During menstruation, there are some things you do or consume that can cause discomfort and that’s why you must try to prevent them.
Periods, also known as menses are a natural occurrence that involves the flow of blood from the womb or uterus of a woman through her private organ.
Having a period makes you experience bloating, constant cramps, and mood swings. All these things might lead to discomfort.
There are, however, certain things you should not consume or do to make those few days in the month a little more comfortable. Doing this helps ease the symptoms you experience when menstruating.
While all foods are good to consume in moderate amounts, you might want to lessen your intake of some foods that make the symptoms of your period degenerate.
Intake of salt caused water retention, which can lead to bloating. To reduce your bloating risk, don’t put too much salt in your foods and desist from consuming highly processed foods that are rich in sodium.
It’s good to eat sugar in moderate amounts, but consuming an excess of it can lead to a spike in energy followed by a crash. This can make your mood worsen. If you seem to feel moody, depressed, or anxious during your period, watching your sugar consumption can help maintain your mood.
Caffeine can lead to water retention and cause bloating. It can also make you feel a headache. But cutting down caffeine can lead to headaches, too, so don’t cut out coffee totally if you’re used to having a few cups per day.
Coffee intake can trigger digestive issues. If you tend to experience diarrhea during your period, lessening your coffee consumption could prevent this from occurring.
Alcohol intake can have several adverse impacts on your body, which can exacerbate the symptoms of your period.
For instance, alcohol can cause dehydration, which can make headaches degenerate and lead to bloating. It can also cause digestive problems, such as diarrhea and nausea.
5. Spicy foods
Many people find that spicy food upsets their stomachs, making them suffer diarrhea, stomach pain, and even nausea. If your stomach doesn’t tolerate spicy foods or if you’re not used to consuming them, it might be best to desist from them during your period.
6. Red meat
While on your period, your body makes prostaglandins. These compounds help your womb or uterus contract and get rid of the uterine lining, leading to menstrual flow. However, high levels of prostaglandins can trigger cramps.
Red meat may be rich in iron, but it also contains prostaglandins and should be avoided while menstruation.
7. Foods you don’t tolerate
This might seem obvious, but it’s worth talking about: If you have food sensitivities, lessen those foods, especially during your period.
If you are allergic to lactose, you might from time to time treat yourself to a milkshake, regardless. But during your period, it’s very vital not to consume foods that can lead to issues in your body.
This is because when you consume these foods they can trigger nausea, constipation, or diarrhea, which will only make your discomfort aggravate when you’re having a painful period.
Nwachineke Onyeke Chekwube reporting, Obinwannem news writer/ November 4, 2021