In today’s blog we discuss all things menstruation also known as women’s periods.
𝗪𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁;
𝟭. 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗣𝗠𝗦 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝘄𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺.
𝟮. 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝘆 𝗳𝗹𝗼𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗽𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝗼 𝗮𝗺𝗮𝘇𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗣𝗠𝗦 𝘀𝘆𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗼𝗺𝘀
𝟯. 𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗶𝘂𝗺 𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗮𝗯𝗹𝘆 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲
𝟰. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗶𝘂𝗺 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲.
Let’s dive into it.
𝑺𝒐 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝑷𝑴𝑺?
For those of you who aren’t aware of what premenstrual syndrome is then let me shed some light. Simply put, PMS refers to the physical and emotional symptoms of a female pre-menstruation or pre-bleed. In an ideal world having to bleed from our lady parts each month should be enough right?
Some live in that ideal world but I guess if you are reading this blog then you are one of the many who experience symptoms of the syndrome and are just looking for ways to ease them or get some more information on why it happens.
𝑺𝒐 𝑷𝑴𝑺 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒂 𝒏𝒖𝒎𝒃𝒆𝒓 𝒐𝒇 𝒅𝒊𝒇𝒇𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒔𝒚𝒎𝒑𝒕𝒐𝒎𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆.
𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗽 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗺𝗮𝘆 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴;
𝗗𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴; symptoms of isolation, avoidance of social activities, introverted behaviours, emotional outbursts, anger, insomnia, brain fog or forgetfulness.
𝗔𝗻𝘅𝗶𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴; nervous tension, perspiration under pressure, irritability, anxiety, shortness of breath or a heavy chest.
𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴; breast pain and/or tenderness, bloating, abdominal discomfort, oedema in the lower extremities, swollen ankles/knees.
𝗢𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝘆𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗼𝗺𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗲; feeling cold, nausea, lower back pain, acne or cystic pimples, headaches, increased urination frequency, greasy hair/skin and many more!
Doesn’t that sound like a treat? …
Not only that but all those things you experience can cause behaviours that the people in our life don’t necessarily want to be around. Thus causing strains on our personal and even sometimes our professional relationships. Seeking help to manage uncontrollable symptoms such as mood swings may be in your best interest if you find that your relationships are being compromised.
𝗦𝗼 𝘄𝗵𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗹𝗼𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗶𝘂𝗺 𝗽𝗼𝗱𝘀 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝘀𝗸? 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗮 𝗳𝗲𝘄 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻𝘀…
During your menstrual cycle your body produces the hormones oestrogen and progesterone. These hormones are so important for sexual and reproductive development in females and are necessary to prepare the uterus for menstruation. When these hormones are high your magnesium levels become lower and that is something that can have a wide range of different effects on the body.
Recent studies suggest magnesium may prevent dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps) in some people. It works by relaxing the smooth muscle of the uterus and by reducing the prostaglandins that cause period pain. Along with decreasing PMS symptoms you could actually reduce or eliminate period pain and symptoms altogether. Magnesium inhibits the hormone’s ability to intensify cramps. It also reduces depression and PMS mood swings. To top it off magnesium is said to balance blood sugar, so having good levels can definitely reduce the need for those sweet treats.
When you float in such high amounts of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) for an extended period of time, your body will absorb that magnesium through the pores. The warm environment in the pods will help to open up your pores and as you relax the magnesium will do its thing. Along with tons of other benefits floating has on not just your physical health but your mental health, it definitely is the best choice of getting that magnesium into the body in my opinion.
Did you know it has been estimated that 80-90% of women experience the symptoms of PMS in reproductive age. It is also estimated that up to 75% of the population are not meeting their recommended intake of Magnesium. Coming to the conclusion that Magnesium supplementation in one form or another can be extremely beneficial.
It really is one of the most underrated minerals out there. Its primary job is to help regulate muscle function, heart muscle included. Other important jobs it has is to help the heart maintain its healthy rhythm as well as regulate blood pressure and the production of cholesterol.
My personal favourite way to get magnesium is through food. maybe it’s because I just love food… but also because spending money on supplements is not the cheapest option and being consistent with supplementation isn’t a strong suit of mine.
𝑩𝒆𝒍𝒐𝒘 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒎𝒚 𝒇𝒂𝒗𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒎𝒂𝒈𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒖𝒎 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒃𝒐𝒅𝒚.
Food Sources https://nutritiondata.self.com/
Pumpkin seeds: 46% of the RDI in a quarter cup (16 grams)
Spinach, boiled: 39% of the RDI in a cup (180 grams)
Swiss chard, boiled: 38% of the RDI in a cup (175 grams)
Dark chocolate (70–85% cocoa): 33% of the RDI in 3.5 ounces (100 grams)
Black beans: 30% of the RDI in a cup (172 grams)
Quinoa, cooked: 33% of the RDI the in a cup (185 grams)
Almonds: 25% of the RDI in a quarter cup (24 grams)
Cashews: 25% of the RDI in a quarter cup (30 grams)
Mackerel: 19% of the RDI in 3.5 ounces (100 grams)
Avocado: 15% of the RDI in one medium avocado (200 grams)
Salmon: 9% of the RDI in 3.5 ounces (100 grams)
There are so, so many foods that aid in boosting your magnesium levels. For more information about magnesium-rich foods head over to https://www.algaecal.com/algaecal-ingredients/magnesium/magnesium-rich-foods/
Sometimes balancing deficiencies in the body can have a huge positive impact on your overall health, they are also very simple to rectify with just a few tweaks in your diet.
Alternatively, If you are after a bit of ‘me time’ and have experienced floating or are just looking to try it out, Freedom Float Centre offers a number of different pricing options including membership deals which you can share with one other person making it super cheap to escape the noise. Invest in your health today, call 07 5535 7778 to enquire.
As always, if you suspect you may have an underlying condition, or are on other medications, consult your doctor before beginning any extra supplementation.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this read and we will see you in the centre soon!