The 12 Best Foods To Eat When You Are On Your Period (Reduce Pain)
Collective Evolution | January, 2018
There’s no other way to put it.
Between the cramping, the mood swings, and the bloating (not to mention the mess), women are forced to endure discomforts that would probably make most grown men cry — Every Single Month.
Of course, no one woman is the same.
Some can start menstruating as early as 11 years old and some might hit menopause as late as 60 years old. Some have longer cycles than the 28-day average, while others have much shorter. Despite these differences, we all share in the misery of our monthly companion to some degree or another. Certainly, most women can relate to the horrific emotional roller coaster that comes before, during, or after our periods. And an estimated 85 percent of women experience at least one symptom of PMS per month, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
- Breast Tenderness
- Weight Gain
- Swelling in face, ankles, feet, and hands
- Aching in the back
- Cold sores (sometimes recurring)
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal cramps
- Light and noise sensitivity
- Food cravings
- Diarrhea and constipation
- Lack of coordination
- Muscle spasms
What most woman don’t know is that experiencing terrible PMS doesn’t just signal that your hormones are temporarily out of whack; it can also reveal energy stagnation (or Qi stagnation) in the body.
I know what you’re thinking: “I’m a woman! Duh! It’s supposed to hurt.” Well actually, no, it’s not. If you are fighting bad cramps every month, your body is telling you that something is going on that NEEDS your attention.
So aside from addressing the emotional component of terrible cramps, there are also physical ways we can ease the pain when PMS does strike.
I put together a list of food below with examples of how to help alleviate the stress your body experiences during this time
Not everything on this list will work for you, but a process of trial and error with each can certainly help you to be more self aware of what you consume and how your body reacts to it.
Nature’s gift to wo(man)!
It comes as no surprise that water is essential to easing us through the most natural time in our life.
It may sound counterintuitive, but drinking more water will actually help to release water retention and alleviate bloating.
As health and fitness consultant Tari Rose explains, “Your body is retaining water because it’s afraid of not getting enough.
So, if you give it what it needs (more water) it will release the water it’s holding onto.” Also, our bodies are losing copious amounts of liquids (or so it feels), so replenishing ourselves with pure water is our best bet; not to mention, water promotes regular and smooth bowel movements, which helps reduce stagnation in the abdominal area – a common concern before and during menstruation.