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Easing menstrual pains

Question : MY period usually lasts five days. Can I shorten the duration of my period with a change in diet?

Answer : A PERIOD lasting five days is fairly normal for women. There is no proven diet to shorten the length of it. But here are some nutritional guidelines you can follow during your period to help ease PMS and other discomforts.

Eat six small meals a day. Eat the normal amount of food you usually eat but spread it out over the day. Do not go for long periods without eating.

You may supplement your diet with evening primrose oil and vitex agnus castus. Research has confirmed that vitex acts on the hormones. It is used for menstrual problems and infertility as it helps to balance the progesterone and oestrogen levels, thereby regulating the menstrual cycle and alleviating pre-menstrual symptoms. Evening primrose oil, which supplies omega-6 fatty acids, has hormonal balancing and anti-inflammatory effects.

Eliminate or reduce caffeine including coffee, tea, colas and chocolate. If you are a heavy consumer of caffeine, it is best to wean yourself off gradually.

Reduce salt intake. Try not to add salt to foods and limit the intake of processed foods, fast foods, potato chips and other salty snacks, luncheon meat, bacon, ham, sausages and canned soup. Excess salt intake may worsen water retention symptoms including bloating, and swelling of the hands and feet.

Reduce alcohol consumption. Many women find that alcohol affects them in more negative ways during the premenstrual period.

If you have not been exercising, be sure to start slowly. If you already are exercising, keep it up. Three to five days a week of aerobic activity (running, walking, biking, swimming, etc.) for 20 to 60 minutes is highly recommended.

 
 

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