Using Food to Ease Menstrual Cramps

Women all over the world know that menstrual cramps are a miserable experience. Mild cramps are a nagging pain, like a toothache or low grade headache, they are irritating and can be distracting but the pain isn’t so severe that you can’t get on with your day to day life. Severe cramps are a totally different experience. When a woman has severe menstrual cramps the pain is so bad that the woman is literally disabled, about the only thing they can do is lay curled into the fetal position with a hot pad pressed to their lower belly.

Eating the right kinds of foods can go a long way towards easing the pain of menstrual cramps.

Avoid Sweets
For some reason we always turn to chocolate when are hurting, there is just something about  the sweet treat that makes us feel better. When you’re dealing with menstrual cramps you should ignore the instinct. Chocolate and other sweets will actually make your feel worse, they’ll make you feel even more bloated. The caffeine in chocolate can make you nervous and more aware of your physical discomfort. You should also stay away from cheeseburgers and French fries.

Pass the Fish
You will want to eat foods that contain large amount of fatty acids. Fatty acids, which are also called omega 3, are natural anti-inflammatories. Fish and flaxseed are excellent sources of fatty acids.

While your menstruating you should avoid eating dairy and beef. Dairy and beef contain large amounts of arachadonic acids which increase the severity of menstrual cramps.

Eat Several Times Daily
If you routinely eat three or fewer meals a day, you will have to change your ways, at least during your menstrual cycle. You’ll feel better if you eat several small meals. Try eating large quantities of food that have flavonoids, foods like apples, spinach, and celery.

Skip the Alcohol
You should avoid alcohol during your menstrual cycle. When you are menstruating your body usually retains water. When you drink alcohol, your body retains even more water and your menstrual cramps will grow more severe. The retention of water also means that the alcohol will stay in your blood stream than normal, so if you can’t stop yourself from having a drink during your period you shouldn’t drive.

  • Shira Hickey

    I think that this website really helps because i was eating a whole lot of chocolate and was getting sicker and sicker. so thanks

  • Loraine Smart

    i was reading a magazine and it said to eat a little bit of chocolate to help prevent your period pains.
    i tried it and it seemed to help for a little while,
    but not for as long as i wanted it to…
    thanks for your help :)