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Refreshing Relief – Why Smoothies Are Good During Your Period

Smoothies are quite versatile. You may easily make the healthiest smoothie for period cramps - detoxifying, and gut-friendly - all in one glass! Do how do smoothies actually help period cramps? In this blog series, we'll explore the how & why. We will also be sharing some of our favourite menstrual pain-relieving smoothie recipes that you can easily whip up. Before we get into the recipes (the topic of our upcoming blogs in the series), let’s have a look at how the ingredients in a smoothie actually help to ease painful periods. Curbing Inflammation In a previous post on Natural Remedies For Periods, we addressed how the fundamental cause of menstruation pain is high amounts of a hormone called prostaglandin....

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Toxic Shock Syndrome (Part 2) – Can Cups Protect You?

All of this information in part 1 is great, right? But however rare, we know that TSS does happen. The good news is that there are measures we can take to protect ourselves. We've put together a useful checklist to help you understand how to properly care for your cup and when you should choose to take a break and temporarily use a sustainable alternative like period underwear instead of vaginally implanted products. Maintaining Cup Hygiene • Sanitize your cup by boiling it for 2-3 minutes (no longer than 5 minutes) and wiping it thoroughly in between periods. • Throwing your storage bag in with a load of laundry to wash • Before inserting or removing your cup, wash your...

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Toxic Shock Syndrome (Part 1) – What You Need To Know

TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome) is a disorder caused by bacterial toxins (pathogen Staphylococcus aureus) that is commonly connected with menstruation products. But it can be contracted by both men and women through a variety of routes. TSS can result in death or amputation of limbs in some extreme circumstances. The Main Culprit – Tampons Tampons have been a major source of TSS for decades, but the peak of TSS cases occurred in the 1970s, when Proctor and Gamble's "Rely" ultra absorbent tampon caused multiple deaths. Although this tampon was withdrawn from the market, incidences involving both proper and improper tampon usage continue to be reported. Tampon users are advised to follow the manufacturer's recommendations, avoid bleached tampons or ones made...

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Heat Oil & Water - The 3 Elements Of Period Care

Your body is your best friend, till the end. What would you do if your actual best-friend was going through a hard time? You'll obviously look after them and give them everything you've got - you'll strive to be there for them at all times, check in on them, pamper them, and make sure they go back to their old selves as quickly as possible. Why shouldn't you want to do the same for yourself if you're prepared to do it for someone else? Stay in touch with your body during a grueling time like menstruation with these 3 elements: Bring The Heat Relax the muscles of your uterus by applying a warm patch or wrap to your abdomen. Heat ...

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Vaginal Discharge (Part 2) ~ True Care

In this blog we will be picking up where we left off the last time around. Let’s end the series with some tips on period care as far as vaginal discharge is concerned. Tracking Ovulation Using Vaginal Discharge Getting to know your discharge is key. In a nutshell, your cervix generates more mucus before ovulation, which seems thinner, whereas the mucus thickens and decreases after ovulation. Also understand that a variety of external factors, such as medicine, period products, and lubricant use, can change the appearance of your cervical mucus. Tips For Self-care To reduce your risk of having abnormal vaginal discharge, practice good personal hygiene. What we mean is, make sure you are washing your vulva and the outside...

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