Be Empowered With Your Health! New Research Reveals How Inflammatory Foods Can Worsen Menstrual Cramps While Other Foods Can Relieve Them
A monthly period is a part of a woman’s life from puberty to menopause. For many, it’s also monthly misery. Leading up to a period, many women experience premenstrual symptoms that can affect their daily life, such as mood changes, headaches, bloating, and cramps. Once their period begins, the symptoms continue or sometimes worsen for a large proportion of the population.
Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and birth control pills may provide relief for some, but they may not be appropriate or effective for everyone. Fortunately, new research presented this week at the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) conference confirmed what Dr. Taketa-Wong has been saying for years: Dietary changes can significantly reduce the severity of menstrual cramps.
Menstrual cramps occur when prostaglandins cause the uterus to contract to expel the lining of the uterus. Some people barely notice this happening, but it can cause intense discomfort for others. (Prostaglandins are compounds with hormone-like effects. They control processes such as inflammation, blood flow, the formation of blood clots and the induction of labor.)
Prostaglandins also cause inflammation, and it is this inflammation that can lead to more severe menstrual cramps. It is well documented that some foods cause inflammation and others relieve it. This latest research shows that the foods which relieve inflammation may also alleviate menstrual cramps.
When Dr. Taketa-Wong helps women upgrade their food choices and make individualized supplements, herbs, and other recommendations, their menstrual cramps and other symptoms often significantly improve or resolve completely.
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