How to Feel Better on Your Period

Let’s face it: When it comes to puberty and your monthly period, there are lots of things you can’t predict and don’t have power over. For example, you don’t know when you will get your period for the first time or what day of the week it will arrive.

But here’s some good news! There are actually a lot of things you can control. You can affect how you feel during your period. You can stay energized and feel great all week long instead of feeling tired or worn out. Here are some tips to help you feel better during your period:

1. Exercise With Lighter Activities

Easy exercises like stretching, yoga, walking or swimming help increase blood flow, which cuts down on cramping. Sitting still can make you feel worse, so it is important to exercise. A spontaneous dance party with your girlfriends (or alone in your room) is a great way to lift your spirits and keep you moving, too.

2. Hug A Heating Pad

The cozy warm feeling of a heating pad on your tummy is oh-so-soothing when cramps have you feeling not-so-great. It can soothe your muscles, easing your body’s discomfort and minimizing cramps.

3. Drink Water And Stay Hydrated

It might seem odd that you need to drink more water when you’re feeling the most bloated, puffy and full, but the more water you drink, the more easily you will eliminate the water building up in your body. Drink eight to 10 8-ounce glasses of fluid like water, juice or milk throughout the day (not all at once). If you’re on-the-go, be sure to carry a water bottle with you. This will help you stay hydrated throughout your busy day.

4. Eat Good-For-You Foods

Try eating more fresh fruit and green veggies. You should work towards getting at least five portions a day of fruits and vegetables. When you eat enough of the right foods it can make all the difference. It can also steer you away from the foods that can make your period symptoms worse: junk food, chocolate and salty foods. Better bets for snack cravings? Try snacking on carrots with hummus, apples with peanut butter, or blend up a smoothie. Plus, fruits and veggies contain lots of water, so you’re filling up on the good stuff and staying hydrated at the same time.

5. Avoid Caffeine

Caffeine also makes you retain water and can give you that achy, crampy, bloated feeling, so it’s best to cut it out of your diet altogether. Did you know that caffeine isn’t just in coffee and tea? It’s also in sodas and chocolate. Good substitutes are ginger ale (same bubbles and sweet taste with tummy-settling ginger), herbal tea and herbal iced tea, or just plain water. If you’re craving chocolate, grab a small piece of dark chocolate instead of a big candy bar.

6. Catch Your Zs

Teens need eight to nine hours of sleep per night, especially when you have your period. Getting enough sleep will help you wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

7. Take Notes

Being prepared is your best defense when it comes to your period. Record your period each month on a tracker to chart when it starts, how long it lasts, how heavy it is on each day, and what side effects you have before, during, and after. After a few months you’re likely to see a pattern and you’ll be prepared.

8. Use Period Protection That Lets You Stay Active

Finding the right pantiliners, pads and tampons that provide great protection while meeting your personal needs are important to feeling your best. Daily liners keep you feeling fresh and prepared before your period, and pads are great protection during your period that are now incredibly thin to move with your body. If you’re very active, consider tampons, like Tampax Pearl tampons,which are worn internally. Choose the lowest absorbency necessary for your flow and be sure to change it every 4-8 hours. Many women use a combination of products as a “system” so find out what works best for you.

So with these tips, your monthly period doesn’t have to prevent you from activities you’re used to. You can continue being the fun, happy and energized teen you have always been.

The ultimate guide to Sunscreens!

What are the various types of Sunscreen?

There are two different types of sunscreens.

  1. Physical Blockers.
  2. Chemical Blockers.

The Physical Blockers reflects back the UV rays. Its ingredients doesn’t gets absorbed into the skin. Chemical Blockers work by absorbing UV rays into itself. The Sunscreen we gets into the market has both physical and chemical properties.

Why we need Physical Blocker or a Sunblock if we have the combination of both physical and chemical?

It is because some people are allergic or their skin gets damage after when they get chemicals applied on their skin. Secondly new born babies older than 6 months should use the physical blockers.

The frequently used ingredients in the physical Sunscreen are:

  • Zinc Oxide
  • Titanium Oxide

Frequently used ingredients in Chemical Blockers:

  • Avobenzone
  • Oxybenzone
  • PABA
  • Salicylates

Which Sunscreen formulation should you use?

People with oily skin can use gel based sunscreens. While people with normal skin can use both gel based as formed as well as in lotion form. The people with dry skin should use Sunscreen in cream form.

How you can assess the efficiency of Sunscreen?

Here we have to take care of two things.

1. Star rating

** means medium efficiency.

*** means high efficiency.

**** means higher efficiency.

2. SPF (Sun Protection Factor)

It is the protection against UV visible rays.

  • SPF 15 – 93% protection.
  • SPF 30 – 97% protection.
  • SPF 55 – 98% protection.

Should we apply SPF-50 instead of SPF-30 just for 1% protection?

Well yes, every bit of protection matters.

Can there be a drawback of using higher SPF?

Some people can get false sense of security. That if they are applying higher SPF they are invincible. But that’s not the case. A Sunscreen can provide a basic protection. However if you want full protection avoid sun in the peak hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In this time period wear sun glasses and sun clothes that covers your body from Sun.

How much quantity of Sunscreen should you apply?

Quantity of Sunscreen is really an important factor for determining the degree of protection. You must apply 2 to 2 ½ finger tips on a face nick spread it evenly on your face.

  • You must apply it 15 minutes before going into the sun. Reapply it after every 3 to 4 hours.

Should you apply Sunscreen when sitting indoors?

Definitely yes, UV radiation can penetrate through all kind of glasses and can penetrate deep into your skin and can cause photo aging. So must apply it in the indoors.

Stay Healthy Stay Happy!

6 Things That Will Happen if You Will Stop Eating Sugar for a Week?

I don’t know about you but my friends will stop calling me “Sweetie”. Eating too much sugar can seriously affect your health. Its leads to weight gain sharp mood swings and even addiction.

  • Some Nutritionists consider sugar even more than FAT.

What will happen to your Heart, Brain, and Skin if you will quit sugar?

6. You Will Overcome a Serious Addiction

Studies showed that sugar is more addictive than cocaine.

Lab rats are given cocaine until they get addicted to it. Then they have given a choice either to continue cocaine or to switch to sugar and you know what? THEY SWITCHED TO SUGAR!

5. Your Breath Will Be Better

Sugar doesn’t just cause gum disease and cavities. It also provides a source of food for bacteria in these conditions they reproduce more quickly which results in a terrible breath.

4. You Will Increase Your Brain Power

Studies hinders such activities as learning and memorizing things. When preparing for exams, it’s better to stay away from chocolate and other sugar containing kind of foods. LESS SUGAR MEANS MORE KNOWLEDGE!

3. You Will Less Likely to Have Alzheimer’s disease

There is a chemical in your brain, known as BDNP. It helps the brain to form connections and make new memories. Drop in the factor has been linked to eating excessive amount of sugar.

2. Your Skin Will Looks Younger

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that giving up sugar may result in acne disappearing. Sugar is inflammatory. Inflammation is a known cause of acne.

1. Your Heart Will Thank You!

People who eat too much sugar have a much higher risk of having a heart attack. Soft drinks are trigger of coronary heart disease. Another reason is that it will cause decrease in insulin level and drop of the average heart rate that means your blood pressure will also decrease.

Stay Happy Stay Healthy!