10 FOODS TO HELP WITH MENSTRUAL CRAMPS

When the painkillers and heating pads don’t work, you need another solution. You need to stop and think about what you are eating during your period. These ten foods combined with other healthy choices can help you.

  1. WATER

Hydrating can keep away cramps and can especially help with bloating. If you’re getting enough water, your body won’t retain liquids, keeping you comfortable.

  1. CALCIUM

Getting some calcium in your diet can be a huge help in terms of cramping. However, you don’t want to get your calcium from dairy products, because they can actually trigger cramps. Other sources of calcium include almonds, sesame seeds, and leafy green vegetables. There are also supplements available, but make sure to consult your doctor before taking anything he or she has not recommended.

  1. DARK CHOCOLATE

You get cravings for chocolate while you’re on your period, but you want to make sure to choose a more healthy option. Dark chocolate will satisfy your craving, help relax your muscles, and keep you happier without consuming the fat and dairy in other types of chocolate.

  1. CELERY

This crispy, light vegetable is full of water and has zero calories. It will help with bloating and is just good for you overall. If you don’t like the taste, spread it with peanut butter or dip it into hummus.

  1. HUMMUS

Hummus can be a great complement to many of the vegetables you should be eating to quell the cramps. It’s made of chickpeas, which are not only good for you, but can help you sleep better and put you in a better mood. Eat it with celery, carrots, or some healthy wheat crackers.

  1. PINEAPPLE

This fruit helps your muscles relax, which will in turn reduce your cramps. It will also help with bloating and can even boost your mood. You can eat it plain, drink it as a juice or in a smoothie, or grill it for a delicious treat.

  1. BANANAS

Eat a banana before or during your cycle to avoid cramps and reduce bloating.

  1. TEA

You should be avoiding caffeine during your period, since it can make you anxious and retain water, so kick that coffee addiction and replace it with tea. Different types of tea can help with different symptoms. For example, green tea can help with cramps, while peppermint tea can soothe an upset stomach.

 

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