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Today’s post is all about health. As women, we tend to take the time to look after our bodies; eating healthy foods, exercising regularly and even taking time out for our mental health when things get tough. However, there’s one thing missing from this list:
As women, and indeed as human beings, one of the greatest pleasures in the world is having children, but in order to do that we must also make sure to look after our reproductive system, and here are some ways you can do it:
Practice your kegel exercises
Kegel exercises involve strengthening the pubococcygeus is (PC) muscle, which supports the pelvic bowl. It can help to prevent you developing a prolapsed uterus, urinary incontinence and improve vaginal sensitivity during intercourse. It can be practiced by stopping the flow of urine midstream. Once you’ve got that movement nailed, you can tense and relax this muscle as you sit at your desk or on the sofa for ten minutes. If you are struggling with this, talk to a reproductive clinic such as Marie Stopes to guide you through the process.
Do a yoni steam two to three times per month
A yoni steam will allow your uterus to tone and cleanse itself, keeping it healthy and clean. It is a process where you steam your vagina to allow cleansing and tightening of muscles. You should steam approximately a week before your period begins, and again immediately after.
Increase calcium and magnesium intake
Magnesium helps ease low blood sugar, dizziness and cravings brought on by PMS. Calcium reduces premenstrual fatigue and depression. There are some great mineral rich teas you can buy to keep the levels up throughout the month. But also eating foods such as seed, nuts, avocado and leafy greens can help you boost your levels while keeping the rest of your body healthy and happy.
Have regular orgasms!
Yes, you read that right. Orgasms release a whole host of hormones throughout your body, causing you to feel less stressed, cleansed and happy.
Exercising outside has two benefits- you get a good dose of vitamin D which reduces menstrual cramps, and you’ll feel great being outside moving around.
Treat yourself to a monthly hot/cold sitz bath
A sitz bath include setting up two basins, one with very cold water and one with warm water plus a sitz infusion blend. Lower yourself into the warm basin and sit for 5 minutes. Then move to the cold basin for 3 minutes. Alternate these 4 times. It reduces congestion in your pelvis and invigorates your reproductive system.
Treat menstrual cramps naturally
If you always experience painful cramps during your menstrual cycle, it may be a good idea to try some natural remedies:
Avoid cold drinks as these can aggravate cramps, stick to lots of herbal infusions to warm you inside-out and soothe the body.
Use a hot footbath to stimulate circulation and help to relax the body
Use a ginger poultice on your womb.