POV: It’s that time of the month again and you’re looking for more natural ways to help ease the pain that comes with your period. Well look no further! Since ancient times women have been using natural remedies to help alleviate pain, bloating, nausea, gas, and other symptoms that come along with riding the crimson tide each month. In this article, I will be listing my favorite foods and drinks to treat myself with while getting a visit from the Period Fairy.
Whether you believe it or not, you are what you eat. Your diet has a large impact on how you feel on a day-to-day basis, especially when getting a visit from Aunt Flo. To lessen cramps and other effects of your period, it is a good idea to incorporate the following foods and beverages into your diet:
Ginger helps with digestion in general and also acts as an anti-inflammatory. Add fresh ginger to some boiling water with lemon and honey to help aid your body in digestion, or to relieve your nausea.
This beautiful pink fish is packed full of great vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids can actually decrease your cramps and any inflammation you may have from your period. Salmon also has iron, which helps the body replenish its stock after Aunt Flo takes it away.
Here’s my favorite salmon recipe: https://www.thechunkychef.com/honey-garlic-glazed-salmon/
Peppermint is a cooling and refreshing ingredient to incorporate into your diet. This beautifully green herb can also aid in relieving nausea and bloating. Feel free to chew on a mint leaf or two, or pick up some peppermint tea from your local grocery store!
I’m sure you have heard that chocolate is great to have on your period, but to get the most benefits make sure you indulge with dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is full of potassium which aids in relieving those pesky period cramps.
Chamomile tea, like ginger and peppermint, has anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve cramps. I like to drink a warm cup of chamomile tea before going to bed to help me wind down and relieve any cramps I may have during my moon time.
Spinach and Kale
These leafy green superfoods are full of vitamins, including iron and magnesium, and aid in digestion. Kale is also full of calcium, which is known to help relieve cramps. The best way to get the most nutritional value out of your leafy greens is to eat them raw, so add them to a smoothie or a salad.
Peanut butter is a great source of protein to reach for when on your period. This nut butter has healthy fats and fiber to keep you full and help keep your poos regular. Grab a spoonful of peanut butter and lick away!
These foods and beverages have helped women fight off the side effects that come along with the lovely gift you get from Mother Nature each month. Try incorporating these foods and drinks into your diet when riding the crimson tide, and let me know if you notice a difference in the comments below! Please feel free to share your tips and tricks for period pain in the comments as well!