Black Girl in Om writes…
Every month we encounter the same symptoms: backaches, bloating, tender breasts and dreaded cramps. For most women, having their periods is the worst time of the month. A period can feel like a painful inconvenience no one wants to deal with. We try to relieve the pain with medication sometimes to no avail. What would happen if we could take charge of our periods? If we could experience the best period, period? It’s something that’s completely possible and doable. It just takes practice and know how.
Menstrual self-care is vital to having a smoother and less painful period. Eating the right foods and tending to the needs of our bodies is something that most women either don’t know much about or forget about all together. Healing foods are all around you. Your kitchen is your natural medicine cabinet. There are foods with a wide range of healing properties: from alleviating pain to salving wounds and soothing unsettled tummies.
Here are five tips and tricks that I recommend to help kick cramps and aches to the curb:
Those delicious acaí smoothie bowls popping up on menus and your Instagram feed are no coincidence. Acaí is rich in B vitamins and minerals which your body especially needs during that time of the month. Carrots are known for relieving PMS irritability and asparagus relieves menstrual pains. Roast both of those together in the oven as a side dish and you’re set. A great concoction for treating menstrual symptoms is aloe vera juice, mint leaves and raspberries. This mojito-like drink (recipe at the end of my article!) calms you and helps numb pain.