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Eat Your Way to Reduced Period Pain and Hot Flashes

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Did you know you can use food to reduce period pain, hot flashes and other female disorders including problems in pregnancy? If you eat the right things, sometimes a drug approach is not needed.

Food to Reduce Period Pain

University of Maryland Medical Center recommends drinking six to eight glasses of filtered water a day. Eat lots of beans and leafy green vegetables like lettuce, spinach and kale.

Eat foods high in antioxidants.

Some vegetables high in antioxidants are red cabbage, Brussels sprouts, peppers and squash.

Fruits high in antioxidants are berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries etc.), tomatoes, grapes, oranges, plums, pineapple, grapefruit, kiwi and cherries.

Nuts also have high levels of antioxidants and good oils necessary for health, for instance, almonds, pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts.

Eat oily fish or take a fish oil supplement for omega-3 as this is an anti-inflammatory. If you are vegetarian, you can get omega-3 essential fatty acids from flaxseed and linseeds added to your breakfast or you can take a supplement via tablet.

Some studies have shown women who take omega-3 supplements have less period pain.

In countries where fermented soy is eaten as a staple part of the diet, women report less postmenopausal symptoms. Some women say it eases their period pains and it has been reported in medical literature to possibly reduce the risk of breast cancer.

However, other women say that fermented soy makes their period pain worse and the scientific evidence on this subject is limited and contradictory.

Avoid refined and processed foods such as white bread, pasta and rice. Get the wholemeal variety instead.

Don’t eat junk food. These are full of sugar, aspartame and unhealthy trans fats. Examples of foods to avoid are cookies, donuts, cakes, potato chips, French fries and margarine.

If you are prone to period pain, avoid caffeine and alcohol as this can make it worse. Don’t smoke as period pain can be more frequent in women who smoke.

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