In today’s blog we discuss all things menstruation also known as women’s periods.

๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ธย ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜;
๐Ÿญ. ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฃ๐— ๐—ฆ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ.
๐Ÿฎ. ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ต๐˜† ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜‡๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฃ๐— ๐—ฆ ๐˜€๐˜†๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ผ๐—บ๐˜€
๐Ÿฏ. ๐—ช๐—ต๐˜† ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜‚๐—บ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ
๐Ÿฐ. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜‚๐—บ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ.

Let’sย dive into it.

๐‘บ๐’ย ๐’˜๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’Š๐’” ๐‘ท๐‘ด๐‘บ?
For those of you whoย aren’tย aware of what premenstrual syndrome is then let me shed some light.ย Simply put, PMS refers to the physical and emotional symptoms of a female pre-menstruation or pre-bleed.ย 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.

๐‘บ๐’ย ๐‘ท๐‘ด๐‘บ ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’‚ ๐’๐’–๐’Ž๐’ƒ๐’†๐’“ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’…๐’Š๐’‡๐’‡๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’”๐’š๐’Ž๐’‘๐’•๐’๐’Ž๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’“๐’๐’–๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’๐’Š๐’‡๐’†.

๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜‚๐—ฝ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒย ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด;

๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด; symptoms of isolation, avoidance of social activities, introverted behaviours, emotional outbursts, anger, insomnia, brain fog or forgetfulness.

๐—”๐—ป๐˜…๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด; nervous tension, perspiration under pressure, irritability, anxiety, shortness of breath or a heavy chest.

๐—ช๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด; breast pain and/or tenderness, bloating, abdominal discomfort, oedemaย in the lower extremities, swollen ankles/knees.

๐—ข๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐˜†๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ผ๐—บ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ; 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 donโ€™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.

๐—ฆ๐—ผ ๐˜„๐—ต๐˜† ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜‚๐—บ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ผ๐—ณย ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ธ?ย ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒย ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€…

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 hormoneโ€™s ability to intensify cramps.โ€ฏIt 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 toย open upย your pores and as you relax the magnesium will do its thing. Along withย tons of other benefits floating has on not just your physical health but your mental health, itย definitely isย 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 reproductiveย age.ย It is also estimated that up to 75% of the population are not meeting their recommended intake of Magnesium.ย  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 muscleย function,ย 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.ย maybeย itโ€™sย 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.

๐‘ฉ๐’†๐’๐’๐’˜ ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’”๐’๐’Ž๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’‡๐’‚๐’—๐’๐’–๐’“๐’Š๐’•๐’† ๐’˜๐’‚๐’š๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’ˆ๐’†๐’• ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’๐’†๐’”๐’Š๐’–๐’Ž ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’ƒ๐’๐’…๐’š.

Food Sourcesย 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 (70โ€“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 hopeย youโ€™veย enjoyed this read and we will see you in the centre soon!

Stars