There’s nothing quite like a bad menstrual cramp ruining a perfectly good day, or making a particularly brutal day worse. Although there are many over-the-counter (OTC) medications and alternatives to providing relief to your menstrual cramps, sometimes a good cuppa hot and toasty drink is all you need!
Here are the top few drinks that can serve as a balm to your screaming ovaries when the hormones declare war:
You can never go wrong with trusty H2O. Keeping yourself hydrated is always essential but it becomes even more important when you’re on your period. Some women think drinking water on their period will contribute to bloating, but actually, H2O is basically a panacea for all menstrual problems.
In fact, not only will imbibing an adequate amount of water both reduce bloating and alleviate cramps, but it can also shorten your period, which, I mean, hell yeah.
#2: Pineapple Juice
If you’re sick of drinking boring plan ol’ water, you can opt for juices instead!
This one’s a surprise: Contrary to popular belief that pineapple causes ‘heavier flows’ or menstrual cramps, it turns out that pineapples help ease muscle tension, thanks to the bromelian enzyme. This means they come in handy when your uterine muscles are so clenched you feel like your womb will implode, and also when you crick your back from spending too many hours curled up in the fetal position on the couch binge watching shows on Netflix. Not that I’ve ever done that, of course.
If juices still won’t do and you’re craving for something more ‘substantial’, try out smoothies instead! Smoothies are great because you can throw a bunch of necessary cramp-fighting components into one drink, plus they taste pretty spectacular.
Although, drink with caution as they’re mostly ice-cold which might worsen the cramps. Incorporate foods high in Vitamin B, like apples and bananas, which help fight PMS and menstrual cramps; use soy milk or greek yogurt for an added dash of calcium, and sprinkle in some cashews, whose magnesium levels will also cut down on cramping.
Other helpful ingredients include spinach and kale, whose calcium levels help with cramps; flaxseed, blueberries, and dark chocolate, which serves both as a mood elevator and an antioxidant-full treat that eases period pain. The best thing? You can throw ALL of these ingredients into 1 smoothie blend at once!
Here are some other herbs that help with menstrual cramps you may want to consider adding into your smoothie!
Find yourself reaching for that cup of coffee no thanks to the fatigue that your period has brought you? Or simply just craving it because you’re a caffeine junkie?
Try not to cave in to it as caffeine has been known to significantly make your menstrual cramps worse! Instead, opt for teas or coffee-substitutes.
Remember, even decaf coffee contain traces amount of caffeine. Some teas contain caffeine as well!
#5: Hot (Dark) Chocolate
Everyone’s guilty pleasure. Not only will this make you smile with satisfaction – your uterus will thank you too! Dark chocolate has been known to relieve menstrual cramps as well as serve as an antioxidant and mood booster. Win-win!
Bear in mind though, that it has to be DARK chocolate. Normal milk chocolate might actually worsen your symptoms!
Of course, while these drinks help to relieve your menstrual cramps, you should take note of some other beverages or food to avoid while on your period to prevent worsened cramps! If you want to take it up a notch and try out food that helps with your menstrual cramps, check this post out!
Thank you and I hope this article has helped!