If there’s one thing that’s just about as certain as death and taxes, it would have to be our monthly menstrual cycles. If we’re not having our period, we’re either getting ready for it (PMS) or we’re trying to find some time to recover from it. And, based on how intense our cycles may be, sometimes all we can think about is a heating pad, a cup of tea and a couple of Advil tablets.
But did you know that there is another way to deal with the monthly menstrual discomfort? Did you know that your diet can actually make your periods less painful? Indeed, a pain pill may seem like the quick cure, but here is a list of foods that can actually provide you with a lasting menstrual cycle relief solution.
Drink lots of water
OK, water is not a food, but when it comes to what should be incorporated into your “period diet”, it can’t be overlooked. There are many women who feel bloated during that time of the month and that’s because their body is retaining water. The body does this just in case it doesn’t get enough of the liquid that it needs (because you are losing quite a bit of fluid over the course of that week). Drinking more water will not just curb some of the bloating, but if it’s warm water, it can also ease some of the cramping. While we’re on the subject of warm liquids, raspberry or mint tea is hailed for bringing cramping relief too.
Get in your magnesium
Speaking of cramps, something that is known to be a natural muscle relaxant is magnesium; and so it’s understandable why it would be recommended to a woman during her period; not just to lessen the effects of cramping, but also the challenges associated with PMS like soreness and headaches. Foods that are high in magnesium include whole grains, beans, bananas, almonds and cashews and greens like kale and spinach.
Get your B and E vitamins too
Again, healthy eating is a must. There are several kinds of vitamin B and so, to get all of the benefits that come with them (relaxed blood vessels and dysmenorrhea relief), taking a B complex all month long is probably the best route to go. Foods that have a lot of vitamin B in them are liver, fish, lamb and eggs. Foods that are loaded with lots of vitamin E are peanuts, apricots, sunflower seeds, mangoes and broccoli.
Try some herbs and spices
There are some things that we sprinkle on our food for taste that boast a lot of medicinal qualities. There is a natural pain-killing component that researchers have discovered in basil, cinnamon is loaded with anti-inflammatory properties, parsley aids in regulating unstable periods and ginger has earned a reputation for helping to lower one’s prostaglandins; that is a hormone-like substance that triggers painful symptoms such as contractions of the uterus.
Reward yourself with some chocolate
Your body goes through a lot of changes during your period. This means that you do as well. The real challenge is that while you may not be at your best, the demands of life do not stop. You may be tempted to click here or there, to allow your physical pain to cause you to act out emotionally, but chances are, you have found ways to stay on top of things in every way you can. That deserves a just reward. Did you know that reward could be a dark chocolate candy bar? In choosing one that has a very high percentage (sixty-five or more) of cacao in it, it will not only help to keep your cravings in check, but can also boost your serotonin levels too. Serotonin is a hormone within the body that helps to regulate the moods we have and the amount of sleep that we get. So does this all mean that dark chocolate can make you happier? Well, maybe not when it comes to having your period, but definitely when it comes to finding a way to get through it!