5 BEST FOODS FOR PERIOD CRAMPS
If you have dysmenorrhoea, or period pain, you are not alone as around 80% of women experience period pain at some stage in their lifetime. Period pain can occur anytime from your early teens right up to menopause. Most women experience some discomfort during menstruation, especially on the first day, but 5% to 10% of women experience pain severe enough to disrupt their life. If your mother suffered period pains, you are more likely to suffer too. In 40% of women, period pain is accompanied by premenstrual symptoms, such as bloating, tender breasts, swollen stomach, lack of concentration, mood swings, clumsiness and tiredness.
While painkillers can be an effective treatment for period pain, having a balanced diet can also help to alleviate menstrual cramps. When iron levels dip during menstruation, particularly if you have heavy menstrual flow, it may lead to body pain, fatigue and dizziness. Be sure to incorporate foods with high water content, such as watermelon, tomato and cucumber to ensure you are well-hydrated. If you have cravings for sugar, choose fruits instead so you can avoid the sugar crash from eating a lot of refined sugar.
A warm cup of ginger tea can help you feel better due to its anti-inflammatory effects, which can soothe achy muscles. Ginger may also reduce nausea.
Include more of these 5 foods into your diet regularly to help reduce or skip the period pain for your next cycle!