Many women experience digestive issues during and around the time of their periods, due to hormonal fluctuations. These can include:
• Diarrhea, or loose motions
• Vomiting (rarely)
• Abdominal pain and cramping
• Depressed mood, anxiety, and pelvic pain are also common during menstruation and can exacerbate digestive issues.
Tips for a Healthy Digestive System
A nutritious diet rich in whole foods is a key part of good health. Follow these tips for a healthy digestive system:
?Eat a high-fiber diet that includes both soluble fiber (e.g. whole oats) and insoluble fiber (e.g. leafy greens).
?Choose low-fat foods and lean meats; fatty foods like fried potatoes and fatty cuts of meat can be difficult to digest.
?Stay hydrated, which (along with eating enough fiber) helps your body form softer,
?Enhance your diet with superfoods, including berries, green tea, nuts, chia seeds, oats, dark leafy greens, and unsweetened yogurt.
?Exercise regularly; physical activity helps your digestive system function optimally.
?Manage stress, which can reduce immunity and cause a range of problems, from increased stomach acid production to esophageal spasms.
?Limit consumption of caffeine and alcohol, which can trigger or worsen heartburn and other digestive problems.
?When to see a doctor:
See a gastroenterologist right away if you experience troubling or painful digestive problems. These can include heartburn that won’t go away, abdominal pain or bleeding, excessive gas or bloating, diarrhea or constipation, nausea and/or vomiting, esophageal pain, dark urine, stool leakage, rectal bleeding, or other worrisome symptoms.
Dr. Tasaduk Hussain Itoo