Updated: Jun 5
Every month I can justify taking a painkiller, but like every good woman, I grin and bear it, lose my patience, burst out crying mid-morning run, hug a tree (not really) and snap at my husband for daring to ask if I'm okay. Ideally, every month when the old prostaglandins are at Club Uterus raving I would be alone with myself and the Mediterranean sea for a couple of days, returning home to my husband when the pain passes and I'm back in the room.
The period pain is generally the same for us all, too many prostaglandins, the chemicals that our uterus makes. These chemicals make our muscles in our uterus tighten and relax causing cramps. I know a couple of girlfriends who suffer for an entire week. I won't go into it, but it is horrendous.
We all know Ibruprofen works wanders, and at times it simply can't be avoided, particularly during ladies week (and I'm not talking about the races). However, taking painkillers like clockwork every month it is not good for our body. Even taking just one or two regularly can seriously damage our liver.
I recall in my twenties I was in the habit of taking painkillers every Monday, every four hours, all day, every Monday. The Honey-monster (Carol, who ate Sugar Puffs every morning) who sat next to me nick-named me 'Monday'. Looking back it wasn't cool, but at the time it was part of my return-to-work routine. Thankfully I wised-up early and jacked taking painkillers about 10 years ago because a paracetamol overdose is one of the leading causes of liver failure.
An alternative solution to pill-popping is to fuel big-time with plant-based foods. Plant-based foods taste better and long-term will make you look and feel healthier. Anti-inflammatory plant-based foods reduce swelling and inflammation. Plants work.
I recently burnt my arm on a steaming hot kettle. All I wanted is a Matcha, but in my haste, I ended up with a really aggressive third-degree burn which healed very quickly within a week. I recovered from the burn like a small child, very quickly. My husband reckons it is because I am ginger, but it is not, it is because I have a healthy diet and strong immune system which evidently always fights infection and toxins.
'An apple a day keeps the doctors away' so they say. No, it doesn't. It is a common English-language proverb of Welsh origin. It rhymes and sounds amusing but that is about it. Regular exercise and a Mediterranean diet, eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Replacing butter with extra virgin olive oil and using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavour foods: this is what keeps the doctor away.
If you aren't habitually buying the following plant-based foods below, consider introducing these 10 plant-based anti-inflammatory foods which reduce inflammation and swelling naturally:
2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5. Green tea or Matcha
10. Black pepper
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