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by Caroline Robertson ND AMS, Clinical Naturopath & Ayurveda Practitioner
Menstruation process explained…
Period pain and anxiety are a monthly menace for many women. To help out, diet can do a lot to ease and even eliminate menstrual miseries. Rather than letting ‘the curse’ cramp your lifestyle you can sidestep suffering with a supportive diet, supplements, and lifestyle.
Irregular periods, pain, poor sleep, flooding, sore breasts and mood swings are some of the hormone hassles women endure. This is confirmed in the Journal of Pain Research that reveals 84% of younger women experience debilitating period pain every month .
Pain drugs like ibuprofen and paracetamol don’t address the underlying cause of these complaints. Therefore, for lasting relief it is important to address all areas involved.
Not surprisingly, the whole body is involved in the period process – the endocrine glands stimulate hormone secretion, the adrenal glands assist in hormone manufacture, the liver helps to break them down and the musculo-skeletal system with the gastrointestinal system assist in their elimination.
Recognising the interplay of all these factors acknowledges that menstrual health is reliant on quality of life. Menstrual treatment requires assessing all aspects including nutrition, habits, stress, and supplements.
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Use Food and Herbs as Medicine for Period Pain and Anxiety
Well-being blossoms when we eat well, digest well and excrete well. To help this process, new natural supplements such as the herb khaya have reported amazing results in recent clinical case studies, but first try these five food based suggestions:
one > try to reduce cramping pain
Have colon cleansing high fibre cuisine to pull the excess estrogen from your body. This will help to empty your bowels daily. On the contrary we find that blocked or slow-moving bowels increase IBS, bloating and cramping during periods. Therefore it is wise to reduce low fibre carbs such as white bread, pastry and pasta.
Increase high fibre legumes, wholegrains, prunes, apples, pears, kiwifruit, figs, greens, rhubarb, sweet potatoes and soaked chia seeds. We should also hydrate with at least one litre pure, warm or room temperature water daily. Increase your water intake if sweating.
If you’re bowels are still sluggish try 1 Tbs flaxseed or EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) after dinner for a smooth daily evacuation.
two > help with anxiety may be here
Dairy and meat are high fat/low fibre which can cause constipation and increase estrogen. On the other hand, a study published in Obstetrics & Gynaecology showed a low-fat, vegan diet significantly reduced pain and PMS for many women.
You don’t have to go vegan, but fasting from red meat and dairy during your period can help. It can also help to supplement with essential fatty acids from fresh oily fish such as salmon, linseed oil, fish oil supplements, EVOO or evening primrose oil to reduce period pain and anxiety symptoms.
three > monitor stress and fatigue
Irregular meals can cause fluctuating blood sugar levels which increase irritability, stress and fatigue related to PMS.
Enjoy regular meals eaten at the same time daily with low GI fibre.
four > reduce reduce reduce reduce
Reduce these foods for regular periods and most importantly reducing them helps to reduce period pain and anxiety associated with menstruation:
- salt increases bloating,
- alcohol weakens the liver’s hormone clearing capacity,
- sugar feeds mood swings, weight gain and low level inflammation,
- fizzy drinks also tend to increase bloating, and
- most fast food contains trans fats that elevate estrogen.
five > minerals = reduced period pain cramping
Increase muscle relaxing minerals calcium and magnesium to curb cramps. As a result, calcium has also been shown to reduce anxiety and depression associated with PMS.
Dark chocolate, avocado, nuts, leafy greens and bananas are rich magnesium sources. We also find that dark sugar-free chocolate with more than 70% cacao increases the happy hormone serotonin due to its phenylalanine content.
For calcium choose chia seeds, tahini, sardines, salmon, figs, almond milk and greens.
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Click the video to learn more about natural relief alternatives for period pain.
1) Grandi G, et al. Prevalence of menstrual pain in young women: what is dysmenorrhea? Journal of Pain Research, 2012;5:169-74. Epub 2012 Jun 20.
2) Khaya can be found in the supplement Khapregesic® for Period Pain.
3) Barnard ND et al. Diet and sex-hormone binding globulin, dysmenorrhea, and premenstrual symptoms. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2000 Feb;95(2):245-50.
4) Its the phosphoric acid in fizzy drinks that can increase magnesium and calcium excretion
5) Anecdotal evidence from clinical case studies and customer reviews
If you or someone you know are experiencing severe pain in the abdominal region or severe anxiety or panic attacks for any reason, please see your GP or a healthcare professional without delay. If you are pregnant or likely to become pregnant consult your healthcare professional before using any supplement containing khaya senegalensis.