Here are a few things that make your period more painful:
Poor sleep. Sleep is a backbone to optimal health and if we aren’t giving your body the rest it deserves it can’t do what it needs to do while we sleep. Poor sleep also increases stress which increases inflammation which increases period pain.
Alcohol. If you have a drink here and there, ok…but try to avoid alcohol around your period as alcohol dehydrates you and also depletes us of magnesium which are both helpful in reducing PMS and period pain.
Sugar. Sugar is the devil, but it’s so so good, right? But…it wreaks havoc on our hormones. It spikes insulin which plays a role in our estrogen, progesterone and testosterone balance. So, if these hormones aren’t balanced–hello PMS!
Stress. Who isn’t stressed? I’m sure a lot of us experienced increased stress over the holidays which is why in last weeks message I mentioned how the next 2 periods might be brutal…but stress can also lower our pain threshold which makes us more susceptible to PMS.
Which one of these do you need to work on?