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periods: Do Bananas help menstrual cramps go away?


Question Posted Friday December 10 2010, 12:03 am

do bananas really help cramps go away?





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curiousfox answered Friday December 10 2010, 8:07 pm:
I personally haven't tried it (bananas make me throw up, literally) but I know people who swear it works. And I sometimes will drink a banana smoothie or something of the like.
Bananas are rich in Vitamin K, a vitamin that when low can make cramps worse. Also, when you're cramping your muscles are releasing lactic acid which potassium helps to combat. Bananas are also very rich in potassium. I've heard bananas combined with the calcium in warm milk are great as calcium is a muscle relaxer.

Sadly, bananas do not work for everyone; but it's worth a shot. :)

Some other tips:
Take a pain reliever (ibuprofen or something) a few days leading up to your period.
Avoid caffeine and cold foods/liquids. Consuming cold things can tighten your muscles making cramps worse. Try drinking herbal tea.
Exercise. Nature's natural pain reliever.
Use a heating pad or warm water bottle. Or take a warm bubble bath with lavander/chamomile oils. (though the bath itself is likely to be effective to)
Stretch. One effective stretch is to lie on your back and pull your knees in toward your stomach but keep your feet on the ground.
If they're too unbearable there's always the option of heading to your doctor and seeing about birth control.

Hope this helps and your cramps are alleviated! (:

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CLN answered Friday December 10 2010, 1:52 am:
well some people say that food with light colors help but i think its all in your mide.. well when im on i drink cold milke and it seems to help a lil but some people are different then others right so maybe or maybe not hope i justed helped alil bye

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