That time of the month when many of us suffer from menstrual cramps is simply the worst. How we wish we never had to go through the painful period again, but then it happens again, and again. And we resort to pills to feel better. But is there a better way to solve the problem? There certainly could be. Nutritionist Simrun Chopra helps us understand the cause and solution of menstrual pain and this is something we can all learn from. She uploaded a post on her Instagram handle ‘simrun.chopra’ and shared the details.
She claims that there are multiple reasons why one can have menstrual cramps – “Fibroids and endometriosis are common factors and there is a common denominator. High estrogen levels are observed in both cases. Basically hormonal imbalance which can be due to high estrogen or low progesterone production, or both. The balance of these 2 is absolutely necessary for female menstrual health.”
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Simrun Chopra also reveals some diet tips that can have a direct impact on estrogen levels and make our periods less painful.
Here are 3 diet tips for painful periods:
1. Add Fiber Rich Foods:
It is important to eat plenty of fiber throughout the day. Include fibrous fruits, vegetables and grains in your daily diet. Nutritionist Simrun Chopra suggests eating “at least 2 large servings of vegetables and at least one fruit per day.” Click here to learn more about fiber-rich foods to include in your diet.
2. Consume Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Chia seeds, flaxseeds, walnuts, fish – they are all good sources of healthy fatty acids. Want more options to increase omega 3 fats in your diet? Click here.
3. Get Plenty of Vitamin D
“Low vitamin D is directly related to hormonal imbalances,” says Simrun Chopra. Aside from getting your daily allowance of vitamin D from natural sunlight, you can also turn to a number of foods that can help. Here is a list of vitamin D rich foods you must have.
Finally, nutritionist Simrun Chopra advises to get some exercise to stay healthy and fit and to solve the hormonal imbalance problem. “Focus on at least 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week, and also focus on getting more exercise throughout the day,” she adds.
Any dietary changes can take some time to show results. “Give your body the right nutrition for at least 6 months and let it do the rest,” says Simrun Chopra.
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