Foods that help cramps – Here’s some I have tried and tested
When I’ve got cramps I am looking for any way to make them go. I’ll be 10 pages deep in Google asking questions like, “what foods when with cramps”, “how long do cramps last?” “how to get rid of period cramps fast!!”
I’ve tried and tested the old wives tales, the meds and the natural remedies.
But, one of my favourite ways to help with cramps is through food.
Foods that help cramps actually exist and there is science behind why they work. This is an absolute game changer for me because I love nothing more than eating, even more so when I am eating to help my body overcome something.
There are foods you can eat throughout your cycle as well as during those bending over double pains.
Let’s take a look at some foods that help cramps (well, for me anyway!)
5 foods I tried to help me with cramps
Recently we shared a blog on seed cycling. In this blog and Insta Live, we learnt so much from Bia Seeds on how eating different seeds might help with cramps, irregular cycles, hormone balance and even fertility.
One of the seeds on the list was flax seeds. Flax seeds are thought to have anti-inflammatory effects thanks to the omega 3 fatty acids found in them.
You can add seeds to smoothies, salads, porridge and basically anything!
I love adding a daily dose of seeds to oats. Or if I’m baking something like flapjack or granola then flax, sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds will always make the recipe.
Bananas are a high fiber food. This is ideal for helping with bowel movements – you don’t want constipation and bloating adding to your discomfort of cramps! Bananas are also high in magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral that may help to reduce those aches and pains.
I probably don’t need to tell you how to eat a banana (though I avoid an awkward public banana) but you might want to try getting creative with it. Banana bread, banana muffins, banana pancakes – bananas are a great way to sweeten bakes without adding heaps of sugar. Absolute win.
Salmon is another food that is rich in possible pain relieving omega 3s. It also contains vitamin D and B6 which may help mood and breast tenderness.
I like the idea of steamed salmon with green beans and new potatoes sprinkled with flax seeds for an ultimate omega 3 party.
Calcium rich foods
So, good news. There is science behind why you should eat ice cream when you have cramps.
Studies have found that calcium helps to reduce cramps and PMS symptoms, such as low mood and tiredness.
Other calcium rich foods are full fat yoghurt, a cheese board or glass of milk. If I’m not feeling the dairy I’ll go for dark leafy greens, but mostly there is always a fancying for ice cream!
There is nothing like a morning bowl of porridge. Whatever the weather, you’ll find me tucking into porridge. I usually team mine with a banana and some seeds (absolute cramp beater!!)
Oats are rich in fiber which, in theory, will help keep me full up too. They contain zinc and magnesium as an added bonus. We know from the banana chat that magnesium does wonders for cramps by relaxing blood vessels. Might also help you feel happier too.
Recipe for Cramp Busting Banana Oat Cookies
I love to bake and I find these Cramp Busting Oat Cookies do just the trick.
- 100g oats
- 1 super ripe banana
- 1 tbsp honey OR golden syrup
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Chocolate cut into chunks
- 1 tbsp flaxseeds
- 1 tsp cinnimon (optional)
Heat oven to 180 degrees C.
Combine all the ingredients into a bowl.
Place 1 tbsp of mixture onto the greased baking tray, flatten.
Press in a few extra chocolate chips into each cookie if you like.
Bake for 12-15 minutes
There you have 5 foods that helps cramps that I use during my period. Of course, I will still have my daily dose of CBD oil and drink lots of water. I know both of these work wonders for me, as well as the food above.
How do you deal with cramps? Is there a go to food that seems to make you feel better? Or one that makes you feel worse maybe?
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