Menstruation is a natural process that occurs in the reproductive system of a woman every month. This process involves the shedding of the uterus lining, which leads to the release of blood and other fluids from the vagina. During this time, it is essential to take care of your nutritional needs to help alleviate menstrual cramps, reduce bloating, and boost overall well-being. Here is a list of food that helps during menstruation.
Sesame seeds contain calcium and have benefits for menstruation. They aid in regulating the menstrual cycle and easing menstrual pain.
Jaggery is an excellent sugar substitute and is high in iron. It can help increase the body’s hemoglobin levels and alleviate menstrual cramps.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce menstrual pain, improve digestion, and alleviate nausea.
Turmeric possesses anti-inflammatory properties that can ease menstrual cramps, boost the immune system, and improve digestion.
Cumin seeds aid in digestion, reduces bloating, and ease menstrual pain.
Fennel seeds are a good source of antioxidants and can improve digestion, reduce bloating, and alleviate menstrual pain.
Bananas are abundant in vitamin B6 and can help reduce menstrual pain, increase energy levels, and alleviate bloating.
Spinach is high in iron and can increase hemoglobin levels, reduce menstrual pain, and alleviate bloating.
Yogurt can help alleviate menstrual pain, improve digestion, and boost the immune system.
Papaya is rich in antioxidants, can ease menstrual pain, increase energy levels, and alleviate bloating.
Saffron has pain-relieving properties that can reduce menstrual cramps and excessive bleeding. Additionally, it can enhance mood.
Chamomile Tea:It has sedative effects and can help, improve sleep,reduce menstrual cramps, and reduce anxiety.
Pineapple: The bromelain in pineapples reduce inflammation and alleviates menstrual cramps.
In addition to these foods, it is also essential to stay hydrated during menstruation. Drinking plenty of water and fluids like coconut water, lemon water, and herbal teas can help reduce bloating, improve digestion, and alleviate menstrual cramps.
It is important to note that every woman’s body is different, and some foods may work better for one person than another. Therefore, it is essential to listen to your body and make dietary changes accordingly. Additionally, women with pre-existing medical conditions or those taking medications should consult their doctor before making any significant dietary changes.
Dr Anish Desai is MD, Clinical Pharmacologist and Nutraceutical Physician, Founder and CEO, IntelliMed Healthcare Solutions.