Periods are the worst, and you don’t have to have one to know. Killer cramps, unwarranted bleeding and crazy cravings are things we’ve all had to negotiate with in our adult lives, so I have 100 percent sympathy for people who have to deal with this every month or so.
Turns out, giving into those junk food cravings and reaching out for that slice of deliciously hot pizza your body demands is bad for you. In a humble attempt to appease the period gods and experience a relatively pain-free, stress-free period next month, here is a list of foods to help you (hopefully) power through periods.
1. Dark chocolate
This is your go-to snack when the junk food cravings set in. The intense desire to consume enormous amounts of sugar during menstruation is a common trait all women share. Make sure you reach out for a bar that is over 70 percent cocoa, the magnesium content helps a great deal in soothing and relaxing your muscles.
2. Adrak chai
Boil a two-inch piece of ginger (crushed), one teaspoon of saunf and three to four cardamom pods in about one cup of water. Add one tablespoon of tea leaves, leave to simmer for one to two minutes and then add milk and sugar (desired quantities). Sip on this magical potion slowly and steadily to ease away those cramps. It’s been said to be very effective.
3. Peanut butter
Who said getting rid of period camps means eating healthy? Grab that spoon and get working. Peanut butter contains high quantities of Vitamin E – a wonderful element that helps with inflammation and cramping.
Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties, meaning it can be used to help ease menstrual cramps. Try sprinkling it into tea, oats or some roasted vegetables. Actually just try it in a bowlful of piping hot daliya, sweetened to your heart’s desire (brown sugar, people. It’s where it’s at).
Considering the fact that we are basically made of water, and it is essential for your body to function in all ways possible, hydration is the obvious answer. Down as much you can on any given day, to feel like you own a new and improved uterus.
6. Green leafy vegetables
Spinach, bathua and arbi ke patte all contain high levels of anti-cramping magnesium, which in addition to Vitamins A, C and E, is proven to help alleviate PMS symptoms.
Juicy, sweet and marvellously sticky, pineapple chunks are the ultimate solution. Not only do they help in muscle relaxation, but they have the added charm of being the much-needed spirit-booster of the month.
8. Dahi or low-fat yogurt
Probiotic yogurt contains friendly bacteria which help resist bloating. Plus, studies suggest that calcium is a great cramp-pain reliever. Breakfast for the dreaded time of the month is now sorted.
9. Bell peppers
All peppers are rich in fiber and have a high-water content, which helps fight bloating, cramps and even gas. Containing high levels of potassium, bell peppers help to combat puffiness caused by sodium in the food we eat.
Go for lighter options like halibut, salmon and mackerel, that contain high levels of both magnesium and Omega-3 fatty acids. The next time you hit the supermarket, make sure to pick some up good salmon for some good grilling.
Basil contains caffeic acid which is a natural painkiller combating the pain associated with periods. Settle in to make this walnut-basil pesto that combines the power of both superfoods, and tastes absolutely smashing over some pasta or roasted vegetables.
I really hope that consistent consumption of these food items will take you to the golden age where period beginnings hurt a little less. Hopefully making them almost bearable. Emphasis on almost.