In Ancient India, menstruations were considered very sacred. Women rested during these 3 to 5 days; they didn’t cook, they didn’t go out, they just relaxed and rested, as the body during this period goes through a lot. But in modern civilizations, many women believe that menstruation is something dirty. Also, in this fast-paced world, women are not allowed to rest and take care of their diet. Because the body during menstruation is going through a cleansing and detoxifying process, you should take care of what you eat.
According to Ayurveda, menstruating women should completely avoid:
- Fried food
- Very spicy food
- Oily food
- Fatty food
- Raw and cold food
Simple food is best during these days, especially if you have stomach cramps, lower back pain, headaches and if you are more emotional. Nausea, vomiting, an upset stomach, gas, and constipation are normal during menstruation and also depends on what your body and mind and gone through during the entire month.
Your diet needs to be very simple, with lots of vegetables; avoid eating salads at night, as they could cause gas and increase Vata.
- Make vegetable soups.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Drink fresh seasonal fruit juices.
- Eat boiled vegetables with couscous or rice.
- Make lentil soup.
- Cook porridge.
15 days before menstruation, soak 8-10 almonds overnight, peel the skin and eat them in the morning, before breakfast; this will relieve the menstrual pain. Avoid exercising or yoga during menstruation. Keep in mind that your body is going through a specific and intense process. Take care of your body and adjust your diet to your body’s cycles. You’ll see the changes for yourself.