Women of all ages can experience periods pain and it is normal for periods to be painful. There are certain lifestyle changes that can help you manage your period pain effectively.
Here are some lifestyle changes that you can make to keep menstruation pain at bay:
Add probiotic foods to your diet
Probiotics are good bacteria that help maintain the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. They prevent infections, promote a healthy immune system and help in digestion of food items such as carbohydrates and proteins. Probiotics can be consumed as yogurts or other dairy products, fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi, kefir and miso soup etc.
- Drink plenty of water
Drinking plenty of water helps flush out toxins from the body through urine while also keeping it hydrated throughout the day. Drinking plenty of water also keeps the body cool during hot weather which helps reduce cramping during periods. Drinking at least 2 litres of water every day will help keep your body hydrated throughout the day and also help flush out toxins from your system through urine that may be causing discomfort during periods.
- Adopt a healthy diet
A diet rich in fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains is good for your health, as well as helping to reduce symptoms such as bloating or headaches. You should aim for five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, but if this isn’t possible then at least three portions will do. Whole grain foods include brown rice and whole wheat breads and cereals. You should limit how much red meat you eat each week as it’s high in saturated fat which can increase cholesterol levels in the blood (cholesterol is needed for hormone production).
- Exercise regularly
Keeping active can help to keep your muscles toned and strong, which helps to reduce cramps and aching. It’s also important to stay hydrated while exercising, as dehydration can make you feel tired and lethargic, which may lead to tension headaches, backache and constipation.