A lot of us women absolutely loathe the day our period comes knocking on the door. Why? Because we have to deal with things like cramping, bloating, and the emotionally draining symptoms of a menstrual cycle.
During this time of the month, we feel absolutely bummed out. All we want to do is take a deep dive into a bag of potato chips and remain completely stagnant in bed while watching TV.
But enticing as this might sound, these guilty pleasures can be more harmful than we might think.
Here are some of the things that you should never do when you are on your period:
Eat Salty Foods
When you are on your period, you will most likely experience water retention, or what’s best known as bloating. Therefore, doctors recommend that women stay away from high amounts of salty foods because they can worsen bloating.
Salty foods tend to be very dehydrating, so your body overcompensates by stockpiling hydration.
However, if you are reading this and have already fallen down the salty foods hole and are feeling a bit puffy, drink plenty of water so that you flush out the excess salt and your body can return to its normal state.
Eat A Lot Of Dairy
Dairy is not your friend during your period. Ever notice how much more gassy you are around the time of your period? Most of this is hormonal.
Add dairy on top of that, and it’s like adding salt to the wound. More cramping, irritable bowels, please!
Overload on Caffeine
There’s nothing like a morning cup of coffee or tea to wake your brain up. But, when its that time of the month, you might want to temporarily skip taking in any caffeine.
Why? Because caffeine can worsen discomfort from cramps and bloating because it constricts blood vessels and even worsen menstrual cramps.
You might be tempted to keep douching during your period, but girl, don’t. Just don’t.
Douching, in general, is not general because it causes an imbalance in your vagina’s pH. This doesn’t change during your period.
Leave Sanitary Products in Too Long
Even when you’re just in bed all day long, don’t be tempted to wear a pad or tampon for too long.
More particularly, for women using tampons, changing every four to six hours is an important step to prevent toxic shock syndrome.
Sleep less hours
Pulling an all-nighter while you are on your period is a disaster in waiting.
According to doctors, when you are on your period, your body is overworking and when you decide to stay up all night, the stress hormone cortisol increases.
This can then lead to imbalanced hormones, which can have an effect on the severity of your period.
Skip out on exercise
During this time of the month, it’s easy to throw our hands in the air and skip out on doing our exercise routines.
In fact, exercising can help lessen cramps and pain associated with periods. This is because when we exercise, our bodies release endorphins or otherwise known as the happiness hormone.
This boost of endorphins is also great for counteracting mood swings so you can stay on the up-and-up.