Dietary tips to support management of common period problems……
Period problems are common during reproductive life but have to be seen in the context of the woman’s chronological age. A period problem in a 30 years old woman is completely different to a 50 years old woman.
Women who attend a gynaecology clinic because of period problems may complain of one or more of the following symptoms: heavy periods (known as menorrhagia), painful periods (known as dysmenorrhea), irregular periods (known oligo-menorrhoea), absent periods (known as amenorrhoea) and unpredictable menstrual bleeding (that occurs during the menstrual cycle, more often in the middle).
In general, the following nutritional guideline helps regulate normal periods for any body type:
To ease painful & scanty menstruation:
- Drink a glass of hot sweetened milk added with a teaspoon of sesame oil / ghee early morning and evening in empty stomach.
To overcome hot flushes & heavy periods / unpredictable menstrual bleeding:
- Drink a glass of cold pomegranate juice spiced with cardamom at mid-noon (12.00 noon)
- Include Banana flowers as a regular vegetable menu in your noon meal plan.
To support absent / irregular periods:
- Drink a glass of hot milk mixed with egg white, sweetened & spiced with palm jaggery and turmeric early morning in empty stomach.
- Drink a glass of hot sweet beverage prepared with roasted whole cereals and almonds sweetened with palm jaggery
Period problems affects a woman physically, emotionally and socially causing disruption to everyday life. Supporting the main line of treatment with appropriate food & diet as per the body type and problem helps cure the problem at the earliest. Appropriate dietary management at early ages (as early as 8 yrs of age) helps regulate the normal menstrual process.