Nutrition & Women’s Health

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Nutrition plays such an important role in so many aspects of our lives.  Probably more than most people realize.  Good nutrition is the basis for our health, well being and happiness.  Especially us ladies.  During that time of the month.  Talk about a time where nutrition can really make or break your week.  You know what I mean, right girls? PMS-and-milk

That time of the month comes with changes in hormones and the chemicals in our brains that can affect some women more than others.  PMS symptoms encompass a whole range of feelings, moods, physical changes and more.  Cramps, bloating, fatigue, appetite changes or food cravings, constipation or diarrhea, mood swings and even acne can all rear their ugly heads at some point.  Plus, already present stress and depression can make symptoms even worse – not fun.

womens-health Unfortunately, sometimes our self-soothing actions (think chocolate or indulging in salty or high fat comfort foods) also add to the list of PMS symptoms instead of make them better.  But luckily there are tons of ways to treat and ease your ills during this long week of the month!  Anything from pain killers for cramps or diuretics to help with bloating.  But there are also a bunch of natural remedies and changes to your eating habits that can be just as effective as your regular over-the-counter medications.  Here are some things to try:

  • Be consistent with your multivitamin:  many vitamins and minerals can help your body stay even keel in addition to reducing fluid retention and other PMS symptoms.
  • Drink a cup of raspberry leaf tea:  this is a great tea, Yogi is a good brand, and it really helps with bloating and cramps.
  • Indulge in gentle exercise:  you may not feel up to your regular intense workout sessions, but even gentle exercise can help reduce swelling, bloating and boost your overall mood.
  • Try red clover or chastberry extract:  not too many studies back up the use of these herbal supplements, but they have been touted to help with bloating, fatigue, cramps and mood.
  • Limit salty foods:  these foods can make you retain water which can increase feelings of bloating and fluid retention.
  • Reduce your intake of cruciferous veggies:  broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and others are categorized as cruciferous veggies.  Although super healthy, they are also known to produce gas.  This doesn’t help when you’re already bloated!

Try a few of these alternative remedies the next time your Aunt Flo visits!  I have tried some – especially the Raspberry Leaf tea – and found them to be very helpful.  But as always, be sure to always check with your regular doctor before making any changes to your diet or medications.

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