Which week are you on
in your monthy cycle?
Find out what it reveals about
what your day has in store:
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: I’m the first to admit that I love it when my estrogen and testosterone rise—see Week 2 for all the fun things they bring. However, when these hormones first start to rise in Week 1 after falling so far in Week 4, you could end up feeling a few side effects as your body readjusts, including loose stool or diarrhea, frequent urination, headaches, acne, flare-ups of chronic health problems, dizziness and/or a racing heartbeat. Luckily, if you’re bothered by any of these symptoms, they usually start to subside by mid-week so you can enjoy all the fun benefits these rising hormones bring.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: This is a day that is full of potential and possibilities thanks to high estrogen and testosterone. They’re amping up your mood, energy, confidence, brain skills and flirtatiousness. Take advantage of these hormonal influences and you could nab a new project at work, book a dream vacation, score a fun date or, well, do just about anything!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: It’s a great day to do any kind of exercise, such as walking, biking or swimming. The combination of estrogen and progesterone amp up your body’s fat-burning machine, helping you melt up to 30% more fat than during the first half of your cycle. If you take advantage of this fat burn and overdo it, there’s a surprising way to avoid achy muscles: drink milk! It contains a perfect mix of proteins and carbs that help decrease muscle damage that causes soreness, reports the Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Research shows that women are more prone to ruminating than men. Unlike many guys who have the charming ability to turn their emotions on and off like a light switch, we tend to churn over issues, problems, insults and irritations in our minds till we drive ourselves crazy. I bring this up because, as estrogen nosedives this week, you’ll be more inclined to torture yourself with ruminations about issues big and small. Luckily, there’s a pretty simple way to get out of your own head and stop the revolving-door thought process: distract yourself. Studies shows that going to the movies, shopping, dancing or doing anything else that pretty much stops you from thinking slams the brakes on ruminating so you can let go of the issue and destress.
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