Period side effects can range in severity, and can affect performance physically and mentally. There are a few easy things you can do to reduce symptoms.
Increasing hydration helps flush out your system to fight bloating, gas and constipation. Like it or not, decreasing caffeine intake will also help by reducing cramps. On those days when the cramps are really bad but you still want to go for a run, try applying a sticky heating pad to your lower abdomen for on-the-go treatment.
There are many medicinal ways to manage period pain, including magnesium, acetaminophen, NSAIDs and birth control. If you’re into more natural options, some foods, herbs and supplements can also help manage period side effects. You may want to ask your best running friend what they do, but it’s important to have a chat with your doctor to discuss the best options based on your health history prior to starting something new.