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5 foods to prevent painful periods

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Menstrual Pain or painful periods are painful sensations felt in the lower abdomen of women during their menstrual cycle.

Although menstrual pain is normal in some women, it could be an indication for a more serious medical condition in others.

According to reports, Painful periods are more common in teenagers and young adults.

Below are a few dietary modifications that would help make this moment less painful.

  1. Green Leafy Vegetables

Spinach and broccoli are all high in anti-cramping mineral magnesium. They also contain vitamins A, C, B6 and E, calcium and potassium- nutrients that have all been shown to help alleviate pain symptoms.

These vegetables can be gotten at local markets and stores. Local vegetables such as efo tete, soko, can also be sought after.

      2. Sardines

Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, trout and sardines are packed full of these wonderful anti-inflammatory fats.

According to reports, women who consume omega-3s have milder period pain.

It is advised that women eat oily fish at least twice a week.

 3. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is known to have lower sugar than milk and white chocolate.

Eating dark chocolate gives an equally similar sweet taste to soothe cravings as well as serving as a source of high magnesium.

    4. Yoghurt

Yoghurt contains “friendly” bacteria which supports a healthy digestive system and may help to ease persistent bloating.

According to studies, a diet with calcium-rich dairy products lowered the risk of developing PMS by as much as 40%.

A regular diet containing Yoghurt would prove helpful in reducing menstrual cramps.

   5. Ginger

It has been reported that Ginger helps to reduce pain as effectively as the drugs mefenamic acid (an anti-inflammatory painkiller) and ibuprofen.

To make ginger tea, peel a thumb-sized piece of root ginger, slice, and steep in hot water with a slice of lemon for 5 minutes.


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