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Nutritional Tips for Your Cycle

By Robyn Srigley, BA, PTS, CNP, NNCP

Nutritional Tips for your Menstrual Cycle

I’m here to help women with hormonal dysfunction who are living in a state of overwhelm and anxiety to live harmoniously with the rhythms of their bodies. I do this so these women can stand in their power and use self-love as a catalyst for lasting change and Happy Hormones.

 

Listen, I’ve been through it all.

 

When I started nutrition school at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, I was on Cloud 9. I changed my diet up big time (who knew vegetarianism wasn’t going to be popular!) and studied hard. Click to continue reading… »




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Yoga and The Power of the Lunar Side

By Rebecca Warfield

 

Continuing with this month’s theme of making natural choices for our bodies, this week we’re talking about how to harness our innate connection to nature, and turn that energy into serious period-power. When we connect with our body and its natural rhythms, we gain a new level of understanding, acceptance, and even comfort with ourselves. You have the power to rethink the way you look at your period – and that important  shift can work wonders for your physical and mental well-being.

 
No matter how much we embrace our bodies, sometimes having your period can seriously suck. PMS can make your skin freak out.  Cramps can distract you from your daily activities.  And the other plethora of menstrual side effects can make a few days of your cycle less than desirable. But no matter how uncomfortable menstruation is, it is a not-so-subtle reminder for us to harness the moon’s innate potential. Plus, it is a perfect time to either start or get back into your yoga practice.

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Detox Your Period: Part 2 – Natracare Organic Cotton Tampons

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Detox Your Period: Our new blog series that divides the different types of natural alternatives available to you, giving you a run down of how they work, and which product may work best for your body. Here’s the thing: there’s no one perfect product out there. Every body is different, and what works for you may not work for us. That’s totally okay! That’s why we carry all types of products in our store. During this series, we’re going to be giving you an inside look at the features and facets of each of the products, and you can use this information as a guide to making your own detox decision.

With tons of healthy options, comes tons of questions. How do you know if you want a natural cotton tampon, a menstrual cup, or a natural pad? So many products, so little time. And while you may not have the opportunity to try them all out – we’ve got your back. BPP’s very own Kelci DeFrancesco has done the work for you and has reviewed each of the different options.  So keep reading, follow along, and decide for yourself which option is best for you! Click to continue reading… »




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Detox Your Period: Part 1 – Natural MaxION Pads by Maxim Hygiene

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Let’s say you go for a nice long run. You come home feeling invigorated, refreshed, and happy to have done a nice thing for your body. You’re thirsty. You grab a glass, head to the fridge, and pour yourself a nice big serving of Galaxolide (your favorite drink, and a known endocrine-disrupting chemical.) Once you’ve had your fill – you jump in the shower to rinse off. As you step out and begin to dry off, you pull out your favorite bottle of chlorine-bleach lotion, and generously slather it all over your skin. Ah…there’s nothing like taking care of your body, right?

 

Hold up – what the what?!

 

If you think this sounds ridiculous, you’re right. No one would knowingly wipe bleach all over their skin, right? Right. So that’s why the following fact is so troubling: according to a recent report by the nonprofit Women’s Voices for the Earth, traditional feminine hygiene products may use ingredients that are known or suspected endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), carcinogens, or allergens. Yikes. Click to continue reading… »




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“Unexpected Surprise”

The day before I got my period I noticed a small brown stain in my pantyliner. I shrugged it off thinking it was probably just the light playing tricks on my eyes.

The next day I was talking to my friends about periods and I felt squirmish as my undies felt more wet than usual. After the end of the period I went to the bathroom thinking it was just extra discharge. Then I saw the brown streak and flipped. It was a rusty brown red color and it covered my entire crotch. I stared at it for like 5 minutes and my friend came in to check in on me. She found out laughed and handed me a pad.

My mom picked me up early that day and I stayed home for 5 days. Weirdly, my first period only lasted for like 2 days. So not too dramatic I guess. Great thing is that I don’t get cramps I just get moody and hungry around that time of the month.

So good luck to all those girls who just got it and are reading this for advice. I don’t enjoy my period but now my family treats me with a newfound respect so yea.

By Jay

 

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Unique Stocking Stuffer Ideas: For Her

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As the holidays quickly approach, it’s time for us to start shopping! But, for many, this season doesn’t just bring about credit card debt, it also brings up memories of years past. We think of our family. We think of our friends. We think of when we first learned the truth about Santa.

For some of us, this truth was devastating: it was up there with learning that Milli Vanilli were actually imposters rather than the super awesome singers who’s tape we totally don’t still listen to. From a practical standpoint, it was also annoying. Once our parents knew that we knew, they stopped trying. Rather than stockings full of money or candy or the latest electronics, we got stuff we needed. Gee, Santa, thanks so much for the maxi pads.
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5 Crazy Ways our Cycles Connect to the Moon

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The full moon has everyone looking to the sky in awe. For thousands of years, humans have been fascinated by that majestic lunar shape in the sky.

If you’re anything like us, you’ve spent your life hearing how women and their cycles are affected by the moon, and yet you may not truly know what the buzz is all about. We’ve got you covered! This week, we’re shedding some light on how our cycles may interact with our celestial neighbor. Read on, moon mamas…

 

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13 Freaky Facts About the Female Reproductive System

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Halloween is just around the corner – what better time to explore a few of the lesser-known facts about our freakishly cool female bodies? The following flow-facts range from “EEK!” to “what the FREAK?!” Check ’em out, and let us know if there are any we missed!  Click to continue reading… »




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Weekly Game, Monthly Pains: What Football and Periods Have in Common

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For some people, saying that periods and football have a lot in common might be a stretch; after all, the NFL doesn’t exactly stand for National Feminine Product League.

Still, there are definitely commonalities, making it a game that ladies can certainly relate to even if they don’t fancy themselves much of a sport’s fan.

So, what exactly happens when Aunt Flo meets a Tom Brady or a Russel Wilson? Well, football terms turn into a little bit of this….

Delay of Game: In football, a delay of game happens when the game clock runs down before the ball is snapped. In the world of periods, it happens when women take too long getting ready simply because PMS has caused us to break out horribly and we’re busy covering up all of our zits (i.e., we’re putting on our facemasks). Remember when we thought acne was just a teenage thing? That was hilarious. Click to continue reading… »




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9 Self-Care Tips for the Busy Back-to-School Season

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The temperatures are cooling down, the days are getting shorter, and school is back in session. Fall is upon us, and with it, comes a brand new routine. Often times, autumn is the beginning of busier schedules, cluttered calendars and ever-growing to-do lists. During this time of year, it’s all too easy to let self-care fall by the wayside.

In the midst of all of this activity, your period can become one more thing to be dealt with or checked off a to-do list. In fact, it’s common to try to work through or ignore your period altogether! As grown women and mothers of teenage daughters, it is so important that we take the time to establish healthy and manageable routines to effectively nourish our body and minds all the time – but especially during our menstrual cycles.

Self-care (just like periods!) can get a bad wrap for being inconvenient or impractical in the midst of school, work, and other obligations. The fact is, that couldn’t be further from the truth! We’ve rounded up our favorite techniques for taking care of our bodies during our periods. And since they’re all relatively quick and simple, each of these can easily fit into your back-to-school routine! Can you say, win-win?

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