Periods are an uncomfortable experience on their own, let alone when they’re accompanied by cramping and pain. Each woman experiences menstruation differently, but for those of us who are fortunate enough to deal with period cramps, it is useful to be aware of foods that aid in reducing the discomfort and pain from cramps.
An article from Bustle.com by Meghan Bassett proposes 12 different foods to experiment with in an attempt to combat menstruation pain. Some of these recommendations I had heard of, others I had not; therefore if you are prone to period cramps, perhaps these foods will provide you with some much-needed relief.
Water: I realize this likely seems like a rather obvious answer, but water can work wonders when it comes down to period pain. Keeping your body hydrated can reduce the possibility of bloating and cramping from occurring.
Dark Chocolate: If you ever needed a reason to eat chocolate, here it is. Dark chocolate has the ability to encourage muscle relaxation which could diminish the intensity of cramps.
Bananas: Similar to dark chocolate, bananas can help to calm strained muscles, hence why it is recommended to consume a banana after an intense workout.
Pineapple: Pineapple is a highly nutritious food source to begin with, but it is also packed with vitamins that soothe and relax muscles.
Salmon: With high levels of Omega 3s and Vitamin D, salmon acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and relieves pain caused by muscle cramping.
Tea: Soothing teas such as green tea or chamomile can help to calm the mind and relieve stress, which in turn can help to soothe an angry uterus.
Yogurt: Foods containing high levels of calcium are a girl’s best friend once every month. Calcium has the ability to lessen pain caused by cramps, so don’t hesitate when you’re wanting another bowl for breakfast.
Flaxseed: Similar to salmon, flaxseed is rich in Omega 3s and can calm inflammation within the body.
Kale: Although it isn’t exactly ice cream, kale has the highest plant-based calcium content and can reduce pain from cramping.
Walnuts: In case you haven’t realized it yet, Omega 3s are a great way to battle period cramps. Walnuts offer a great way to ensure the body is rich in Omega 3s.
Peanut Butter: With high levels of Vitamin E, a vitamin that combats inflammation and pain from cramping, peanut butter might be the way to most effectively deal with period pain.
Sunflower Seeds: Last but certainly not least, sunflower seeds also contain high levels of Vitamin E.
Menstruation isn’t exactly the most enjoyable experience, but each and every one of these foods contain ingredients to aid in diminishing the pain affiliated with period cramps. Grab a bowl of yogurt, have a spoonful of peanut butter, nibble on some dark chocolate and chug some water, girl! If you’re feeling adventurous, perhaps even sprinkle on some pineapple and banana.
(As if I needed a reason to eat more peanut butter.)
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