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Lets talk about periods

Dr. Amna Zaidi

PharmD

Menstruation

  • During a normal menstrual cycle, the lining of a woman's uterus sheds.

  • This prepares our body for a possible pregnancy.

  • Your period is also known as menses or  menstrual period

  • Menstrual blood is partly blood and partly tissue from the inside of the uterus and flows from the uterus through the cervix and out of the body through the vagina.

Symptoms

  • Moodiness

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Food cravings

  • Cramps in the lower abdomen and back

  • Bloating

  • Tenderness in the breasts

  • Acne

If you have these symptoms, don’t worry you are having normal periods, but if you are worried about your symptoms you should consult consult your GP or pharmacist.  

Useful Herbs

  • OREGANO 

contains thymol and carvacrol to relax muscles .

  • CURCUMIN

shown to inhibit prostaglandins to help with pain

  • GINGER

anti-inflammatory useful to help with cramps, pains and bloating

  • PARSLEY

contains appal and myriticin - natural diuretics to prevent water retention

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Eat Well - Stay Well

Natural Yogurt

contains healthy “probiotics” -- bacteria.

Portion: 3 to 5 servings a week

Fatty fish

 Salmon, sardines, and mackerel

Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, DHA  and EPA 

Portion: 2 to 3 servings every week

Beans

Beans are a good source of protein and fibre and may also play a role in stabilizing female hormones

 Portion: 3 to 4 servings every week

Tomatoes

and  Watermelon, Red Grapefruit, Red Navel Oranges

The powerhouse nutrient in all these fruits is lycopene, a protective micronutrient.

Portion: 3 to 4 servings

every week

Berries

 

Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Cranberries

contain anthocyans, 

vitamin C and folic acid,  essentials for all women in their childbearing years.

Portion: 3 to 4 servings every week

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