Archives for January 2019
We can’t deny that cramps accompanying your period suck. However, as with other symptoms caused by hormonal imbalances, changes in the way you eat can really help to alleviate the pain. Brazen to the rescue! We’ve created a short list of three foods that are going to change the way you deal with your periods, lessening your cramps and the pain you’ve been experiencing
We hear all the time about how bananas are full of potassium, but it’s not every day that we’re told about the benefits bananas offer when we’re on our periods. The potassium found in bananas is helpful in a few very important ways, preventing the retention of water that can lead to bloating and increasing the levels of potassium that we need to prevent cramping while menstruating. Bananas are also high in Vitamin B6, which is a nutrient that fights against cramps and muscle soreness. With various sources of anti-cramping nutrients, bananas are no doubt a go-to snack while you’re on your period.
While it’s pretty common to hear about chocolate being a huge craving for women on their periods, it turns out dark chocolate is insanely helpful when you’re dealing with menstrual cramps. It contains a ton of magnesium, which relaxes your muscles and eases aches to reduce the pain. Plus, it causes your brain to release endorphins, which help to make you feel happier and more at peace, which we all know is essential when dealing with PMS.
Ginger has become a widely used food in dealing with the pain of menstrual cramps, having been common in traditional Chinese medicine for years. While ginger has been used across the world to help with anything from motion sickness to various forms of inflammation, it has become pretty well known for assisting with common symptoms of PMS and cramps while experiencing a period. Ginger’s healing effects can work effectively even just with a cup of tea, which you can make with the recipe here.
Whatever you may be craving, there are quite a few options when it comes to foods that can help alleviate cramping when you’re on your period. Ranging from the spice of ginger to the bittersweet taste of dark chocolate, you’re sure to find something that tastes good and helps a lot, too. If worst comes to worst and foods aren’t helping you out much, you might want to try relieve.
Are your periods typically short (1-3 days)?
If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that GIFs have the potential to make everything feel more relatable - from awkward moments to quotes from your favorite TV show. With period problems and periods in general already being so common, it only makes sense for period GIFs to be our type of thing. We’ve compiled a few of our favorites right here, hoping to bring you some laughter and a few little period-related situations we’re sure you can relate to.
How can anyone not love (or be borderline obsessed with) Jess on her period? Seriously. The writers of New Girl really know what’s going on. From mood swings to cravings to cramps, Jess is the perfect example of all of the PMS and period problems you don’t want to have to deal with…although soft pretzels do sound kind of good, now that I think about it.
Fair enough. Cramps suck. While they shouldn’t have to (hint hint: hormonal imbalances are throwing your body way off whack), sometimes they pop up and catch you off guard. While you may not be dying, we get that it can feel like it on occasion. That’s why we exist, guys. Brazen isn’t about the dying during your period life. You don’t need to be, either.
We can never get too many New Girl period quotes. This GIF is too relevant – from the heat pad to the outfit, but especially what she’s saying. Sometimes it all seems like too much at the wrong time. We feel you, Jess.
Uh, yes! These are some pretty awesome guys (with some pretty awesome color coordination skills) speaking truth about what’s going on with our bodies so often. And yeah, sometimes it does feel like as big of a deal as they’re making it out to be. It’s exhausting. It hurts. At least these guys have got your back, though.
Yes. #preach. With so many euphemisms for your period used all around the world, sometimes you can forget that your period is something normal. Owning what’s going on in your body, and actually being able to say it, makes you the rockstar of empowerment.
It’s almost impossible now (at least for me) to think about tampons without thinking about She’s the Man. With all the super cool new period products coming out now trying to help give us easier bleeding days or safer materials, there’s one big thing connecting them all: “It absorbs right up”. #goals
From the products you’re using to the symptoms you’re experiencing, the world around you understands. We hope these GIFs give you a laugh, or at least a sense of comfort in knowing even the TV world feels your pain. If all else fails, though, just pop on an episode of New Girl where Jess has her period and try not to laugh at how relatable it is.
Let’s face it. Acne has never been our friend - not in our teens, not on our way to adulthood, and definitely not at the same time as our periods. Like we’ve talked about before, though, acne can be caused by hormonal imbalances. Changing your diet, even a little, can have huge effects on the symptoms you’re experiencing, which is why we’ve compiled a list of a few foods to help zap away your hormonal acne accompanying your period.
Fish is known for being rich in omega-3’s, which help to reduce inflammation (aka, reduce acne). While many have plentiful Vitamin A and D, fish oil and cod liver oil tend to have even higher levels, which further help to reduce the puffiness that can be occurring.
If you’re not a fan of fish, there are plenty of other foods rich in omega-3’s like walnuts that can be used as an anti-inflammatory alternative.
Like fish, flaxseeds and flax oil contain a lot of omega-3, which helps to soothe the inflamed areas. Flaxseeds also may have the capability of reducing stress, which is an added bonus in the case of PMS and associated symptoms. (Love bonuses, am I right?) Properties found in flaxseed can also promote ovulation, making your cycle more natural and balanced, which seems ideal to us.
Rich in antioxidants, green tea has been commonly used to reduce blemishes, as well as their resulting scars. Starting from within the body, green tea can even out blood sugar levels, stabilizing skin and decreasing the risk of acne. Drinking tea helps reduce the prevalence of acne, but applying green tea topically also can even out your skin, reducing redness and preventing inflammation.
While green tea is great for reducing acne before and after it’s already there, it also has a ton of health benefits ranging from improving brain function and killing bacteria that leaves you prone to infection.
This common citrus fruit is known for two acne-helping vitamins, A and C. Vitamin A, as we’ve gone over, is a huge deal for reducing acne and inflammation, while Vitamin C strengthens the immune system overall.
