Common menstrual problems include heavy or painful periods, cramping and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Try modifying your diet before and during menstruation to help ease your symptoms.
Here is a list of the best foods to eat to alleviate menstrual pain.
If you are craving comfort food during your menstruation, choose dark chocolate. Apart from being delectable, it is a good choice when dealing with menstrual cramps.
The magnesium in dark chocolate helps in relaxing the smooth muscles of the uterus and reducing the prostaglandins that cause period pain. Plus, iron in dark chocolate helps you to beat fatigue due to anemia during periods and improves your blood hemoglobin levels.
Dark chocolate is a stress reliever. It contains serotonin, which is an antidepressant that can elevate your mood and makes your brain release endorphins to make you feel happy and calm.
Eggs are not only packed with protein, but they are affordable and tasty. Also, it has vitamins D, B6, and E and these are good at fighting premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
A study involving more than 116,000 nurses indicated that diets that are rich in these vitamins help to reduce the severity of PMS symptoms. Scientists believe that these vitamins help control the chemicals in your brain that cause PMS, and may actually help regulate the effects of your fluctuating hormones.
Oats have long been praised as a healing food, mainly because it benefits and improves your health in many ways, such as adding oats to your diet helps to lower the cholesterol level and fight hypertension.
And oats also contain magnesium, manganese, and vitamin B6 to help to fight off your PMS.
Lower levels of manganese in a woman’s body have been linked to increasing pain and cramping as well as poorer moods as reported in a study by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
So adding oats to your meal helps to alleviate your discomfort and relieve moodiness during PMS.
Enjoy the overnight oats loaded with yogurt, fruits, and nuts or oatmeal raisin cookies for snacking.
Is oatmeal not your preferred food? Here is some food loaded with manganese – pineapple, spinach, sweet potatoes, brown rice, firm tofu, and mussels.
Stop monkeying around. Go get your banana before or during the menstrual time.
Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 and high in potassium. Vitamin B6 fights against cramps and muscle soreness, while potassium helps you from retaining water and feeling bloated.
Hate bananas? Switch to other foods that are high in potassium, such as grapefruit, oranges, avocados, and tomatoes.
What’s the best drink during periods? It’s water!
Cramps and discomfort during menses are probably because of dehydration. Stay hydrated by taking a sufficient amount of water. Besides that, water fights bloating – a common symptom during menstruation.
When estrogen and progesterone levels are low during the period, this will cause water retention in your body which makes you feel bloated.
Taking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day will help to flush out the bloating.
Dislike the taste of water? Be creative. Flavor your water with lemons. Or adding cucumber, melons, apple, and mint flavor to make tasty infused water.
Other than water, why not add a cup or two of tea?
Tea such as raspberry tea, ginger tea, chamomile tea, peppermint tea, cinnamon tea, green tea, thyme tea, and oolong tea are the best teas for menstrual cramps.
Be Kind To Your Body During Menstruation
Menstruation is a process of normal breakdown of the uterine lining. It gives you discomfort and pain. Negotiating menstrual pain is part of every woman’s life.
Do not ignore menstrual pain. Acknowledge the pain, deal with it to make the pain a little more manageable.
Be kind to your body. During menstruation, get rest whenever you are not active and stay comfortable.
Try the foods listed above to soothe the pain and make you feel better. Certain foods are great to eat, check what’s good for you and avoid what’s bad. However, what is more important is to have a balanced and healthy diet.
Last but not least, self-care is important. See a doctor if you feel too painful to the point that you have difficulty doing your daily routine.
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