How To Get Period Cramp Relief With Food
Have you ever had period cramps ruin a special or memorable event?
You’re all excited about said event.
Can’t wait for said event to start and then boom.
Events here and so is your period with all of its lovely cramps to go with it.
So instead of enjoying said event to the fullest your stuck dealing with pain, pads, and pain meds.
This is like every trip I went on before 2012. I distinctly remember being on Ellis island hunched over in pain instead of taking in the history of the moment.
Ok but enough about that. Let’s get these cramps, eh.
My period cramps are so much better.
I really can’t believe how much better they are.
I almost forget I’m on my period and to get to that point you really need to take a multi-pronged approach.
So that is what we will cover in today’s post.
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Where To Start In Finding Period Cramp Relief
My strong suggestions are to:
1. change what you eat
2. take some natural herb remedies
3. use essential oils
4. use supplements
That’s why I am going to talk about all of these different ways at some point on this blog and I’ll come back and link to those posts here.
I believe the food is most important, then the herbs, the supplements, then the essential oils.
They all work together synergistically to make your period as healthy as it can be.
But really they are all important so don’t miss any of them if you’re a sufferer of cramps.
It’s really not necessary. You can beat them and win.
I want to jump right to this list so you can get relief right away.
What I love about this list is that all the foods taste good.
I mean yeah I could have put celery or sardines on there but I wouldn’t necessarily describe them as yummy.
But number 5 sure is… plus I’m a firm believer that if something tastes good, you’ll want to keep eating it (hmmm, too obvious?)
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What foods did I put on the list to help with menstrual cramps?
Besides the foods needing to taste good, I also looked for foods with nutrients like magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, and omega 3s.
For instance, when I used to take calcium, magnesium, zinc tablets my period cramps were so much better.
This was some years ago.
Now I know that getting your nutrients from food is healthier.
The nutrients in foods are the naturally occurring ones God made and the ones in supplements still may be God made but are isolated from the other nutrients that might make them more effective when are found together in food.
Also, I am not a doctor and I can’t diagnose any diseases, conditions, or anything else. I just want to help women find relief from these horrible cramps so let’s get into it!
5 Delicious Foods For Period Cramp Relief
Don’t you love it when healthy foods are also delish? Yeah me too, Avocados have so much going for them it’s hard to pinpoint which nutrient make avocados so great at eliminating period cramps.
Potassium is part of what makes avocados bomb for destroying cramps.
They have a whopping 708 mg of potassium per cup. They also have 58 mg of magnesium which is vital for calming cramps of all kinds.
Try avocado toast.
Or even better try avocado sweet potato toast because sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients too.
2. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter would definitely qualify as yummy and you can eat 2 tablespoons of it with guilt.
2 tablespoons of peanut butter have 42 mg of magnesium. For women between the ages of 19-50 need up to 320 mg of magnesium per day.
So far with the avocado and the peanut butter, we are at 100 mg of magnesium so we are almost a third of the way there, already!
Just be sure to look at the labels on the jars.
For instance, even some of these organic peanut butter might have this extra word added to it… “spread”.
If you see spread on it, check the ingredients. It usually has added sugar and added oils which is totally unnecessary.
Why dey do dat?
Added sugars will not help your menstrual or PMS cramps. All the label really needs to say is peanuts and maybe salt. That’s it.
And here’s a peanut butter and banana smoothie recipe that you can try, in case you need a healthy way to incorporate peanut butter into your diet.
Ooh, so juicy and sweet, in season pineapple is one of many people’s favorite fruits, including me.
What makes pineapple so good to eat during your period is the manganese and the bromelain which both help with period cramps.
Now you can get the benefits of the bromelain from just eating the fruit so here is a recipe for grilled pineapple.
However, I believe you get more of the benefits from the juice so for those DIYers here is a way to get fresh pineapple juice.
You can of course just buy it as well. Just make sure it’s 100% pineapple juice.
Eggs are pretty incredible. Not only are they delicious but they have so much nutrition it’s not even funny.
They have 63 mg of potassium, 22% of your daily selenium, and 15% of your daily vitamin B2.
And guess what? All of these nutrients can help relieve your menstrual cramps. So if your feeling crampy, load up on some eggs.
Here is an omelet recipe and ideas you can try.
Getting rid of your cramps has never been so delicious!
5. Dark Chocolate
And finally the piece de resistance…
I used to think dark chocolate was meh but as my palette got older and more refined, I began to appreciate its rich and bittersweet taste.
Now milk chocolate is almost cloyingly sweet and besides that, it has very few of any nutritional benefits to it.
True dark chocolate (and what I mean is a high percentage of cocoa beans.
60% is good but not as good as 70% or above… it should say the percentage on the package), on the other hand, does have health benefits including some for menstrual cramps.
Get this… dark chocolate has 228 mg of magnesium, 715 mg potassium and 73 mg of calcium (per 100 grams).
Need I say more?
That’s pretty incredible!
You can just eat a small serving of dark chocolate (add a few almonds and you have even more period cramp fighting power).
Here is a recipe you make that has dark chocolate.
It’s indulgent, I know, but you would only drink a little bit of it… not the whole bowl like he’s showing. And if you wanted you can use a milk alternative if you’re so inclined.
Which Foods Are You Going To Try To Relieve You Menstrual Cramps?
I bet if you started incorporating these foods into your diet especially during your period, over time your period cramps would become as insignificant as mine have become.
No more trips or special events ruined. No more taking 10 to 12 (or more!) ibuprofen a day (yeah I really used to take that many! Scary right?).
If you’re taking that many, please give these foods a try as well as the supplements I’m going to talk about in my next post.
Your liver will thank you!
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These foods are a great start but may not be enough to really make a lasting differing your cycle.
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Alright, that’s all from me folks…I’ll see you in the next post.
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