Best Foods to Ease Period Cramps & Other SymptomsJuly 7, 2022
Menstrual pain is a very common problem many women face in their monthly cycle. Sometimes, it can be severe enough to interfere with work and other daily activities.
Other symptoms like bloating, headaches, mood swings, diarrhea, and fatigue can also contribute to the struggle of getting out of bed along with period pain. Not to mention the backache.
Because of this, many women are left with two options: first is to endure it and second is to manage its symptoms.
If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be linked to your monthly cycle, here are 6 foods to help you ease the discomfort.
Basically, any food that fights inflammation will help tame period cramps. Salmon, for example, is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The natural anti-inflammatory properties in omega-3s helps alleviate pain that may be caused by inflammation and helps relax the uterus.
A smart way to satisfy your sugar craving during your period is to have oranges, lemons and limes ready in your “period kit.”
We are all familiar with the feeling of drooling over sugary treats during that time of the month. However, excess sugar can cause inflammation and may increase cramping and heavy flow.
Citrus fruits are also rich in fiber and vitamin C which are important nutrients that provide relief from bloating and mood swings.
Eggs are easy sources of vitamin D, B6 and E — nutrients shown and proven to work together in fighting painful premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms. Plus, eggs are loaded with choline, a nutrient which helps produce certain neurotransmitters to regulate mood swings.
Chamomile tea is a soothing beverage that is rich in antioxidants that helps calm abdominal discomfort, reduce the intensity of menstrual cramps and ease mood swings. In addition, consumption of chamomile tea has also been supported by research to help manage Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and balance hormones for a more regular cycle.
Now, let’s go tropical!
The enzyme bromelain found in pineapple, a tropical fruit, is known to reduce pain and aid in muscle relaxation, which means less cramping for you. It also softens your uterine lining to get your cycle going sooner which is why it is dubbed as a “period-inducing” food.
6. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is probably one of the most cited foods when it comes to relieving period cramps and it appears to be living up to the hype. In fact, studies support eating between 40-120 grams of dark chocolates daily during your period to reduce menstrual pain.
The magnesium, potassium and iron in dark chocolate can help relax your muscles and ease aches. Try dark chocolates with healthy nuts to reap the added benefits of healthy fats!
Do not let a period cramp steal a few days of joy in your month. Manage your symptoms effectively with your food choices and visit your doctor if needed.
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