Natural Care for Period Pain
Dietary tips to consider:
- Eat according to your blood type.
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables.
- · Eat complex carbohydrates – whole grains like brown rice, oats, spelt bread and avoid refined flour products.
- · Buy organic foods where possible.
- · Eat phytoestrogens, including beans such as lentils, flaxseeds, chickpeas and fermented soy.
- · Eat oily foods, including fish, nuts, seeds and oils.
- · Ensure optimal water intake: 1/3– ½ of your body weight in ounces daily.
- · Increase your intake of fiber i.e. fruit and vegetables and low GI (glycemic index) grains.
- · Avoid additives, preservatives and chemicals such as artificial sweeteners.
- · Add more bioflavonoids to your diet. These help reduce pain and inflammation. Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and even grapes contain bioflavonoids.
- · Reduce your intake of saturated fat, especially hydrogenated, fried and trans fats.
- · Reduce your intake of alcohol, or better yet, avoid it all together.
- · Avoid caffeine.
- · Avoid sugar on its own and hidden in foods.
Period Pain and Diet: Is Coffee the Enemy?
The consumption of caffeine-containing beverages - yes, that is coffee, tea, Oolong tea, green tea, energy drinks, chocolate.... has been strongly related to the prevalence of period pain associated with Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS).
The problem is, many women drink caffeine beverages, in particular coffee, in response to having the period pain in the first place, thereby exacerbating their symptoms.
The more coffee you drink the worse the symptoms.
Not that you want to read this, but removing coffee from your diet is highly recommended.
What's more, too much coffee can cause a deficiency of calcium, which is not good as calcium is a mineral necessary for period pain relief. More than 2 cups of strong coffee per day can pull calcium out of your bones!
Diet plays a critical role in the management of period pain!
Period Pain Relief
Naturopathic medicine can provide immense period pain relief. The aim is to address the pain and other symptoms, and bring back a state of balance naturally. If you do all of this, your general wellbeing will improve and you can lead a vital and active life.
- · Place a hot water bottle on your abdomen.
- · Avoid drinking cold water (straight from the fridge) for a week before and during your period.
- · Sip herb teas - chamomile, ginger, raspberry leaf and peppermint are good choices.
- · Massage your abdomen - rub around your abdomen in a clockwise direction.
- · Castor oil packs can provide great relief from cramping, pain and back ache.
- · Flaxseed packs can also provide immense period pain relief
- · Magnesium if taken every one to two hours helps relieve cramping.
- · A warm bath may help - add some chamomile flowers (or a few teabags) and essential oils such as rosemary, juniper, geranium and lavender into the bath water.
- · Use pads instead of tampons.
- · Consider massaging “Woman's Help Body Oil” clockwise over the painful area. This essential oil blend designed to help alleviate the pain associated with female hormonal imbalances.
You may find some of the above techniques more effective than others.
While the methods suggested above may help to relieve pain every month, naturopathic care offers gentle improvement every month so that eventually you should have no pain at all.
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