Dealing with Painful Periods

Dealing with Painful Periods

For some women, period pain and discomfort can be life-halting. That lovely monthly visitor that tags along with us everyday for up to a week at a time once every month can bring with it intense cramping, nausea, malaise, headaches or migraines, dizziness, and a number of other unwanted symptoms. But how big of a role does diet play and can your diet actually help regulate your periods?

An irregular period can be caused by things outside of your diet. Stress, change in routine, weight loss, being underweight and hormone imbalances can all impact the cycle of your period. If this is a persistent issue, I would recommend discussing this with a gynecologist who can better understand your cycle and hormone balance.

Choosing foods rich in phytoestrogens may help. These include legumes (particularly organic soybeans and tofu), flaxseed, other beans (lima, split peas), and alfalfa sprouts. The herbs black cohosh, chaste berry, ginseng and red clover have also been reported as effective in easing menopause and PMS symptoms, but seek the advice of an herbalist or naturopathic doctor before you add this to your diet. Add a few of the phytoestrogen-rich foods in with some leafy greens, banana, avocado, berries, grapes, nuts and seeds (sunflower and pumpkin) for a delicious Blast that will help ease that time of that month!

Finally, try these tips to help ease your pain:

  • While menstruating, refrain from drinking caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea, or cola.
  • Avoid stress. Relaxation and massage can work wonders.
  • Exercising and staying fit can help prevent painful periods.
  • Keep your abdomen warm.
Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics

Comment by Jadelaphaugus
November 11, 2015
I created my own blast.. Though I am really new to nutribullet. I literally don't have the intense fatigue, bloating, and incoming migraine feelings. Just a little discomfort down there, keep in mind, results vary. I also recommend taking a probiotic before you drink your blast, a half hour before, drink water throughout the day, and limit your blasts to include no more then 4 fruits while on your period- which can prevent added gas). Half a plum. (For iron absorption) Half a Banana (potasssium is as important as magnesium) 4-5 Red seedles Grapes (for benefits mentioned in article) A leaf of kale (major superfood ) Small handful of raw almonds (iron and magnesium) Tbsp flax seed (king of omega 3's for regulating hormones+magnesium) 2 tsp superfood super boost (or some type of goji, chia, cocoa blend) Hope that helps. I'm still learning how to boost myself, just got it thus past weekend. I am in no way a certified health expert, but making this blast is already helping me considerably.
Comment by julietwin
January 17, 2015
Hi Sarah could you tell me which blast could help with painful periods, in the life changing recipes book Jennifer J. talks about a blast that helped her but does not specify which blast. Thank you julie
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