HEALTH'S MATE

How Your Diet Can Affect Your Periods

Women are often ignorant that what they eat can also affect their menstrual health. Needless to say, even your physical and emotional health can be affected if you are not eating well.

Try to maintain a diet that includes lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, wholegrain products, non-fat dairy products, lean fish, poultry and, of course, plenty of water. Besides a healthy diet, regular exercise will also improve your wellbeing by releasing tension and anxiety.

Remember that it may take a few months to see the effects of an improved diet on your health. Of course, this is not some rigid plan you need to follow forever. It is normal to reward yourself with your favourite treat, like cakes or chocolates, every now and then. Just remember that these should be done only occasionally.

Recommended Foods
The following foods are recommended to improve your wellbeing, especially for those who suffer from menstrual problems. This includes PMS, irregular cycles and more.

To start with, stay away from as much processed foods as possible. Try to increase your diet of wholesome or minimally processed foods. Examples of these are wholemeal or multigrain bread instead of white bread. Or brown rice instead of white rice. Of course, this also means to choose as much fresh food as possible.

This train of thought naturally leads to organic foods. Organic food is much tastier and contains more essential vitamins and minerals than processed foods. But most important of all, it does not use any pesticides, chemical fertilizers, growth hormones and antibiotics that can affect your health negatively.

Vegetables are also rich in vitamins and minerals. Those particularly helpful for women with menstrual problems are root vegetables and the green leafy varieties. Always include vegetables in your diet! Also recommended for women with menstrual problems are essential fatty acids (EFA). They are especially helpful in easing cramps. You may include it in your diet through flaxseed, evening primrose, raw goat's milk and the oil in fatty fish.

Made from soy beans, tofu is not only a good source of protein. It is a source of plant oestrogens that help relieve PMS symptoms. However, if you have severe health problems or very bad digestion, avoid eating it in the meantime. Soy sauce, also made from soy beans, contains much less sodium than regular salt. It is a good and healthier substitute to use both as an ingredient and as a seasoning.

Thanks to the growing popularity of Japanese cuisine across the world, seaweed is a common and cheap snack. It is loaded with vitamins, amino acids, iodine, calcium and iron, which are especially beneficial for your menstrual cycle. Seaweed also prevents damage to tissues, relieves stress and boosts stamina.

And last, but never the least in any way, water. Always drink lots of water throughout your day. It is important to all your body's processes and flushes toxins out of your body. Premenstrual headaches also seem more common if you are dehydrated. It is the easiest way to improve your wellbeing, especially in tropical weather or if you exercise heavily. So start drinking more water from today!

Source:http://life.familyeducation.com/nutrition-and-diet/menstruation/44299.html