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Nutrition Tips for your Period and PMS

Do you dread “that time of the month?” Who doesn’t! This podcast episode of Authentic Self Wellness Radio will give you some great tips on nutrition to help alleviate the symptoms of getting your period.

 

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Authentic Product Pick: Natracare Feminine Products

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This one is for all of you ladies! Today, we are talking about our periods. Yep! I’m talking about our monthly visitor that can be a real hassle to deal with. It’s a topic that nobody really wants to talk about but we really should. If you were like me, you usually run to the drug store and grab a box of conventional tampons or pads to use for when that time comes. You don’t think about what’s in the product or how it could affect your body and the planet. Well, guess what? You should!

Conventional feminine products, such as tampons and sanitary pads, are a source of a variety of potentially toxic ingredients. You wouldn’t know this because these manufacturers are not required to disclose the ingredients used in their products! A number of the plasticizing chemicals found in tampons and pads have been linked to a variety of health problems including endocrine disruption and disease processes associated with heart disease and cancer. They also contain perfumes and additives that can irritate your body and cause a variety of frustrating symptoms. That’s why I have made the switch to Natracare…and you should too!

Natracare products are fabulous because they are made with only natural materials.They don’t contain any chlorine, additives, perfumes, or plastics! Why is this important? Many women suffer from skin allergies, soreness, or irritation during any given month. These symptoms can be much worse during their period. That’s why a lot of gynecologists recommend that women who experience these symptoms change their period products to Natracare. I personally did this and I couldn’t be happier! Like me, many women have found relief after making the switch because their bodies aren’t being irritated by harsh chemicals or synthetic ingredients. Natracare products only use certified organic cotton which means your body won’t absorb any harmful pesticides, herbicides, or dioxins. How cool is that? Getting your period is a pain already so your feminine products shouldn’t make it any worse!

Not only are Natracare products beneficial for women, they are helpful for the environment. Dioxin pollution is a big problem that affects our air, water, soil, and plants. It is caused through various industrial processes that include the bleaching of materials used to create paper products like tissues, pads, and tampons. That’s why Natracare never uses chlorine in any of their products! Their products are also biodegradable and compostable, which saves them from ending up in a landfill! Did you know that over 45 billion sanitary pads are disposed of ever year? Place these thrown-out products from end to end and they would stretch all the way to the sun! That’s a lot of unnecessary waste that we should all avoid.

Natracare offers a variety of tampons and pads to choose from, most of which are available at your local health food store. They also sell some amazing Make-Up Removal Wipes that are free from harmful chemicals. I started using these wipes at night and was amazed by how soft and clean they made my skin feel. They are formulated for women with sensitive skin and they won’t dry out your face like other conventional wipes.

Learn more by visiting the Natracare website at www.natracare.com. I also recommend that you check them out on Facebook and like their page. Trust me. Give these products a try the next time your period comes around. You (and the Earth) will be happy that you did!

Authen-tip: Healthy Foods for PMS

It’s the time that a woman just doesn’t feel like herself. Some women only experience abdominal cramps and a cranky mood. Others feel horrifically bloated, overly tired, and irritable to the point where they want to go into hibernation for a week! If you experience PMS symptoms, start with a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of organic fruits, organic vegetables, and whole grains. Try eating kale, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, and Swiss chard. You can also enjoy quinoa, amaranth, and lentils. Foods high in sugar (like donuts, cookies, soda, and candy) may exaggerate mood swings and if possible, try to eliminate caffeine, which will only worsen anxiety, tension, or irritability. Also abstain from drinking alcohol which can worsen your mood, especially if you feel depressed. Eat foods full of vitamin B6 like spinach, garlic, bananas, celery, asparagus, and cabbage.

Daily Nutrition Nibble: Gotta get some Ginger!

Ginger has been a favorite spice for thousands of years! Not only does it taste delicious but it has amazing healing properties. Many people take ginger when they are experiencing motion sickness or nausea. Women also use ginger to aid in relieving menstrual cramps. Ginger has been shown to be useful when it comes to relieving pain associated with migraine headaches and arthritis. It’s also a comforting way to lessen the severity of the symptoms that come with a cold. Make ginger tea by simmering one of two slices of fresh ginger root in water for 10 minutes. You can add some cinnamon for extra flavor.

Authen-tip: Nutrition for PMS

It’s the time that a woman just doesn’t feel like herself. Some women only experience abdominal cramps and a cranky mood. Others feel horrifically bloated, overly tired, and irritable to the point where they want to go into hibernation for a week! It’s believed that some women are more sensitive to the hormonal upheaval that occurs during the menstrual cycle. If you experience PMS symptoms, start with a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of organic fruits, organic vegetables, and whole grains. Foods high in sugar may exaggerate mood swings and if possible, try to eliminate caffeine, which will only worsen anxiety, tension, or irritability. Also abstain from drinking alcohol which can worsen your mood, especially if you feel depressed. Try eating lean meats that include chicken and fish, which contain vitamin B6. This vitamin has been shown to tame the symptoms of PMS.