Period cramps: Try these foods, home remedies that can ease your pain to large extent
First Published 3, Nov 2020, 1:41 PM
Moderate and recurring period pain can be dealt with the help of simple kitchen ingredients like raisins, kesar and ghee.
Period pain is tough to endure. For many women, it requires taking an extra leave or a forced break from daily commitments.
Health experts believe that moderate amount of period pain is normal and shouldn't be much of a concern. However, if the pain is excruciating and occurs every time you get periods, then it can be because of an underlying health condition like iron deficiency and must be checked by an expert.
You will be surprised to know that moderate and recurring period pain can be dealt with the help of simple kitchen ingredients like raisins, kesar and ghee.
Here are 5 foods and home remedies that can help in reducing pain during periods.
Start your day with soaked raisins and kesar: Take two small bowls. In one add black raisins (4-5), and in other add a few strands (1-2) of kesar or saffron. Have them first thing in the morning. This is one of the most useful food interventions for the likes of period cramps and bloating. It can also help in reducing constipation and meeting iron deficiency.
Roots and Tuber Vegetables: Vegetables like suran/jimikand, sweet potato, potato, arbi are rich in fibre, polyphenols and naturally existing hormone-like substances that help you have smoother periods and better skin and hair health. Cook them how they have been cooked in your family for generations.
Having a banana at about 4 or 6 pm in the evening: Have a fresh fruit or a banana by 4 or 6 pm in the evening, every day. It will help you have a smaller portion size for dinner. This in turn helps you sleep better and wake up fresher. Banana is rich in potassium, fibre and Vitamin B.
Have millets: They are extremely useful as they add more diversity to your diet. They help in improving gut flora, which can improve the health of your ovaries and reproductive system, and it can be helpful for women who get painful periods and even those who have endometriosis. Kuttu or buckwheat, rajgira, makai, etc are good grains for winter.
Aliv seeds and coriander seeds: Aliv seeds or garden cress seeds of halim seeds can ensure smooth and pain-free periods. These seeds are a good source of folic acid and iron. These seeds can be mixed with coconut and jaggery to make a ladoo. You can also add a pinch of aliv seeds to turmeric milk and have a cup of it at night. It can help you sleep well. Eat one aliv ladoo every day for smooth, pain-free periods.
Coriander seeds, with some dried coconut and jaggery can also help you have smooth periods. Also add a tsp of ghee to each of your meals. It helps you provide essential fatty acids and helps in assimilation of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.