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What can I do to help reduce the pain and inconvenience of my periods?

Men really do have it easy, don't they. If only they knew what we go through each and every month.

Of course, sometimes our periods aren't too bad at all but sometimes they can be truly awful. However, there are several steps we can take to help ease the pain and discomfort of menstruation. And here are five of the most effective:

Stop the stress
Stress can make the symptoms of pre-menstrual tension (PMT) much worse. Try to make a special effort to relax before and during your time of the month and you will notice a real difference.

Watch that weight loss
Losing too much weight can have an adverse affect on your menstrual cycle, causing abnormal bleeding or missed periods.

Zinc
A diet low in zinc can exacerbate the cramps and bloating caused by menstruation. The best food sources of zinc are seafood, lean beef, lentils, whole grain cereals, and liver and kidney.

Omega 3 and Omega 6
The essentials fats omega 3 and omega 6 have been clinically proven to reduce dysmenorrhea and help relieve the symptoms of PMT. Cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, halibut, and herring are the best sources of these two highly beneficial fatty acids.

Exercise
Research has shown that a regular workout can significantly reduce the symptoms of PMT. Even a ten minute walk, three times a week can dramatically ease the pain and discomfort of your period.

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