Late or irregular periods can be caused due to Polycystic ovary syndrome, lifestyle choices like smoking or drinking, stress, diabetes, significant weight loss or gain and recent birth, among other factors.
New Delhi: Every woman dreads “that time of the month” as it comes with menstrual cramps, mood swings, discomfort and a lot of cravings, among other things. However, what women dread even more is if they do not arrive on time, of course when they are not trying to get pregnant. Women tend to stress about their periods not being on time as it could be a sign of unplanned pregnancy or a health condition.
Late or irregular periods can be caused due to Polycystic ovary syndrome, lifestyle choices like smoking or drinking, stress, diabetes, significant weight loss or gain and recent birth, among other factors. If you are suffering from irregular periods, heavy or too little bleeding, or your periods are lasting for longer than they should, or for lesser days than they should, here are a few food items you must include in your diet to avoid the problem.
According to ancient Indian wisdom, ginger really helps in keeping the menstrual cycle regular and relieving menstrual cramps. Ginger has a warming effect on the body, and that is part of the reason it helps cure a common cold and provides relief in the winters. Ginger is known to have properties that enhance or promote menstruation, therefore it is really useful for women who have delayed periods or very little flow. Ginger can be added to your food or tea for easiest consumption.
Cinnamon is particularly popular in relieving menstrual cramps. Cinnamon is believed to have a warming effect on the body, which promotes menstruation. It also contains hydroxychalcone which helps regulate insulin – the hormone responsible to break down sugar in the body. Cinnamon may, therefore, have a positive effect on diabetes as well as menstruation. Cinnamon can be added to milk, tea, or you can just chew cinnamon sticks regularly.
Turmeric is known for its medicinal use since ages. It has antiseptic and healing properties which help cure menstrual pain and cramps. It also has a warming effect on the body, and can, therefore, promote menstruation and balance hormones. You can add turmeric to your food or drink it in milk made with jaggery.
According to a study published on National Centre for Biotechnology Information, America, mint can be a very good remedy for irregular periods and menstrual cramps. A combination of dried mint leaves and honey is one of the best Ayurvedic remedies for regular menstrual cycles. You can add dried mint powder to honey, and eat a spoon of the mixture every day for best results. The remedy may also help with menstrual cramps.
According to a report published in a leading daily, unripe papaya helps contract muscle fibres in the uterus and therefore aids regulation of periods. You can eat the unripe papaya sabji with roti, or bread or rice, or drink unripe papaya juice regularly to get the best results. However, it is recommended that you do not drink the juice while you are on your periods.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.