Thursday, June 11, 2015

The time of Month

It is time of that month, what should I eat, not eat...etc?

In my memory and experience. In Phils. I was thought to not take a bath on a first day and once my grandmother told me don't wash to often down there if you are having period.(Find this ludicrous actually)They believe by washing too often wind would go in there and will cause you more cramps. On foods I have always been particular on food. What should I eat and not eat and drink during this time of month? I will share with you some of the things I follow, and some info's I found on some websites :-D

Foods that should  be avoided

Sweets,soda, cake or candy -  to prevent a rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fatigue.
Beverages containing caffeine. - It is advisable to drink barley tea or mint tea.

Alcohol – But beers do wonders for me before – it reduces my pain and cramps

Tea – Some women will get a heavy flow due to the tannins tea contains but me it will stop the flow.So this depends on some women.

Salty food. - It will makes you retain water and give you a puffy and bloated feeling.
Acidic, pungent and stimulating foods - hawthorn berries, sauerkraut, vinegar, pepper, mustard etc.

Cold Water
Chiled fruits, desserts and drinks – it will cause cramps and spotting
Cooling Herbal Tea - Chinese believe that ladies should avoid taking cooling food and drinks during period. So herbal tea and drinks like barley or chrysanthemum tea should be avoided.

Certain Fruits - Pineapples and water melons.Both fruits are considered “cooling” and pineapples in particular will increase the menstrual flow and your menstrual blood will get a foul smell. Other such as pears, water chestnuts, wax gourds also to be avoided.

Dairy Food. This doesn’t apply for all women, but its better to take caution as dairy food might make women feel terrible.
Suggested Foods and Drinks
Warm water -  Will make your body feel warm and thus pain will be reduced .Also advisable to drink days before you know your period is coming to prevent and lower the pain.
Chocolates - acccording to some websites, it’s good to eat chocolates contains complex carbohydrates that helps your body expose off excess progesterone, which is the main culprit of PMS.
Iron Rich Foods – to replace the iron loss – lots of veget

If you are having cramps – drink a glass of warm water, rest and lie down on your stomach.

If you think anything above is wrong, please comment.

Traditional Chinese medicine believes that heat promotes blood circulation while the cold slows it down. Eating cold foods not only hinders digestion but also harms the body's yangqi, causing the production of internal cold, which causes stagnation. It will slow down the circulation of blood, causing a lack of blood and even dysmenorrhea.

Suggested Foods for Menstruating Women

1. Women should pay attention to having balanced servings of vegetables and meat to prevent an iron deficiency. Iron is necessary in the synthesis of hemoglobin and many important enzymes, and it is also important for the immune system, the memory, the aging prevention, and in metabolism. During the menstrual period, due to the loss of iron, it is very important for women to consume foods rich in iron. Fish, liver and animal blood all contain iron that is easily absorbed by the body. While some vegetables such as soybeans and spinach are also rich in iron, they are less easily absorbed by the body. During their menstrual period women should eat more meat to meet their body's iron needs.

2. Women should eat more warm foods such as kelp, jujube, husked sorghum grain, mutton, onion, auricularia auricula, longan, roses, etc. If you eat cold foods or ice, you should drink brown sugar and ginger to balance and promote the circulation of blood within the body.

3. Women should eat more foods rich in high fiber such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, brown rice, and oatmeal. These foods promote hormone production and increase the level of magnesium in the blood. It can regularize the cycle and calm the nerves. Women who lose a lot of blood should eat more spinach, jujubes or raisins, foods that contain a lot of fiber.

4. Eat more protein. .Women should eat food containing high protein like meat, eggs, tofu and soybeans to supplement the nutrients and minerals that are lost during the cycle. Women facing menopause should eat foods rich in calcium, like milk and dried fish.