It’s the time of month when you have to deal with pain and cramps, bloating and a general irritation brought on by your period. If suffering from these symptoms is a regular part of your menstrual cycle, try these helpful tips and get some relief.
Reduce salt and caffeine
Avoid processed and fast foods, with their high-salt composition, and you’ll help hold water retention at bay and minimize bloating. Caffeine — found in your daily ration of coffee, tea or soda — can irritate the stomach by increasing gastrointestinal acidity, making your cramps worse and adding to the discomfort. You don’t have to give up your morning pick-me-up cup of coffee, but do limit your intake.
Get enough calcium
Foods rich in calcium — broccoli, yogurt, cabbage and milk — will naturally fight muscle spasms and help you avoid cramps. Women need at least 1,200 mg of calcium daily, and choosing to get yours though leafy green veggies like kale and spinach has the added advantage of an extra dose of vitamins that can help lighten your flow.
Menstrual pain and cramps can be reduced by drug treatment with ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxen. If you have a regular menstrual cycle, taking one of these pills one day before your period starts can often get rid of the normal discomfort.