaches accompanied with unexplained tiredness, talk with your doctor. They can test you for anemia and determine if an iron supplement would be the best course of action.
Now, iron supplements aren’t the only solution either! You can also change your diet during your period to include foods that have high iron in them. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a great article that lists off a bunch of foods to help with an iron deficiency including red meats, nuts, broccoli, beans, and also spinach. So, if at all possible, try to incorporate these into your diet during your period.
Period Symptom #4: Cramps
Another common, yet equally annoying period symptom is cramps. One solution would be to take a pain reliever. My particular favorite is Midol because it helps with cramps, bloating and fatigue (woo-hoo!). You can find it here on Amazon, or at your local store in the pharmacy area.
Another way to relieve cramps is with a heating pad. This direct heat will help the cramps not feel as horrible. You can also find a heating pad here on Amazon, and all you do is place it at or near your lower abdomen when cramps are starting to become unbearable. Along the same line of heat, you can also take a hot bath. It’s a great way to unwind while also getting some much needed relief from cramps.
Period Symptom #5: Moodiness
Another period symptom, as well as PMS symptom, is moodiness. Seriously, the week before my period starts I always think I am pregnant because of my HORRIBLE moodiness. Then lo and behold, aunt flow shows up! So what can you do about this particular symptom? Well, it’s one that you are not going to like, or at least not the thought of…exercising.
I’m right there with you. Exercising is the furthest thing on my mind during my time of the month, but it will help your moodiness. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercising helps your body create endorphins which actually make you feel good. So, wear those sweat pants with pride and get to exercising, even if you don’t leave your house to do so.
So to wrap things up, periods are something that are going to be with your for a long time, but you don’t always have to be miserable. For bloating, drink more water and limit how much sodium you are consuming. When it comes to headaches and also tiredness, try increasing your iron to make up for what you are losing during your period. Cramps can be alleviated with many different pain relievers like Midol, or even a warm heating pad, and exercise away your moodiness. What’s your favorite way to make your period symptoms suck less? Leave a comment below, and let me know.
P.S. Don’t forget to share this with your friends. They will want to know just as much as you about how to relieve some of the horrible period symptoms we all go through. Thanks!
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Foods to Fight Iron Deficiency. Accessed 9/20/2018.
Mayo Clinic. Stress Management. Accessed 9/20/2018.