Many women tend to suffer immense pain and discomfort during their monthly periods, sometimes, these pains can be annoying and very hard to cope with. Although, mild cramps are considered normal, some women battle with excruciating pains so intense that they faint or have to be admitted in the hospital, it’s that bad!
Here’s a list of healthy foods (and drinks) that can help with the cramps during that time of the month.
Water is the most refreshing and healthiest drink. In actual fact, period pains become worse every time the body gets dehydrated; this is because you lose some of the water in your body while you are losing blood. Drinking enough water helps the muscles relax, and also prevents bloating and gas.Some women tend to experience bloating during menstruation. This can be prevented by drinking plenty of water during menstruation. Therefore, make it a point to drink luke-warm or hot water as that would increase the blood circulation in the body (including the uterus) and soothe the cramped muscles in the uterus.
Bananas are the most popular fruits known to alleviate period cramps. They contain a lot of magnesium which help to relax the muscles. They are also rich in fibre which helps bowel movement, making you feel less bloated and experience overall less pain. However, there should be moderation with the intake of bananas because they are also rich in sugar, though natural sugars. Bananas can be eaten alone or made into smoothies.
Pineapples contain vitamins that actually relax the muscles, in order to combat the cramps. It is believed that pineapples are natural mood-boosters, so it can actually erase the moodiness that comes with having your period.
Walnuts are rich in magnesium and vitamin B6 and omega-3 fatty acids which are known to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.
Drinking a cup of warm tea, especially, ginger tea, green tea or chamomile tea helps to soothe the body. In addition to easing cramping pains, ginger tea will also help alleviate bloating and that sick feeling in your stomach. Chamomile tea will help with your mood as it has a soothing impact on the nervous system. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which further reduce the cramps.
APART from eating healthy, there are other natural ways to alleviate menstrual pains. These include:
Massage: Massaging the abdomen for about 5minutes a day may help relieve menstrual cramps. Massage encourages the flow of blood. Massaging cream containing essential oils like lavender provides additional benefits for the body as they contain compounds that have been reported to help relieve pain and soothe dysmenorrhea.
Taking a warm bath: A warm bath helps to soothe the pains, relax tense muscles and reduce pelvic pain and other symptoms.
Mild heat treatment: Heat helps the uterine muscle and other muscles around it to relax; this may ease cramping and discomfort. Applying a heated wrap or a bottle filled with warm water to your abdomen works wonders for relieving menstrual cramps.
Exercise: Though the idea of exercising immediately before or during your period many not be appealing, some women find that it helps to relieve their menstrual cramps. This is because exercise releases endorphins, brain chemicals that promote well-being. Endorphins act as analgesics, that is, they diminish the perception of pain. They also act as sedatives. Whether you enjoy walking, running, swimming, it’s safe to participate in all of these activities during your menstrual period.