SMART WAY TO TREAT MENSTRUAL PAIN
11 Jan 2019
Stomach cramps and pain is a natural thing when 'monthly guests' arrive. However, there are some women who experience severe pain that makes them unable to move. This condition is usually accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, back pain, and diarrhea. Experts call this condition dysmenorrhoea.
Here is a list of foods that you can consume to reduce pain or cramps when you are menstruating:
1. Foods that contain calcium
Calcium can help reduce muscle cramps during menstruation. Recommended for women
ages 19-50 to consume around 1000 mg of calcium every day. Here is a list of foods rich in calcium:
• Milk based foods
• Green leafy vegetables
• Sesame seeds
Calcium can also be obtained from supplements. However, talk first with your doctor before taking supplements to make sure the supplement is safe for you.
2. Cinnamon (cinnamon)
Cinnamon has long been used to reduce flu and allergies. However, it turns out, cinnamon can also help reduce menstrual cramps. In addition, cinnamon is rich in fiber, calcium, and iron. In addition, cinnamon also contains manganese, a mineral that can help reduce menstrual problems.
Ginger can help alleviate health problems such as fever, flu, headaches, and menstrual pain. Drinking a piece of ginger mixed in warm water can help relieve menstrual cramps.
4. Red rice
Brown rice contains vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 can help you reduce bloating during menstruation.
5. Walnuts, almonds and pumpkin seeds
The three foods mentioned above are rich in manganese, which as previously mentioned, manganese is a mineral that can help reduce pain or cramps during menstruation.
6. Chicken, fish, and green leafy vegetables
These chicken, fish and green leafy vegetables contain iron. Iron is one component that is lost during menstruation. Therefore, it is good for you to re-fill your body with iron through the food you eat.
Avoid foods that can make cramps worse
During menstruation, try to avoid foods that will actually worsen menstrual pain or cramps that you experience. The following foods you need to avoid:
• Fatty foods
• Carbonated drinks
Using hot compresses
Compressing your stomach or waist with a hot compress can reduce pain when you menstruate. If you don't have a heater, you can wet the towel with hot water and put it on your stomach or waist. Or, you can also make the heater yourself. Here's how:
• Make a bag of cloth.
• Fill the bag with rice, then sew the open side so that it is now a closed bag like a pillow.
• Heat this rice bag in the microwave for a few minutes. Don't get too hot.
• Then let the rice bag cool slightly, then compress it to your stomach or waist. You can also wrap this bag of rice with a towel so you can immediately apply it without having to wait cold. This tool can be reused later.
When you exercise, your body secretes endorphins, which are substances that function as painkillers and natular enhancers of mood. Activities such as walking can help you reduce pain during menstruation. Yoga is also a good exercise choice to stimulate your body to release endorphins. Aside from being a painkiller and mood enhancer, exercising can also help you improve blood circulation to your reproductive organs, relieve stress, and relax.
You can also take painkillers to reduce your pain. However, don't forget to pay close attention to the rules of use. Also, do not take the drug over the prescribed dose even though you still feel the pain.
Now, what needs to be known, excessive pain during menstruation can be an indication of the existence of certain diseases. For example, fibroids and endometriosis. Actually you can take anti-inflammatory drugs to prevent prostaglandin production as a cause of pain. However, to be safer you should check with your doctor.