Did you know that 85% of women suffer from menstrual cramps due to stress, lack of exercise, and a poor diet? We understand how disturbing menstrual cramps are, and that is why we made a list of some of the unmissable foods to have when you are menstruating.
Tip: It is crucial, during the menstrual period and before it, to eat a diet rich in vitamins such as B6, nutrients such as Omega 6, and minerals such as iron, among others.
Nuts: Being a source of iron, this nutrient helps regenerate blood cells and improve blood circulation to prevent menstrual pain. Besides, walnuts, almonds, and peanuts contain vitamin B6, helping boost serotonin.
Salmon: This and other cold-water fishes are rich in fatty acids known as omega-3s, helping to alleviate cramps, and breast tenderness and reduce inflammation. Don't forget that salmon is also rich in vitamins D and B6.
Ginger: The Vitamin E contained in ginger activates blood circulation making oxygen reach the cells. It is also rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, nutrients that can help you reduce dysmenorrhea and severe colic preventing swelling and irritations because it reduces inflammation.
Pineapples and kiwi: Tropical fruits like these can help you boost your mood and even your heart rate if you don't get enough rest during your period. Why? Because of the great amount of serotonin and melatonin contained. Pineapples and kiwi also have vitamin C that can help you soothe the respiratory tract, an antioxidant that keeps your skin healthy.
Tea: Here in Adira, we recommend chamomile because is a relaxant and anti-inflammatory, so drinking an infusion of chamomile will reduce the intensity of the pain. Ginger, as mentioned before, reduces pain, inflammation, and fatigue.
Cinnamon: reduces spasms and pain by simply adding a branch to a cup of boiling water and letting it steep for five minutes.
Dark chocolate (our favorite!): being rich in magnesium, dark chocolate helps relax muscles by reducing inflammation and muscle contractions.
Let us know in the comments what other foods have helped you to release period cramps, and remember to download our Adira App.