September 29 is National Coffee Day where we celebrate our favourite morning drink. There is no denying that people around the world love their coffee!
Many studies suggest coffee has excellent benefits for your health. The caffeine in coffee can help fight heart disease, reduce stress, improve your memory and even help fight the common cold.
Here are 4 useful coffee facts to consider when you have your next period.
Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor and constricts your blood vessels making your blood pressure go up, giving you that more awake feeling. If you drink too much coffee, it can be bad news for your period because it can worsen cramp pain and raise tension levels.
This doesn’t mean you have to stop drinking coffee completely. Choose a coffee with less caffeine like a darker roast or simply drink a little less.
Caffeine is a common ingredient added to the painkiller drug acetaminophen (Tylenol). When caffeine is combined with acetaminophen, it increases the pain relieving effects. But beware – caffeine and acetaminophen can also cause slight nausea.
If you find yourself becoming nauseous, try taking painkillers without added caffeine.
When you drink coffee, you’ve probably noticed that you pee more. This is because caffeine is a diuretic – a drug that makes you pee more and as a result it can leave you feeling dehydrated.
If you’re on your period, you may want to drink less coffee or choose a dark roast which has less caffeine. Make sure you drink lots of water to stay hydrated too.
If you already experience diarrhea during your period, you may find that caffeine makes your period poops worse.
The oils and acids in coffee can irritate and flare up your intestines causing cramps and diarrhea. If you have a sensitive tummy, you may want to avoid coffee on your worst period days.
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