Oh, God! It’s that time of the month again!
The killer cramps, non-stop bleeding, fear of staining the bed sheet & clothes – the list is endless! “Periods” – that’s surely not a disease, it is a sign that your system is fit and fine but going through the tribulations of those days is like hell for most of you. You cannot sit at a place or at a posture for long, you need a cushion for your back and a hot bag for the stomach. People surrounding you say that “why are you being so cranky?”
You crave for some specific kind of food too! But keeping your fitness in mind, you should eat the right kind of food items during this time of the month. Read below & know more about them:
Ginger is one of the common ingredients in most of our Indian dishes. It is a grandma recipe and that’s why it is bound to work wonders when you are going through those traumatic pain. Sipping fresh ginger water helps a lot in curbing the abdominal pain. During the first 3 days of menstruation, if you take 1 gram of ginger powder and mix it in hot water followed by a slice of lemon – it will ease your pain a lot. The effect of ginger is as strong as the drugs mefenamic acid and ibuprofen which are anti-inflammatory painkillers.
Research and studies reveal that women who consume omega-3S experience milder periods-pain as compared to the rest. Omega-3S contains anti-inflammatory fats which you will get in sufficient quantity in salmon, mackerel, trout, and sardines. So, if you start consuming salmon at least twice a week, you will be fitter during your menstruation days. Additionally, you can also have walnuts or flaxseeds too!
Green leafy vegetables are never on top of anyone’s craving list – right? Kale, broccoli, spinach and every other green leafy veggies are really rich in magnesium which has anti-cramping qualities. Thus, consumption of these food items either in your soups, smoothies, salads, or curry would help you ease the menstrual pain a lot. Apart from magnesium, these green veggies carry vitamin A, B6, C, E, calcium, and potassium too. All these ingredients are great at alleviating your PMS symptoms.
Yoghurt is full of calcium which has been found to help ease menstrual cramps. Not only that, one large study found a diet with calcium-rich dairy products lowered the risk for developing PMS by as much as 40% (yes please!) Probiotic yoghurt always contains “friendly” bacteria which supports a healthy digestive system and may help to ease persistent bloating.
One of the worst feelings during menstruation cramps is that bloated feeling. Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamin B6 and these ingredients make bananas a strong contender in alleviating your menstrual cramps and pains. Have it during breakfast or before lunch and it will relieve you much,
Some women crave for chocolates during this time of the month and having that is absolutely fine. But replacing that with dark chocolate would be a better idea. Dark chocolate is a great source of magnesium and that will really ease your cramps and pains.
Papaya has amazing health benefits. It is low in sugar, rich in fiber, full of antioxidants, helps in easy digestion, and low in calories. It also has a rich source of magnesium, Vitamin A, potassium, and Vitamin C – all these are ingredients that your body requires to treat the menstrual cramps. Have a bowl of papaya or make papaya shake or smoothie and see the difference.