I used to never be prepared for my period.  Even when I was taking birth control and I knew that my cycle was approaching I would wait until the day before or the day of my period to get my pads, tampons, feminine wipes, and even extra toilet paper because I had IBS. Looking back on how far I have now progressed I am glad that I learned from my past trials and tribulations with my period!

Over the years I have come to honor and respect my cycle. I enjoy shopping for my period essentials monthly and since my husband and I are not currently trying for baby number 2, I do enjoy getting my period.  I am more in tune with my body and what to expect as far as symptoms go before my cycle comes along.

I know that many women struggle with their periods monthly. However, no woman should have to suffer in silence when it comes to her period. I’ve come across a few convenient hacks for getting rid of the cramps, bloating, and headaches that often come with periods.

Here are seven of my favorite period hacks, because every woman deserves to feel good even when it is that time of the month.

Drink more water.

Staying hydrated during your period can help you to experience fewer cramps, back pains, and thickening of your menstrual blood. You can also bring on some flavor to your water by adding some mint or a lemon wedge. Mint and lemon wedges added to water make it more palatable to consume quickly. Straying away from alcohol during your period can be a great thing to do because alcohol does promote dehydration. Also consuming over 32 oz of water while on your period is helpful for women who experience diarrhea or vomiting in conjunction with menstrual cramps.

Decrease Your Salt Intake.

Those sugar and salt cravings can be raging while on your period too. However, it is best to try your hardest to cut back from the salt. Having a high salt intake especially while on your period encourages even more fluid retention and bloating than you may experience without consuming salty foods.

Less dairy or avoid it altogether.

Many women love to indulge in their favorite ice cream, gelato, cheeses, and other dairy products. I know it’s something I try to stray away from doing during my period because consuming too much dairy during your period can increase prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are the hormones that make your uterus contract during your period which can make cramping worse. It’s best to try slowly reducing these foods in your diet, or avoid them altogether when you're on your period. From what I have experience from eating dairyless often is that my uterus has thanked me for it. Your uterus will thank you too!

Lightly Exercise

Did you know that a cardio exercise routine not only promotes overall health but also, helps lighten your menstrual flow? Light cardio exercise can also possibly help reduce the number of days you have your period. A great thing about exercising during this time is that it can lessen water retention. Light exercising can help with alleviates bloating and reduce cramps.

If it is necessary, talk with your doctor about the best exercise plan for you. Don’t overwork yourself while you’re on your period.

Drink herbal teas

There are more than a few herbal tea remedies that may also help alleviate long and painful menstruation. However, much more research is also required to back up herbal tea remedies. but it is worth talking to your doctor about it. Some of the most promising herbs for menstruation include:

Fennel Tea: Is tea that is based on both analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce PMS symptoms and decrease the length of blood flow during your period. Traditional Medicinals Organic Fennel Tea is an all-natural blend that is also very helpful to use. 

Ginger Tea: Can help alleviate heavy bleeding. One of my favorite Ginger teas is a lemon blend by Bigelow. Bigelow Lemon Ginger is refreshing and yet has the perfect warm zesty balance of lemon and slightly bold taste of ginger. 

Chamomile tea: Chamomile tea is full of anti-inflammatory substances that reduce prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are made by cells in the endometrium of the uterus. Prostaglandins can also be found in the bloodstream are responsible for nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and headache during the menstrual period. Before you reach for Tylenol or something a little stronger to ease any pain from your period try drinking some Chamomile tea.

One of my favorite Chamomile Tea is by Twinings. Their Chamomile Honey & Vanilla tea is a great tea to whine down with during this time of the month.

There are many different teas and brands on the market to try. Affiliated links are included. Therefore, if you choose to use my Amazon links I will receive a small percentage. I hope that you have found this blog post helpful. If you do find it helpful feel free to share it with someone!

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