Let’s talk about alcohol & your period!
We’ll share how alcohol can impact your hormones as well as tips on how to best support your body over this time!
So, there is no avoiding that alcohol can disrupt your hormones & block your pathway to happy periods. Even just one drink per day can cause circulating estrogen to increase which worsens PMS symptoms, cramps, mood swings, low energy, anxiety, endometriosis and PCOS.
Alcohol can make symptoms worse by:
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Disrupting blood sugar function impairing liver detoxification and gut health
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Depleting Magnesium stores
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All in all, it’s always best to keep drinking to a minimum, but if you are going to drink to keep it to 4 drinks per week, however when party season rolls around this may seem challenging, we get it!
So to help a you out, here are a few of our go-to tips:
- Do a sweaty workout before a night of drinking as it will rev up your metabolism enhancing your body's ability to metabolize the alcohol you drink. Your metabolic rate will stay elevated for up to 24 hours post exercise, so it will help your body to break down the alcohol even while you’re snoozing!
- Take a B-Complex vitamin (In both supplements) as alcohol depletes vitamin and mineral stores, and especially B-vitamins as our body uses B's to process alcohol. It’s one of the reasons you’ll feel flat and fatigued the day after. Taking a B-complex will help with energy, moods and will lessen your post-booze pounding headache.
- Choose less sugary drink options that have minimal effect on blood sugar levels. E.g dry spirits (vodka, gin, rum, tequila, brandy, whiskey), red wine or beer. Skip on the sugary drink mixes like lemonade, cordials, cranberry juice and coke. Instead opt for soda and fresh lime!
- Your body can process approximately one drink per hour, so take it slow between drinks! Because alcohol is a diuretic, it dehydrates you, forcing your organs to soak up h2o from anywhere they can. As you become more dehydrated, that’s when the headache appears the next morning. Drink a glass of water for every serving of alcohol you consume, ideally at the same time or right after.
- Be mindful of your consumption by setting a personal drinking limit for yourself if you think you'll be drinking out a few times each week.
At the end of the day it is important to understand that alcohol does impact our hormones so if you are someone who suffers from period problems we ultimately recommend going the alcohol-free route!