Every woman has her do’s and dont’s when it comes to her menstrual cycle. Some might be what was passed down from her grandmother to her mother while others might be what she deduced is perfect for her body.
What you know is probably working for you, but here are five things you shouldn’t do during that time of the month.
1. Avoid sad or romantic movies
Although this might not seem harmful at first read, but think about it. When you watch sad or romantic movies, you cry which in turn gives you a headache. You see? Your hormone levels are so out of balance that as your body tries to adapt, your mind does not know how to react. Romantic movies are a recipe for disaster. Avoid watching these types of films, as they can heighten your sensitivity. Instead, use this time to catch up on the latest comedy films.
2. Be physically active
Most of us do very little during our menstrual period, especially on the first day. But according to Women’s Health, you should increase your physical activity during these days. The physical activity helps with cramps, anxiety and your roller coaster emotions.
3. Avoid consuming dairy products
Products such as milk, yogurt and cheese contain an acid called arachidonic acid; this acid can cause more cramping in the lower abdomen, which in turn causes more pain.
4. Avoid long periods of time using the same protection
Sanitary pads and tampon packages say that each product can be used for up to 8 hours long, this is however not particularly a healthy act. The highest in which you should use your protection is 4 hours and then you need to change it. This limits discomfort and prevents bacteria from developing and emitting that nasty odor we all know too well.
5. Avoid foods high in salt
Experts advise to avoid food that is high in sodium at all costs. An increased amount of sodium intake will lead to fluid retention, bloating and more cramps.