Smoothies are quite versatile. You may easily make the healthiest smoothie for period cramps - detoxifying, and gut-friendly - all in one glass!
Do how do smoothies actually help period cramps? In this blog series, we'll explore the how & why. We will also be sharing some of our favourite menstrual pain-relieving smoothie recipes that you can easily whip up.
Before we get into the recipes (the topic of our upcoming blogs in the series), let’s have a look at how the ingredients in a smoothie actually help to ease painful periods.
In a previous post on Natural Remedies For Periods, we addressed how the fundamental cause of menstruation pain is high amounts of a hormone called prostaglandin. This isn't to suggest that prostaglandins aren't beneficial. We do require them. Excessively high prostaglandin levels, on the other hand, produce inflammation.
The ingredients in a healthy smoothie, thankfully, can help you fight inflammation.
The Best Detoxifier
Toxins have a big role in inflammation and hormone imbalance, thus if we want to get rid of cramps, we need to strengthen our detox pathways. Detoxification also helps main the health of organs like the liver and colon.
Boost your detoxification by including berries in your smoothie recipe. Blueberries contain an antioxidant called anthocyanin that protect the liver and keep it functioning optimally. Leafy greens are an excellent choice too.
A Gut Feeling
The gut, in addition to the liver and colon, is involved in detoxification and hormone production and regulation. As a result, we want to ensure that we improve gut health, particularly our “friendly” gut bacteria. Fruit smoothies help you do just that! They basically “feed” your bacteria. Being nutrient dense, smoothies help heal your gut lining and prevent leaky gut syndrome (something that worsens inflammation).
Like A Sponge
Smoothies are incredibly easy for the body to digest and absorb because they are blended and in liquid form. This means you'll be able to reap the benefits sooner rather than later!
Furthermore, if you have a sensitive digestive tract, smoothies can be especially beneficial. Liquids are the easiest way for your body to acquire the nutrients needed. Because constipation is linked to hormone imbalances, we always advocate drinking smoothies to help your body heal from within.
Are you looking for simple smoothie recipes to ease your painful cramps? Do you just want some dang relief during your periods? Get your notepad and utensils ready, and stay tuned for our next piece in this series.