Your period, pain everywhere and no idea what to eat? We know it. In the context of ‘relieving the female world population,’ we collected what to eat during periods to reduce pain. Please read on!
What To Eat During Periods
Eating for menstrual pain: these things help!
Basil acts as a natural painkiller and reduces the contractions of the muscles in your abdomen and womb. But that is not all: basil also ensures that painkillers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen work better because of the caffeic acid contained in it.
Our Tip: Sprinkle some fresh basil over your spaghetti bolognese.
2. Broccoli (and other iron-rich foods)
Don’t burn ahead during your period? That could be! During our menstrual period, we lose an average of 50 to 200 ml of blood and therefore also 10 to 15 mg of iron (an essential component of red blood cells). And an iron deficiency can make you tired and lifeless.
Avoid annoying snacks in the workplace by eating enough iron-rich food. Broccoli is a healthy source of iron, but if you are not a fan of this green vegetable, there are plenty of alternatives. Think of spinach, legumes, nuts, pumpkin, tomatoes, fatty fish and poultry.
Ha, you read that right! Here we give you the ideal excuse to order sushi during your period. Seaweed species such as kombu, wakame, and nori are rich in iodine and therefore soften PMS. In short: the perfect food for menstrual pain!
4. Hot Tea
It may not be food, but we did not want to deny you this ‘panacea.’ Do you understand? Not only does tea have a pleasant warming effect on cold winter days, but some teas also reduce your PMS complaints. These herbal teas work best:
Ginger Tea: Ginger warms up the body because it is a natural blood thinner that makes your blood flow a little harder. As your blood becomes thinner the amount of menstrual blood may also decrease. Research has shown that three cups of ginger tea a day can reduce your menstrual pain by up to 25 percent.
Sage Tea: Sage cleans the uterus and controls your hormone balance. Exactly what you need on your lesser menstrual days. Note: Sage should not eat/drink during your pregnancy.
Do you always have to pee asparagus when necessary? Only good, especially if you have your period! Asparagus prevents accumulated fluid in your body and thus reduces the bloated feeling that you often have during your period.
Tip: Fresh asparagus works better than canned. Get some of the so-called ‘white gold’ in the house and make an excellent warm and wintery soup with it.
Save the best for last! Chocolate may not be right for you, but cocoa is allowed. Cocoa is rich in magnesium, a mineral that counteracts tiredness, bloating and sore breasts. So make an old-school cup of chocolate milk with cocoa powder or opt for the purest possible (literally and figuratively) chocolate bar.
With raw chocolate bars, you always play safe, and you can still satisfy that tasty appetite. And we don’t just say that to justify our chocolate consumption.