PMS Pain: The Straight Facts On How To Deal
Does PMS riddle you with pain each and every month? While some women are lucky and get away with hardly any PMS symptoms, for others, it can keep them confined to the bed they’re so uncomfortable.
Whether it’s bloating, cramps, or a headache that tends to get you down, the good news is that with some smart changes to your lifestyle, you can manage these symptoms and get on with your day.
While you may never be PMS-free, you can definitely help lower their intensity.
Let’s look at the best ways to handle PMS pain.
Load Up On Calcium
First, consider adding more dairy into your diet at this time. Especially if you normally don’t include any dairy in your diet normally, this could be part of the reason you tend to suffer so badly.
The calcium found in dairy can help to relieve the cramping you feel, allowing you to function normally as you would.
Stick with lower fat, lower sugar dairy such as plain Greek yogurt or a tall glass of low fat milk. Stay away from cottage cheese or other hard cheeses however as the sodium content in these will only make any water retention you might be experiencing worse.
Which brings us to the next point, staying well hydrated. If you hope to relieve that swollen feeling you typically get around your monthly cycle, start drinking more water.
Increase your normal intake by a glass or two, aiming for 10-12 glasses per day. If you like, a few of these can be a form of herbal tea, which is naturally decaffeinated and can help ease menstrual cramps as well.
Avoid coffee if you can however as the caffeine found in it can make you feel worse, rather than better.
Get In Some Light Activity
As much as you may not feel like getting up and moving, activity can help ease your pain. Devise your workout plan so that each month as your period hits, you have a light week scheduled.
Make this a time to do activities that you truly enjoy. Going out for an easy walk for instance or consider a bike ride with your significant other.
Doing some light activity will help get the blood moving throughout the body and can help relieve cramps as well as that bloated feeling.
You don’t need to do a full-fledged intense workout for it to count as activity, so don’t make that mistake in thinking. Any sort of movement will work here.
Promise yourself you’ll do 10 minutes and if you are still not feeling like doing it, you can then stop. Most often, you’ll find that after those first 10 minutes, you want to continue on with another ten or twenty.
Another smart move if you hope to combat PMS is to consider going vegetarian during this time. Loading up your diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to manage cramping while also keeping your potassium intake up and your sodium intake down.
When you start taking in too much sodium and not enough potassium, which can happen if you are eating too much meat, you will find that water retention and cramping only gets worse.
Instead, focus on getting your protein in during this time from alternative sources such as beans and lentils.
If you use these simple and easy to implement tips and techniques, you should find that your PMS symptoms start to become more manageable. Remember to keep your daily stress levels as low as possible as well during this time and focus on some good quality rest and relaxation.