Oh the joys of being a woman. Once a month, every month, for a good % of our lives, we get a lovely aunt that comes to visit us. You know which one I’m talking about, right?
Well…. I was wondering. Every month, around *that time* I get
a) Really hungry
b) Really tired
c) Really bloated
d) Really teary ;(
e) Really “plugged up”… (glamorous I know… don’t know why I’m sharing this with the world…)
f) Really hard time working out – I feel like I am made out of lead
And there’s nothing that I can really do about it, except to grin and bear it whine about it endlessly.
Do men ever have monthly fluctuations like this? Or are only women made to endure these pesky monthly changes? What would it feel like to be able to never have these emotional and physical ups and downs?
I wasn’t satisfied with the “Oh, it’s just your hormones acting up” answer, so I set out to see what I could find about why I get all these fun symptoms every month.
Estrogen: the levels of estrogen and progesterone go down just before menstruation, and this is thought to cause PMS. PMS typically happens near the end of the menstrual cycle, within a week or two before Aunt Flo comes-a-knockin’.
Mineralocorticoids: a group of hormones that regulates our fluids and electrolytes. When the levels of these hormones change, it can cause bloating.
Serotonin: regulates mood and sleep patterns. Reduced estrogen may be linked to reduced serotonin, which makes us cry when the light turns red, a leaf falls from the tree, or you see a kitten.
Sooo… what’s a girl to do?
Apparently, taking a multi-vitamin that contains folic acid, and a calcium (with vitamin D) supplement can help us with these nasty symptoms. Avoiding simple carbs (like candy, soda, bread, you get the idea) also helps (what am I supposed to do when those unbearable chocolate cravings strike…?) Avoiding Caffeine, alcohol, and salt are also ways to prevent bloating and mood swings.
I didn’t know that: eating complex carbs like whole grains and fiber and actually help you feel better.
Soooooooo I can’t completely stop feeling crappy weird every month, but I’m going to try to follow these tips to see if anything changes next month!
What do YOU to to keep feeling and perky despite these pesky nuisances? Any tried and true tips?