Many women who have menstrual problems may be surprised to know that their diet can help ease their monthly pain. Menstrual cramps, backaches, headaches, irritability, mood swings and muscle aches are directly linked to what women eat before and during their periods.
Studies show that a vast array of foods can help ease the pain of monthly pains and help you get through your period without irritating everyone else around you. Try eating some of these foods the next time you are feeling fatigued and irritable:
Though it has often been believed that that carbohydrates trigger more PMS symptoms, studies show that this is not so. A research done at MIT revealed that the carbohydrates found in sugar and chocolate that many women crave during their periods can help alleviate their symptoms, not exacerbate them. Foods such as potatoes, pasta, bread and deserts was shown in the MIT study to alleviate depression, fatigue, confusion, anger and tension in PMS sufferers.
Foods High in Calcium
Foods high in calcium have been shown to help ease mood swings among menstruating women in research. Foods such as kale, salmon, milk, broccoli, yogurt, almonds, tofu and sesame seeds are excellent sources of calcium and may help to lessen mood swings. Not only that, but calcium has also been shown to cure physical pain during and before a woman’s period.
Foods High in Manganese
If you are troubled with a heavy menstrual flow you may just be in need of foods rich in manganese. Research reveals that women who have low levels of manganese have a 50 per cent higher menstrual flow than women who have normal manganese levels in their bodies. Foods that are high in manganese are pineapples, leafy green vegetables, nuts, avocados, wheat bran, dried fruits and tea.
Be careful though if you are drinking tea to boost your manganese levels. The caffeine in tea has been shown to actually make some PMS symptoms worse (not heavy menstrual flow). Therefore, if you notice that drinking tea makes you irritable or a symptom that you may have worse, don’t drink it.
By making smarter diet choices during your menstrual cycle you can help alleviate the pain of menstrual discomfort. Remember to load up on carbohydrates, high calcium foods and estrogenic foods such as soybeans, grapes, raisins, dates, apples and nuts to have a happier period.