We often talk about the tough time women have when it’s their time of the month. The problems faced by women during periods vary across age groups. I have noticed in multiple cases that when daughters approach their moms with problems they face, the reply of moms generally is that “I have gone through the same.” Moms share the remedies they adopted to have a pain-free period. While young girls are often distressed with acne, abdominal pain, cramps or excessive blood flow, women over forty are suffer from severe problems such as irregular menstruation, PCOD and many other physical irregularities. The very popular Dietitian and Nutritionist, Rujuta Diwekar has given some dietary tips to overcome problems related to periods.
First – how energetic do you feel during the day?
Second – how much deep sleep do you get at night?
Third – do you exercise regularly or not?
Even after meeting the above criteria of being healthy, if you still experience problems like irregular menstruation and cramps in the stomach, then you must take some special things in your diet. These will help increase your body’s sensitivity towards insulin and help in reducing the irregularity of periods.
Keeping in mind the problems faced by women of all ages, Rujuta said that coconut, jaggery and hyacinth seeds (watercress seeds) are a few things that help to solve the problem of oily skin and open pores during periods.
Millets like Nachni or Ragi, are particularly beneficial in relieving abdominal cramps during periods and keeping away the unwanted pimples on the face. You can choose to eat these millets in the form of a dosa, porridge or as a bread.
Isn’t it easy that we use these things available in our kitchen to become healthy? Indian food tradition has always encouraged solutions from the kitchen rather than the use of medical treatment and medicines. We will get the answers to most ailments if we go back to our roots. All we need to do is understand this and pass it on to the next generation as well.