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Period Food: What Not To Eat When You’re Menstruating



When talking about PMS and period symptoms, diet is vital. However, eating healthily while on your period can be a bit of a challenge. Many of our cravings are erratic, extreme and unhealthy, and the foods we eat can have a huge impact on our bodies.

During menstruation and pre-menstruation, our hormones are all over the place and our bodies already feel like they’re falling apart, so it’s really important to make sure that what you eat isn’t making things worse.

Caffeine – with your fluctuating hormones leaving your mental state a little out of sorts, the last thing you want to do is introduce a stimulant like caffeine to throw your body into overdrive and cause more erratic mood swings. Coffee is the obvious one, but many fizzy drinks also contain caffeine.

Sugary foods – these will cause a sudden spike in energy levels, which will feel good at first, but your energy levels will crash just as suddenly, leaving you even more grumpy and lethargic than you started.

Dairy products  Everyone likes a cup of warm milk during those painful cramps. However, dairy products are known to contain an acid (arachidonic acid, to be precise) which in turn can cause and aggravate cramps.

Alcohol –Who doesn’t like having a shot or two of alcohol, if it helps you forget your cramp pain? However, having too much alcohol can cause your period symptoms to worsen. Better stay away.

Red meat – Foods high in saturated fats, like red meat should be avoided as they can worsen your cramps, bloating and acne. Instead, consuming leaner meats like skinless chicken or fish and other proteins is a better idea.


Rare genetic brain disease reported, ‘Myoclonus-Dystonia’




Bangalore: A rare genetic brain disease causing a movement disorder has been reported from Mumbai where a 21-year-old patient has been diagnosed with ‘Myoclonus-Dystonia’ with facial, neck and hand shaking and jerking due to rare genetic disorder called ADCY5-related dyskinesia.

This is a rare disease with less than 400 cases reported all over the world. The disorder is known to cause abnormal involuntary tremors in the body and is usually seen in children, but this is the first time it has been reported in an Indian adult patient.

He suffered from the condition since he was 13, but these jerks were initially mild. This progressed to moderate severity over the last few years. “We were able to manage the trembling till the time they were mild. With time, the intensity increased and so did the frequency which hampered daily activities and even any work that needed concentration”, told the parents of the 21 year old.

Dr VL Ramprasad, COO, MedGenome Labs that performed the genetic testing said, “ADCY5 mutation causes abnormal involuntary movements affecting the neck, arms and face. This mutation can also lead to episodic worsening triggered by anxiety, stress or inactivity -or characteristically periods before or after sleep. We have now published this case in MDCP (Movement Disorders Clinical Practice), which is a well-known journal.”

The doctor informed that when the patient came to them he would get these movements in spells intermittently in the early years. His whole body was shaking when he was anxious or even concentrating on an activity. After initial tests the doctors were convinced that he had a rare genetic disorder and tests confirmed ADCY5 gene mutation

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