Most, if not every single woman, has experienced some type of menstruation pain. As women, we tend to believe that cramps, breast pain, lower abdominal pain and back pain are a “normal” part of our cycle. We’re here to tell you that it’s not and it doesn’t have to be. Yes, it is possible to have a pain-free cycle you don’t always have to be drained of your energy and uncomfortable.
It seems that eating healthy and drinking lots of fluids is pretty much the solution to all of life’s problems. A healthy lifestyle and lots of water can actually help you ease the painful menstrual pain. Avoiding food such as dairy, sugar-heavy foods, red meat, and caffeine can really help you ease away those menstrual cramps.
Here are 6 foods to help you have a less painful period:
Great for breast tenderness!
Salmon is high in Omega-3 and helps fight inflammation which could be causing pain. The fatty acids in Salmon are great for women health during mensuration. Salmon is rich in vitamin B6 which can help reduce breast tenderness, which some women experience in the period’s pre, post and during their mensuration. Salmon also contains vitamin B12 which gives an energy boost, to make up for the energy drainage some women feel during that time of the month.
Great for a mood boost!
We all know chocolate miraculously fixes everything, just make sure it’s over 70 percent cocoa. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and has been scientifically proven to have qualities that help boost endorphin, the chemical in charge of reducing the body’s perception of pain as well as giving the body the “natural high” feeling.
Great for fighting acne!
Spinach should be your best friend during that time of the month. Spinach, as well as other dark green leaves, is a great source of vitamin A which helps fights against dry skin and acne. Fill up on spinach to help your body fight against the hormonal acne that most women experience during that time of the month.
Great for an energy boost!
Avocados are a nutritional powerhouse! They are so rich in vitamins and minerals that your body needs and thrives on. Avocados are a great source of healthy fats, their high omega-3 content makes them great at fighting inflammation which can result in some pain relief from cramps. You can enjoy avocados on toast, in your smoothies or even on their own.
Great for avoiding cramps!
Bananas are great for reducing both cramps and bloating and help with the stress, this is due to being filled with both vitamin B6 and potassium. Lack of potassium in the body can cause muscle cramping, this is why many athletes enjoy bananas on a daily basis. Bananas are especially great for PMS as they can help avoid cramps.
Great for water retention!
Pumpkin Seeds are rich in zinc which can help make cramps less painful. They are also rich in magnesium, which has been linked to better mood as well as it’s ability to fight water retention, which is a very common symptom of PMS.
Try the recipe below for the perfect Anti-PMS Lunch Bowl
1 piece grilled salmon
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 avocado chopped
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp chopped coriander
handful of baby spinach
juice of 1 lime
Add all ingredients into the bowl, drizzle the sesame oil and juice of lime on top and enjoy!