Last year I read an article written by a friend about how women should celebrate their periods. While I am a very positive person, there are a few places where I simply lack the strength… At worst I am moderately annoyed and at best I am my normal self. But celebrating I am certainly not.
PMS makes you feel fat
During a period, it is common to feel bloated and overweight. At this time of the month, cravings increase, and it does feel (and sometimes even look) like you are gaining weight. The good news is that this is only temporary and short lived.
The other good news is that there are positive steps that you can take to get through your periods. Much of this is related to water retention and again this is only temporary.
While there is a tendency to want to snack more during your period, the truth is that you can get away with as little as 100-200 added calories per day during the menstrual cycle (if you have to).
The other good news is that during this time; your metabolic rate will increase, and this will offset any extra calories that you consume during your period.
Women who have a normal height weight ratio should not notice any increase in weight and women who are on a weight-loss program will lose any weight gained once the period has ended.
Keep this temporary weight gain to a minimum by selecting healthy, low calorie snacks during your period.
A survey conducted on six healthy women revealed that the basal metabolic rate changed significantly during the menstrual cycle. The metabolic rate decreased during menstruation and was at its lowest seven days before ovulation took place.
While women crave specific foods during their period, it is important to determine what the craving is. In this way you can fool your body into eating something healthier and lower in calories.
An example of this would be a craving for ice cream. In all probability, you are actually after the calcium in the milk. So instead of having the ice cream, rather opt for low-fat yogurt. If you are craving something savory, there are a number of low calorie, healthy options at your disposal.
Water retention during your period will add to the feeling of putting on weight
The reality is that this weight gain is temporary and will be lost once the menstruation is finally over. Women can minimize the effects of water retention by drinking more water (or try a natural diuretic) and reducing sodium intake during this time.
Most women suffer lower-back pain and painful periods
Magnesium can reduce the bad prostaglandins which cause the womb to contract excessively. Combining vitamin B6 with magnesium will convert the essential fats into positive prostaglandins. Zinc also helps to convert essential fatty acids, and this will minimize the effects of period pains as well.
Research has proven that essential fatty acids are helpful in managing period pains. This was highlighted by the fact that women who did not take in enough omega-3 fatty acids acids have worse period pains than those women who do take omega-3 fatty acids. acids. Omega-3 fatty acids can be sourced from walnuts, linseed and fish. Adding a suitable EFA supplement will help to keep the prostaglandins under control and keep period pains to a minimum.
Take Tang Kuei at night to ease the discomfort of period pain. This incredible supplement has been used for centuries by the Chinese to treat various female medical complaints. Tang Kuei helps with the absorption of iron and can be take by males too.