Good morning! Are you ready for a new week? I certainly am, I am ready to tackle my to-do list and of course knock out some “Super Burpees”.
What you’ve never heard of a Super Burpee? Oh, my friend, you’re missing out. But worry no more because today’s show will introduce the two of you.
Not only that, but in the nutrition segment, find out what mineral may help cut your pms by as much as 40%. Seriously, who doesn’t love that? I wouldn’t be surprised if I walk in from teaching boot camp to find my fridge loaded up with foods mineral rich… PMS doesn’t just affect me (or you) after all.
So let’s get to it!
Lifting Revolution’s Fitness & Nutrition Show
Never done a burpee before? Here’s a traditional burpee break down.
Cut PMS With Iron
This study, just recently published in the American Journal of Epidemology was conducted by the Univ of Massechusets and revealed that women who a diet rich in non-heme iron (iron found in plants and supplements) had a 30-40% lower risk of PMS that those that had a lower intake.
The ladies with the lowest risk were consuming more than 20 mg of iron/day. It should also be noted that I found that right now the recommended daily amount for women is 18 mg… so if you’re considering changing your iron intake make sure to consult your doctor first!
They all stayed below 45 mg, which is the maximum to avoid getting too much iron in the body.
Why does it help?
While more research is still be conducted, it’s thought to help because iron is important for the production of serotonin, which helps regulate mood.
Iron Rich Plant Foods
Since the research found that foods high in non-heme iron helped the most, I am focusing on plant rich sources of iron. Heme simply means blood… so red meat for an example, would be a heme-iron source.
Dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, mustard greens, etc)
Dried fruit (prunes, raisins)
Beans, lentils, chick peas and soy
Do you eat several of these foods already on a regular basis?
Potassium And PMS
One last thing I found interesting was that the study found that women with a diet high in potassium are more likely to experience PMS than those in a healthy but low range. More research is still being done, but it does raise an eyebrow!
-Burpees? Awesome or the worst exercise ever?
-Do you suffer from bad PMS?
I love burpees (just ask my boot campers), and I do them often in my own workouts. There aren’t many moves that can not only make your muscles burn but raise your heart rate quickly as well. Plus there are so many fun ways to change them up! Box jump burpee… check. Pull-up burpees… check. Single-leg burpees… you betcha. And now the Super burpee.
In my early 20s I used to have terrible PMS. I used to just fall into the fetal position and lay until cramps passed. At some points they were so bad my roommates would call me mom (I was in college) asking if I should go to the hospital. They would pass, and life would go on. Now, I think my PMS is more emotional… one second it’s all flowers and sunshine, the next is clouds and rain.