Periods can put a cramp in your lifestyle – literally. But before you let period symptoms get the best of you, know that there are ways to relieve cramps and other common symptoms, including cravings and fatigue!
Painful cramps can be the WORST. More than half of women experience them, some even dealing with debilitating pain. Not cool, uterus. To help ease some of that pain, consider changing your diet. Eating more green veggies can definitely help, and eating less fat. You can also try eating foods rich in magnesium and iron. Massages and essential oils, like lavender, can also help. Period or not – it never hurts to give yourself some TLC.
To beat PMS fatigue, work out. Seriously! It’s already well-known that exercise is one of the top recommendations for alleviating PMS symptoms and now, thanks to new U by Kotex FITNESS* products, your period doesn’t have to hold you back. These tampons, pads, and liners are specifically made for women who work out, so you can continue to work out as part of your normal wellness regime. Equally important – try to get to bed on time to ensure you’re well-rested to help combat routine fatigue.
Research also suggests that amping up your workouts the week before you get your period can help energy levels stay consistent when it does hit.
The cravings can be TOO real when you’re PMSing. Chocolate, sugar, ALL THE CARBS. But before you totally trash your diet, think about just that – your diet. On your period, it’s important to keep yourself satisfied so that you don’t reach for the high fat, sugar processed foods. Eat a healthy snack every 2-3 hours, like a banana with peanut butter (it’s also a great treat for that sweet tooth!). Get enough protein to keep you satiated, and enjoy a nice big breakfast. Of course, if you really need to get down and dirty with a pint of ice cream, just go for it. You do you, boo boo.
PMS symptoms can suck, but you can totally power through. The most important thing is to listen to your body! If your symptoms seem severe or abnormal, consult with your doctor. U by Kotex® FITNESS* is there to help- they’re even giving out free samples, so grab yours today! While you’re there, don’t forget to download your playbook to help you navigate your period in the best way possible. We got you, girl!
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