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.