The Period Flu

What is it?? It’s not a real medical diagnosis, but it is a real thing. Changes in our hormones can make us feel sick. Before your period, estrogen levels and progesterone levels can fluctuate all of a sudden which is why you might experience flu-like symptoms: nausea. Feeling achy, sluggish, or more tired than normal. In more extreme cases, some women feel feverish or dizzy before their period 

What is progesterone? It’s a hormone involved in the reproductive system/menstral cycle that helps thicken the lining of the uterus to prepare for a fertilized egg. If there is no fertilized egg, progesterone levels drop and welcome Aunt Flo. As you get you period, prostaglandins (inflammatory hormones) are released which can lead to that unwanted bloating/inflamed feeling, painful menstral periods and cramping. 

How to tell if you really are sick? 

Many women (and yes us included) tend to change our diets right before our period starts – insert craving sugar or junk food and feeling extra snacky! We always crave sweets! Salty foods like chips or foods with higher sodium levels can cause us to feel bloated and cause inflammation due to increased water retention. Increased water intention can lead to joint pain or that achy feeling. So it is possible your sudden change in diet or healthy habits could lead you to feeling those flu like symptoms. 

What can help? 

•Take a NSAID – nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen or midol to help combat bloating/inflammation and cramps 

•Talk to your doctor about birth control to balance hormones and keep them steady throughout the month 

•Healthy Eating habits: avoid sodium or sugars that can cause inflammation and bloat. Eat whole natural foods. Craving sugar? Endorphins in chocolate can make you feel better but we don’t mean a jar of chocolate frosting – try a piece or two of dark chocolate 

•Move Around – exercise daily, spend time outdoors or do yoga to help boost your mood and and alleviate any body aches. If you’re feeling more tired, skip the cardio that requires more energy and stick with light running or walking. But if you feel energized, go for strength training and throw some weights around! Keep up with your routine but just pay attention to how you feel and adjust your routine & to your energy levels. 

•Nix caffeine – during our menstral cycle we tend to feel lack of energy or tired, but upping your caffeine intake can have a negative effect on your body resulting in disruptive sleep patterns and affecting your energy. 

•Drink tea – try a tea that is naturally inflammatory instead that can help withbloating and feeling puffy. Ginger, green tea, roobios, peppermint and turmeric teas are all good for anti inflammation. Add cinnamon which also has anti inflammation properties and can reduce swelling. 

•Use essential oils – try using lavender oils which can help calm your body/mind and relax your muscles making you feel more chill & zen and can help you sleep better. Peppermint oil is another good one to relieve headaches and increase your focus/energy 

•Try Vitamins – B6 can improve your mood and help reduce moodiness, symptoms of depression and emotional feelings that come with PMS. Magnesium can help reduce painful cramps in some woman by relaxing your muscles. It also helps relieves anxiety and improves sleep quality 

If you have found that none of these tips work for you and you experience very painful periods, it is best to talk with your doctor as this could lead to an underlying condition such as endometriosis. 

We hope these tips help when it comes to that time of the month. If you have any tips that work for you, feel free to share or DM us on Instagram @Fit_ForFlight Go Live. Stay Fit. Be Healthy 

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