These 5 Yummy Foods Can Actually Help Relieve Menstrual Cramps
There are few things that I, just like every other girl in the world, completely dread- walking on the road alone at night, someone eating the food I’ve looked forward to, my favourite clothes getting ruined, and of course the worst of all- the onset of periods. I think I speak for every woman when I say everything about the concept of chums is annoying- PMS, mood swings, loss of appetite, the disgusting bloated feeling and the weakness that makes you want to just melt and disappear. The last time I got mine, it got me thinking about how we can’t do anything about what is truly is the worst feeling in the world- the stomach, back and leg cramps. While some of us prefer to just pop a pill (thank God for those little miracle workers) others prefer to glue a hot water bag to themselves. But did you know there are some foods that help make the pain bearable? Yep, and they are all super yummy too. Read on to know what I’m talking about!
At this time of the month, it is very common to have a heightened sweet tooth. Craving excessive sugar is normal and although most of us give in to this longing, it might not be the best of ideas since sugar is known to make cramps worse over time. That is why we recommend switching to dark chocolate, it has less sugar and less dairy. Yes, it is a little bitter but so is life, so we just have to suck it up. Cocoa, the main ingredient is known to reduce the pain and release endorphins that help scare your mood swings. No more crying to puppy videos now!
Though you never need an excuse to chomp on peanut butter, period cramps are a pretty good one. It contains Vitamin E and B, which curb your cramps and inflammation. Who doesn’t love a good peanut butter sandwich or smoothie? But I always felt the best way to eat peanut butter is one the couch with a spoon, the jar and continuous reruns of Friends. Don’t you agree?
Everyone has a very bittersweet relationship with bananas. But believe it or not, thanks to the abundance of potassium found in them they make for the best kind of cramp reliever. Also, the vitamin B6 found in them prevents you from feeling bloated and isn’t that all we want?
If there is any food that can be termed as an all-rounder, it has to be yogurt. Healthy and delicious, it goes with practically everything. Owing to the calcium found in yogurt, it helps relieve period cramps and also satisfies your sweet tooth. Make a smoothie, some buttermilk or just eat it straight from the carton with a spoon, you can be sure it will soothe your muscle spasms.
For these five days, replace your morning tea/coffee with chamomile tea for it is the ideal drink to have during your periods. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce cramps and that bloated feeling. Also, chamomile has a soothing effect on the nervous system which leaves you with a calm feeling, which certainly helps with the irritating mood swings. We truly believe chamomile tea is actually a magic portion.