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My PMS is really bad. Is it PMDD?
What’s the difference between PMS and PMDD? And how can you tell which one you’re dealing with? Our founder, Kirsten Karchmer, breaks it down on the One Part Podcast with Jessica Murnane (partial transcript here). They also discuss how to improve your cycle, why digestion is so key, and how your mindset affects your health (menstrual and overall).
Michelle Williams on abortion, voting, and winning:
In case you somehow made it this far into the week without watching Michelle William’s feminist acceptance speech from the Golden Globes, here you go. Watch it and then maybe send her some fan mail? (On behalf of team Brazen: thank you, Michelle! ❤️)
Added sugar is worse than you think:
Okay, so, we all generally know that too much sugar is bad for us and that we should limit it. It’s even on the list of inflammatory foods we recommend limiting to improve your cycle. But this NYT article drops some more specific and impactful sugar bombs that will be hard to overlook. For example, we learned “the more sugar you eat, the faster you age”(!!) and consuming “high amounts of added sugar doubles the risk of heart disease, even for people who aren’t overweight.” Plus, excessive sugar consumption can “damage your liver, similarly to the way that alcohol can” and, since your liver is in charge of metabolizing hormones, if your liver suffers, you’ll likely be hit with more PMS symptoms. ALSO, it’s important to note that all the scary facts the article shares about sugar aren’t just about cane sugar, they’re about added sugar in general – including agave nectar, honey, etc. (Sorry to be the bearers of bad news.)
You Probably DO Have Time To Exercise
A lot of people use “I don’t have time” as an excuse for not exercising. But a survey of 32,000 Americans (ages 15 and older) revealed that most people have 5 hours of “leisure time” each day. So, where does the bulk of that time go? To SCREENS! More on that here. (BTW, we’ll be proud, not offended, if you put down whatever screen you’re viewing this newsletter on and do some moderate exercise now. Amongst other things, it’ll improve your period! And yes, going for a walk counts.)
Illustration by Kieran Blakey
Trying to make new habits stick in the new year? Habit Rehab may help. It’s described as a “5-day bootcamp to help you build healthy, lasting habits” but really it’s just a series of articles sharing science-backed tips to help you break the old habits you want to ditch and make the new, better habits last. (We don’t mean to be dismissive when we say “really it’s just articles…” – we just want to make sure the word “bootcamp” doesn’t intimidate you out of clicking. But, at the end of the day, it’s not even our content, so if you don’t click, that’s totally fine by us.)
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