We feel your pain, ladies. Every month, there comes a time when all you want to do is stay at home in your pyjamas, binge-watch Netflix and stuff your face with unhealthy food. Granted, this could happen at any time and for various reasons, but your period is sure to be one of them.
Your menstrual cycle is part of your body’s way of preparing for a possible pregnancy each month. During the monthly menstrual cycle, the uterus lining builds up to prepare for pregnancy. If you do not get pregnant, oestrogen and progesterone hormone levels start to drop, telling your body to begin menstruation. The uterus lining is discarded—often accompanied by cramps.
Around 80% of women experience period pain at some stage in their lifetime, but in 5% to 10% of women, the pain is severe enough to disrupt their daily life.
Some women find that eating the right kinds of foods may help ease menstrual pain. A growing body of evidence suggests that eating a wholefood, plant-based diet rich in anti-inflammatory fruits and veggies can balance your hormones and significantly reduce pain and PMS.