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The period of menstruation is usually difficult for most women. Cramps, bloating, soreness, general discomfort and an agitated mental state makes everything, even the simplest daily chore, challenging.
The diet and lifestyle of a menstruating woman has a direct influence on her overall health and can influence her future pregnancies and sexual health. Therefore, Ayurveda recommends a set of guidelines to follow during this period.
During the period of three days, avoid eating anything other than fruits and cooked vegetables without spices. This is known as Habishya diet. Spices may upset your gut that is probably already bloated.
Ayurveda advices sexual abstinence, Brahmacharini, during menses. Avoid sex during this period. You may experience an increased libido during, but engaging in sex may lead to long term sexual health problems.
Traditionally, Ayurveda recommends that a women in her menses should rest on a comfortable mat made of soft Kusha (Darbha/Durva) grass. Avoid all household activities like cooking or cleaning for three days and allow the body to rest. If you are a working mum, you will have to find the right balance between rest and responsibilities.
Excessive laughter, shedding tears, excessive talk or heavy make-up should be avoided. These can affect the quality of Beeja (ovum) and could influence the health of children born of future pregnancies.
After following the above guidelines for three days, you should cleanse yourself physically and emotionally. Wear fresh clothes after bath and say your daily prayers. Consume a meal of nutritious grains and fruits and gradually ease into your usual lifestyle.
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