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When bleeding every month is inevitable, the least you can do is try to make the most of it.
Hunched up over the desk, clutching at your stomach with one hand trying to continue business as usual with the other hand, wolfing down insane amounts of chocolate and pain relieving pills – if you know, you know. The little red demon comes for us all once a month ladies.
So how do you make it better? How do you thrive through your period rather than survive? Here are a few tips:

1. Drink more water Young female training in gym healthy lifestyle drinking water

Hydration is everything, and no less so when it comes to your period. Drinking lots of water will stop you bloating as much, and if you drink warm water, you’ll increase blood flow which will relax your muscles.

2. Sleep longer Photo of a woman sleeping

Rest is paramount! Heavy bleeding can leave you feeling weak and lethargic, so getting enough sleep is vital for making sure you maintain good energy levels.

3. Eat right Young woman at home

Don’t worry – we’re not going to tell you not to eat chocolate, but your period is the time when you need to indulge in foods that will make you body as well as your mouth happy. Iron-rich foods are important, as you lose a lot of blood during your period. Think of it as the perfect time to indulge in lush overpriced salads, it’s like taking yourself to a luxury spa for a week – your body deserves the best, inside and out.

4. Work out, or don’t 

Sometimes – the last thing you want to do is a workout – and we totally get it, sometimes the best thing to do is nothing at all.
But if you’re wanting to move, walking, jogging and yoga and pilates are great forms of gentle exercise. Exercise will boost your mood, relax your body so your cramps are less intense, and help you to sleep better.

5. Go organic Closeup of early 30's attractive blond woman buying some vegetables at a local supermarket. She's standing in front of piles of vegetables and making choices.

It can be tempting (and who can blame us) to opt for the cheapest liners and menstrual wear. Our advice though: go organic. Take care of yourself during your period as you would take care of the rest of your body; clean ingredients, no funny chemicals, and soft to the touch. Thankfully there are now a whole host of brands making organic cotton and BPA period-care supplies, so you can make sure you get the best care.

What do you do to optimise your period?

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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