One of the most unfavorable aspects of being a woman is her monthly period which most of us at the time suffers a lot from its accompanied pain called dysmenorrhea. I cannot bear the pain when it hit me and all I want to do is just lie down at bed all day long and wish that the pain would go away. But sadly, my wish isn’t granted that easy. I remember a time during my college days when we had an educational trip at another city when I had my period, I didn’t enjoy the trip and missed the fun my friends had, and all I did was stayed at the car. It is a burden to carry and a hindrance to many activities that I could have done and enjoyed. I almost curse the every first day of my period. I became so frustrated to get rid of such pains. I don’t want to make another unforgettable blue day of my life.
Below are the possible things that a woman feels whenever she suffers from dysmenorrhea, I myself experience these every time I have my monthly period.
• cramping in the lower abdomen
• pain in the lower abdomen
• low back pain
• pain radiating down the legs
In order to cure dysmenorrhea, we have to be careful in choosing the food that we take and be wise on what to include in our diet. By choosing the food that we take, we get the assurance that we are taking in the essential nutrients needed by our body in order to maintain a healthy body.
Tofu, also known as soya curd, is a soft cheese-like food made by curdling soya milk with a coagulant. Tofu helps stimulate s the production of good estrogen which is low during menstruation resulting in reducing the inflammation as well as menstrual cramps. It contains high levels of isoflovones. It also inhibits bad estrogen, also known as xenoestrogens which causes breast cancer and tumors in women.
Foods such as beans, lentils, and peanuts are known as legumes. It contains high amounts of vitamin C and chlorophyll that help to relax our abdominal muscles caused by inflammation during menstruation and fighting against forming of free radicals in our body.
Bananas are a good source of fiber, potassium, magnesium and vitamin C that work together to block the release of prostaglandins and occurrence of spasms. Eat at least one banana a day, they are said to contain everything a human needs and they contain all the 8 amino-acids our body cannot produce itself.
Tuna and Salmon
Deep sea fish such as tuna and salmon containing high amounts of iron and omega 3 fatty acid help to stimulate the production of red blood cells that is essential to replace blood loss during menstruation. Without omega 3 fatty acids to balance the excessive of omega 6 acid it will result in hormone imbalance thus increasing the risk of menstrual cramps. Omega-3 fatty acids are a particular benefit of eating canned salmon. The bones in canned salmon are soft and edible making canned salmon an excellent source of dietary calcium.
Oral intake of magnesium helps to provide a great deal of relief.
Vitamin E has also helps reduce the pain and added to that there is lesser loss of blood.
Green tea helps to stimulate the digestive system resulting in a cooling sensation and alleviating sharp, stabbing pain during menstruation.
Reduce your intake of caffeine, chocolate and sugar around your period. You will need to change your diet a few days before you normally start your period to help counter pain and other symptoms early.
Put out that cigarette! Smoking increases the occurrence and severity of dysmenorrhea.