Women have specific health issues that are different from men. Although as children, boys and girls have similar ailments, once puberty has taken hold the problems change significantly.
The female body begins to ready itself for motherhood at the time of menstruation. From that early age and for years to come, we are plagued with cramps, bloating and tender breasts. But there are things you can do to help ease all of this discomfort.
You can prepare yourself each month by eating a diet low in sodium, especially a week or two before your cycle. This will significantly cut down on the bloating, which in turn helps with the cramps.
Avoiding alcohol and caffeine as well as cutting down on your salt intake can reduce the pain you feel from tender breasts.
Just a few simple changes in your diet can make all the difference in the world with how you feel. Remember, you are what you eat. Food is much more than the taste in your mouth. That’s why it is important to pay attention to what you are feeding your body.
I know, because before I started really eating healthy and exercising, my hormones were completely out of balance. By eating a diet low in fat and sodium but loaded with fruits and vegetables, I feel absolutely great every day of the month.
It is also possible to alleviate some of your discomfort by exercising and staying active throughout the month. Strengthening your back and stomach muscles will relieve some of the cramping. However, if you have a heavy flow, you may want to consult your physician about your level of aerobic activities on those days.
Make sure you get plenty of rest. Not only during your cycle, but every night of the month. An adequate night’s rest gives your body a chance for restoration and rejuvenation. Believe it or not, women need more sleep than men–and it’s not just for beauty either!
Listen ladies, the better care you take of yourself today, the better you will look and feel tomorrow and for the rest of your life. A healthy diet, together with an active lifestyle will provide benefits today and every day.
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