How to get rid of PMS and support your body for an easy period
Did you know that you don’t have to suffer from PMS? How to nourish the body for an easy, healthy period.
Lots of women dread the week of their period. From headaches to mood swings to cramps and back pain, it can be extremely unpleasant. But although suffering from Premenstrual Syndrome symptoms is extremely common, its actually not normal or necessary. Its possible to nourish your body and balance your hormones so you don’t dread the week of your period, plan around it, or anticipate having to spend the day in bed with a hot water bottle nursing your cramps. Here are some tips to include in your daily routines to help with happy periods:
Poop every day & give your liver some love
Helping the body get rid of excess estrogen is absolutely key to dealing with those painful cramps! Every day make sure you are getting in lots of water and fibrous veg, eating cruciferous veggies and cutting back on processed foods. You can also incorporate liver herbs such as milk thistle. Helping your liver out is going to help with hormone balance, and going to the bathroom at least 1x/day is going to help get those used up hormones and toxins out of the body. If you are still dealing with painful periods after incorporating all of these, cut out inflammatory foods such as sugar, gluten, and dairy, and increase your omega 3 intake as well.
Magnesium and B vitamins
Take a B complex, a magnesium, and think about incorporating some adaptogens into your routine. B complex helps with bloating and anxiety before your period. Most people are deficient in magnesium, which is an important mineral for so many processes in the body. On top of that, when we are stressed, the body uses it up at a faster rate. Start with 200 mg of magnesium glycinate at night. If you have issues with constipation, start with 200mg of magnesium citrate. These supplements are also going to help with PMS cravings!
Get on top of your blood sugar
If you get insane cravings or headaches before or on your period, you may need to look at blood sugar regulation. Make sure to eat every 3-4 hours, and have balanced meals of carbs, protein and fat all together.
Crampbark is an amazing medicinal herb that works to relax smooth muscle. This really works on the smooth muscle in the uterus, helping with cramps almost instantly. We don’t want to be downing ibuprofen when we are trying to work on our liver health, and this works just as well.
Written by Maddie Battle
Maddie Battle is a Holistic Nutritionist based in Vancouver, BC. Maddie is the owner of Natural Balance Wellness, her private practice where she specializes in women’s health and hormone balance. She can be found on Instagram @balancewithmaddie and www.naturalbalancenutrition.com
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