Periods. Does anyone really enjoy them? I don’t think so.
Let’s face it – Mother Nature’s gift to women isn’t a box of chocolates. During this time of the month, you’re in pain, irritable, and feeling bloated but there are ways to make your period better. Here are some helpful tips that can make this time of the month more relaxing, pleasant, and less painful by relieving menstrual cramps and brightening your mood.
1. Relieve Menstrual Cramps With Warmth
Have you ever been advised to use a hot water bottle to relieve menstrual cramps? That's right it works - heat therapy over targeted areas increases blood flow and delivers oxygen to the cells, which facilitates the stretching of the muscles, connective tissue, and adhesions. This results in reduced tension with an increase in flexibility, leading to an overall feeling of relief and comfort.
2. Learn which foods to embrace… & which to avoid
The bad news is that the foods you’re probably craving — sugar, salt, coffee & alcohol — will only aggravate your symptoms & make them worse. Getting plenty of fruit, vegetables and choosing low-sodium foods rich in calcium, zinc and healthy oils such as omega-3 may help to keep your levels of prostaglandin production in check and reduce bloating, allowing for easier periods.
- Get your fill of Vitamin B6 & Vitamin C! Vitamin B6 is like a little miracle: it helps relieve premenstrual cravings, exhaustion, nutty mood swings, water retention & bloating. There’s a lot of Vitamin B6 in turkey, fish & chicken, nuts, bananas, potatoes & eggs. Vitamin C will help reduce symptoms too — you can get it from all citrus fruits, cranberry juice & dark green vegetables!
- If you crave chocolate, eat RAW chocolate! Raw cacao is one of the number 1 sources of magnesium, which is something we tend to crave. The problem with eating regular chocolate is that it has been so processed & messed around with that by the time it gets to us, it contains only a teeny-tiny amount of magnesium. Raw chocolate, on the other hand, is the real deal! You’ll get a mega-hit of magnesium, plus it’s rich & dark enough to be really satisfying.
- Drink plenty of water
3. Prevent spots & break-outs
In the week leading up to & during your period, take extra special care of your skin.
- Eat foods rich in Vitamin A & D! They’re great for the skin & will help you avoid getting spots. Some excellent sources of Vitamin A & D include baby carrots, spinach, watermelon, spices like red pepper, paprika, cayenne & chili powder, dried apricots, salmon & tuna, eggs & mushrooms.
- Squeeze some fresh lemon into your water. It helps to detox your body and skin naturally!
- Make sure you are using a great range of professional skincare products such as our most popular brand Mary Cohr to keep your skin feeling & looking its best. This is the time to make use of face masks in your routine such as the Mary Cohr Purifying MatiMask or the Hydrosmose Moisturisation Mask, depending on your skin type.
4. Exercise your way to well-being
As tempting as it may be to spend four days curled up in a ball, watching re-runs of terrible old reality shows, you’ll feel so much better if you get up & move your body. Whether that may be going out for a light jog, practicing yoga or even enjoying your favourite dance class, it's a great way to relieve cramps, bloating, mood swings as well as like anxiety, fatigue, and headaches.
You probably already learned this one, but in the week leading up to & during your period, you’re much more physically sensitive than usual. We would advise you to stay away from waxing until your period is over, as you will find it less painful overall. We have a great selection of waxing treatments available at our salon and we would be more than happy to advise you on what would work best for you.