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8 Things That Your Period Can Tell You About Your Health

8 Things That Your Period Can Tell You About Your Health

As women who are always on the run, it can be easy to miss the signs that your body gives you or to dismiss them as not being anything serious. However, in some cases, ignoring these signals can be dangerous to your health.

A woman’s menstrual cycle can tell her a lot about the things that are going on in her body. Here are 8 things that your period can tell you about your current health:

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1. Intense Cramping

Because cramps can start early on in a woman’s life, they may think that experiencing an intense level of cramping is normal, but it really isn’t. These kinds of cramps can be an early symptom of endometriosis, which can be a source of infertility. When your cramps rise to the level that they disrupt your life, it is important to talk to a doctor.

2. Heavy Flow

When your menstrual flow is particularly heavy, it may cause you to become anemic. Common signs of this are headaches and a lack of energy. If this is the case, your doctor can simply test your iron levels. If you are anemic, there are several simple solutions that you can implement that don’t require big lifestyle changes, but are important to your overall health.

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3. Unexpected Bleeding Before or After Your Period

When you experience bleeding that takes place apart from your usual cycle, it is known as “breakthrough bleeding.” In some cases, it may be harmless, but it can also be a sign that you may have polyps within your uterus or on your cervix. When you’ve noticed this, talk to your gynecologist.

4. Missed Periods on a Regular Basis

If your periods have stopped occurring and you have gained or lost a lot of weight, it may be a sign that your body is not getting the nutrients that it needs. If you are not eating the amounts that your body needs, your cycle may stop completely. If this is the case, it is important to speak with a physician about how to best support your body.

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5. Varying Levels of Period Flow

If your period is light one month and extremely heavy the next, it may be a sign that your thyroid is having difficulty in functioning correctly. The thyroid helps to regulate your hormones, and doctors can perform some simple tests to determine if this is the cause of the irregularity.

6. Individual Missed Periods

If you regularly experience abnormal or irregular periods, your body may be trying to tell you that your hormone levels are out of whack. It’s easy to have your hormone levels checked by your doctor, so talk to them early if this is a regular occurrence for you.

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7. Bleeding That Starts and Stops

If your flow starts and stops during your cycle, it may be a sign of uterine cancer or a number of other conditions that may not be as drastic. However, if this symptom is coupled by intense pain when involved in sexual activity, it’s a good idea to discuss it with your doctor to determine the cause of your symptoms.

8. Discharge from the Breasts

If you have begun to experience discharge that is a creamy white color from your breasts, coupled with irregular or missed periods, it may be an early sign of a tumor on your pituitary gland. Talk to your doctor immediately if you experience this symptom, especially if you also regularly deal with headaches.

Paying Attention to Your Body

Your body will usually let you know if something is not working properly. If something doesn’t feel right, talk to your doctor about it. It can be scary to take the time to face health issues head on, but doing so in a timely manner can also make things much easier to treat or address. Your body can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Give your body your best by paying attention to the things that it is telling you and your health will show the results!

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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