Got period fatigue? No worries, it’s pretty common. During prime PMS time our estrogen levels (female sex hormone) rise, then falls which can leave you feeling fatigued.
Fatigue before and during the period: what causes it?
The roller coaster ride that is our hormones are one of the main culprits to causing fatigue before and during our period, but other elements come into play too.
Yes, we know this feeling. Cravings for sugary and salty foods are totally normal. But this can also lead to bloating, the energy level drops, and more. Add more whole grains, fruits, veggies, fatty fish for balance.
Low iron levels can greatly impact your energy, especially around the time of the month. It’s a good idea to know your baseline and know your levels.
Of course, being stressed, dehydration, other nutrient deficiencies, as well as an underlying health condition, can heighten your feelings of fatigue.
Here are 4 ways to beat period fatigue:
1. Use a period tracker
Not only does it help predict your next period, but you can track your emotions and energy levels so you are prepared for any adjustments you should make in your diet and lifestyle routine.
2. Get balanced with your eating routine
Be consistent with your meals and snacks to keep you energized throughout the day. Add more plant-based foods & stay hydrated around this time. And yes, you can have your chocolate too!
3. Get a good night’s sleep
I know it’s easier said than done, but ensuring you’re fully rested is crucial to fighting pre-menstrual fatigue.
4. Move your body!
For an energy boost, give exercise a go. Get the blood flowing and heart-racing to release those endorphins.
If you’ve tried all the things and still feel exhausted, go to the doctor to see if there’s an underlying issue.
Listen to our podcast on How to Beat Period Fatigue.