Did you know that almost 15% of women experience menstrual cramps severe enough to interfere with their work and other daily activities?! 🤯
Next time you experience painful menstrual cramps, run through this list of natural pain-relieving foods before you reach for that painkiller! Chances are these foods are already in your fridge!
Easily available, inexpensive, and packed with fiber! They help ease bowel movements so you feel less bloated. When we look good, we feel good ladies! Bananas also contain magnesium which reduces the pain of period cramps! Win-win 🥳🥳
Lemons are rich in vitamins – particularly vitamin C. Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron from your food into your bloodstream and tissues which can be hugely beneficial as you may be losing more red blood cells than your body can keep up with during your period. Lemons also contain a lot of fiber, which makes them a good food for preventing muscle spasms.
Oranges are loaded with magnesium, potassium and vitamin D are rightfully known as a top food for period cramps.
Watermelon is light and sweet and will quickly hydrate your body while adding small amounts of natural sugars into your bloodstream, which might help with cramping.
The fiber and iron in broccoli helps with all menstrual pain, particularly in your lower abdomen.
Eggs contain vitamins B6, D, and E, which all work together to fight off those nasty PMS symptoms.
Adding ginger tea to your morning or evening routine during the first few days of your period can have a soothing impact and help prevent nausea and bloating.
Fatty fish like tuna and salmon are often a favorite of dietitians for their omega-3 content.
A lot of the pain that accompanies cramps is caused by inflammation. Turmeric can also potentially provide some relief.
10. Brown rice
Brown rice, which is rich in magnesium and thiamine, packs a double punch for period cramps.
Just like some food items help alleviate pain, others can make it worse. Here are some things you should avoid if experiencing severe cramps.
- Cut down on foods that can contribute to inflammation like sugar, soda and fried foods.
- Canned items which are packed with salt can cause bloating and cramping
- Some women experience sugar cravings at the onset of their period. Refrain from eating artificial sugar sources like candy and opt for natural sources like dark chocolate or fruit instead.
- Replace that cup of tea/coffee with ginger tea since caffeine can slump your energy levels and cause irritability. It also adds to pelvic pain during your period
- Milk and other dairy items – generally considered a healthy option on normal days – can trigger inflammation and worsen your cramps as they are in high saturated fats.
Don’t feel like reading? Watch this quick video rundown on what to eat and avoid during your period window!👇🏼