DOES EVERYONE GET IT?
So you're in your Autumn season (not sure what that is? Click here!) and the BLOAT has started. You know the one, where your pants start to feel a little tight, you might let one (or three or four) rip regularly through the day and you know you period is on its way.
BUT WHAT, YOU ASK, ACTUALLY CAUSES YOU TO BLOAT IN THE FIRST PLACE?
Good question and it's really all down to hormones. Or more specifically an imbalance in hormones. Being estrogen dominant during the lead up can heavily influence your PMS symptoms. About a week before your period your progesterone levels drop which leads to that estrogen dominance...it's this reduction in progesterone levels that causes your uterus lining to drop....oh hormones.
Period bloat has too, in my mind, be one of the THE most annoying things about my period. I feel fat and sluggish and it definitely doesn't help my sex drive.
BUT THERE ARE COUPLE OF WAYS I HELP MY BODY DURING THE AUTUMN SEASON OF MY CYCLE AND HERE THEY ARE:
1. Clary Sage is a great essential oil and while you should avoid it around pregnant people (it will bring on labour) it's highly recommended to apply topically on your tummy. Mix with a neutral oil such as jojoba or apricot kernel and then gently rub over your tummy and lower abdomen.
2) Chasteberry - this can be taken in either table/pill form or as a tea. Now Chasteberry is said to suppress the release of prolactin from our pituitary glands and the release of prolactin is what makes us get PMS symptoms and changes hormone levels. It's said to aid in a lot of other female reproductive issues too.
3) Try reducing dairy and meat product in the run up too and the week of your period. Instead add in plant based protein and lots of dark leafy greens, foods that are rich and magnesium, potassium and vitamin C. Want some recipes...HERE YOU GO.
4) Cut down on salt - or at least swap regular table salt for natural sea salt/seaweed flakes or Himalayan salt.
5) Raspberry leaf tea. That's right, herbal teas, opposed to being still a bit dusty and yucky sat at the back of your cupboard, can be fantastic for that per period bloating. Raspberry leaf tea is loaded with potassium, iron, vitamin bs as well as the alkaloid fragarine, which relaxes the uterine, so it's an all round fantastic tea for your period and cramps.
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