A large majority of adolescent girls experience bloating, cramps, and abdominal pain during their periods. A new study presented at the annual meeting of The North American Menopausal Society suggests that some foods these girls eat might make their dysmenorrhea, or painful periods, worse. Researchers at Rutgers University found that diets high in inflammatory foods increase the risk of menstrual cramp pain. Examples of these inflammatory foods include meats, sugars, and coffee. Data suggests that an anti-inflammatory diet focused on vegetables, fruits, and olive oil can lead to fewer and less severe symptoms. Other than a healthy diet, regular exercise and getting good sleep can also be important.
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