A raw orange can give you the full benefits from both vitamins - preventing acne in the first place and helping to heal it when it does pop up. Stay away from sweetened juices though, the extra sugar only fuels inflammation, and acne.
Probiotics, bacteria that are beneficial for your health, help stabilize the bacteria in the body by introducing more of the good kind in hopes of outnumbering the less than helpful variety. While the bacteria isn’t directly in your skin, the accumulation of bad varieties in your gut can easily affect your skin and body as a whole. Also, probiotics help us absorb the acne-fighting nutrients we consume within the foods listed above, helping our body to accept the good and overpower the more negative things within it.
Carrots, typically known for helping eyesight, actually have a huge effect on reducing acne and hormonal imbalances in general. First of all, they help to stabilize estrogen levels, keeping hormones stable and regulated. Along with that, carrots help to rid your body of toxins and bad bacteria.
High in beta-carotene that eventually gets converted into Vitamin A, carrots are full of beneficial nutrients for reducing acne and for stabilizing hormones within our bodies to make sure acne doesn’t pop up again. Sounds like a good deal to me.
Whatever you may be hungry for, there are plenty of options when it comes to foods that can help stabilize hormonal imbalances and lessen the acne that shows up at different points in your cycle.
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As we’ve said plenty of times before, hormonal imbalances tend to be the root of a lot of symptoms associated with the ‘normal’ period. (Here, you can read why it’s not really normal.) While the symptoms of PMS do seem common, they can easily be minimized with a few diet changes, including the introduction of these five awesome foods.
Bloating can be caused by the retention of water, which is greatly helped out when you drink more water or have more foods primarily made of water. For this reason, honeydew (as well as cantaloupe and watermelon) helps reduce bloating by cueing the kidneys to release the excess water in your body.
Honeydew is also high in potassium, which can help with a variety of PMS symptoms, much like the similarly helpful bananas.
Eating lean meats, like chicken, turkey, and lean red meat, can help increase the iron in your body to make up for the iron you’re losing each month. The protein in the meat will help you to feel more energized, while the presence of Vitamin B12 will give you another burst of energy to fight the common lethargic feeling associated with your period. Eating protein snacks also helps to stabilize blood sugar between meals, helping make sure that your emotions stay balanced and stable as well.
Full of carbohydrates that heighten serotonin levels to better your mood, popcorn is a whole grain (healthier carb source, woohoo!) with nutrients hidden within. While you may be moody or grumpy while on your period, this snack offers a quick and easy mood boost while also giving you more energy to make it through the day without the down in the dumps feeling you may be used to.
Pumpkin seeds have been proven to have quite a few benefits when it comes to dealing with PMS. Rich in magnesium, they’re known for easing your moodiness and your aching muscles (sounds like the ideal 2 in 1 deal, am I right?). They also have a helpful dose of manganese, which is an added bonus for your mood while PMS-ing.
Beans seem to be a superfood when it comes to being on your period. From the benefits of the high levels of magnesium, with increased serotonin and less bloating, it seems like a PMS cure-all - stabilizing moods and your body at the same time.
No matter what your PMS symptoms may be, there’s definitely a food (or two or three) out there to help you to combat the struggles you’re facing before your period. With so many foods out there helping a whole bunch of symptoms at once, you’re sure to find a few small diet changes hugely helpful in making your PMS come with a lot less stress.
One tried and true way people have been working to destigmatize periods is the idea of tweeting about them. No filter. No embarrassment. Just acceptance of what’s going on in our bodies. It’s hard to not be excited about people embracing their periods, especially when the people talking about them are hilarious (I mean, good luck reading some of these and not cracking up.)
In honor of these rockstars taking over the internet with small glimpses into the world of periods, we want to share a few of our favorite tweets on the hashtags that have been created by women to make periods something we don’t fear talking about. Because, seriously, these women are talking about everything and we love it.
It is what it is. Yes, my body did that. Yes, I’m pretty ok with it.
Sometimes, your period (and your body) is going to be downright weird. We love the way, though, that Twitter is making a place where people can really own whatever their body is up to. Even the weird and awkward stories need to be shared, because with each awkward moment, another woman is feeling a little less awkward about her own. We’ve all been there; it just takes a few stories to make us understand that (and feel so much less discomfort with our own periods).
These tweets, found on #LiveTweetYourPeriod, #TweetYourPeriod, and other hashtags across the social media site, are finally giving voices to the part of a woman’s life that is so often ignored. Talking about periods and shedding light (finally!) on so much of what accompanies them is making everyone a little less confused and a whole lot more open – which sure sounds like a good change to us.
When digging through the posts of so many menstruating women, there were almost too many hilarious food craving or unexplained rage related Tweets to choose from. As we’ve said before, these symptoms definitely don’t have to be there (and shouldn’t – thanks a lot, hormonal imbalances, for messing with us on SO many levels). While they’re a consistent part of your cycle, though, you might as well Tweet about them for what they are – a pain in the butt.
Sharing little moments like these, even when they aren’t super big deals, are what allow the people reading to connect and really understand. There’s a reason that people on Twitter, writers, and women across the world are responding. It’s that these 140 character posts give women something they can relate to.
By sharing your own period stories, you’re giving women their own chance to relate to you and share a story of their own, creating a cycle of talking about the taboo topic of periods until it’s not taboo anymore.
While helping to get rid of the stigma on periods by talking about what has always been seen as ‘awkward’ or ‘gross’, Tweeting about your period is reminding women that, though we may not talk about it often, we’ve all been there, providing comfort in a community of understanding.