What you eat can have a dramatic effect on the frequency and severity of your menstrual cramps.
What we eat often has direct consequence on our health – including our period.
Just like with our health, some foods are good for our period, helping us feel better, while others can make symptoms stronger.
The key to find out what effect your diet is having on your period is to journal.
Keep a record of what you eat and how you feel during your menstrual period. You should rather quickly be able to spot trends, such as:
• Which foods cause worse period cramps.
• Which foods relieve period cramps
• Which foods help put you in a better mood
• Which food worsen other PMS symptoms
• And more
Remember, all people are different – foods that have a certain effect on you may not have the same effect on a friend. So don’t just go by what someone else says. It’s important that you do the journaling and research and come to your own conclusions.
Here are some foods to start with:
Foods That Have Been Known to Relieve Menstrual Cramps
Cramps are often relieved by calcium and magnesium, so it’s essential that you maintain enough of both of these minerals in your body.
To do that try eating the following foods:
Experiencing Excessive Flow?
If you are experiencing excess flow during your period, look for foods that are high in vitamin K.
This vitamin helps with blood clotting, if you are deficient that could be a reason for the excess flow.
One way to ensure you are not deficient in Vitamin K is to take a period vitamin.
What About Spicy Food?
One frequent question women ask is should they avoid spicy food during their period?
The answer is no you don’t have to avoid spicy food.
Spicy food increases blood circulation in the entire body. The spicy foods you eat increase systemic circulation; that is, the blood flow in your arteries and capillaries but not so much the menstrual flow. Menstrual flow is composed of the shedding of the layers of the endometrium and there’s only so much shedding that can occur each month.
What About Raw Food?
A raw food diet can actually be harmful to your period because your diet may be deficient in boron.
A lack of boron in your body can cause your menstrual periods to stop completely, which is not normal or healthy.
Here’s what you should aim for – eat with a good appetite, take a period vitamin and always do everything you can to stay healthy.