Whether pre-menstrual or presently-menstrual, we’re all prone to trying to eat away our period pain. Little do most women know, this is scientifically doable (unfortunately not with chocolate).
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Almost twenty years ago a study on women aged 15-18 showed that consuming six grams of fish oil a day resulted in decreased menstrual pain. You don’t have to pop pills to get omega three, you could eat some actually fish or avocados, nuts and olive oil.
Leading up to your period your body starts retaining water so by the time it hits you feel big and bloated. A high fiber intake can ease bloating so instead of fatty food full of salt (salt = bad for the bloat), grab green vegetables like broccoli or some dried beans and peas.
Calcium and Vitamin D
Most of us already know that Vitamin D is important for your energy levels but it also can act as a muscle relaxant. As can calcium, which Vitamin D helps the body to absorb so these two are a mean team for combatting period pain.
The best way to get the D is sunlight so try and get out of bed for a bit yeah? If you really can’t face it then it can also be found in that oily fish you should be eating for your omega-3. Calcium can be found in milk, cheese and green vegetables like broccoli… One simple dinner is coming together here isn’t it?
Magnesium can help with water retention as well as mood swings so munch some pumpkin seeds or make some pumpkin milk (watch this space for a recipe).
Bananas are an amazing option because they are high in magnesium but also melatonin which helps regulate the body’s natural rhythms and so helps you get to sleep.