Many people recommend drinking soda during menstruation. The point is to facilitate the release of blood so that the menstrual period can be shortened. Is that right?
Until now, there have been no medical studies that can prove the connection between the consumption of carbonated drinks and the menstrual cycle that has circulated down and down.
Drinking caffeinated drinks will actually aggravate uncomfortable symptoms of menstruation. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder of the Optimal Wellness Center in Illinois, United States, high caffeine consumption is associated with high estrogen levels, which increases the risk of developing breast and endometrial cancer. Mercola believes that although coffee does carry certain risks, caffeinated drinks such as soda and fruit juice in containers are far more detrimental to women's health.
Caffeinated drinks are also associated with increased symptoms and frequency of pre-menstrual syndrome, or PMS. Women who routinely consume soft drinks during their menstrual periods are proven to experience more than usual PMS symptoms, when compared to a group of women who don't consume soda at all during their menstrual cycle. PMS symptoms include headaches, cramps, breast pain, bloating, mood swings, back pain, fatigue, and irritability. All of the above symptoms are compounded by excessive caffeine consumption.
Effect of caffeine on menstruation
Caffeine is an stimulant that can increase blood pressure and heart rate. As an alternative way of dealing with PMS pain, there are also many women who consume caffeinated drinks to restore energy. Increased caffeine actually actually causes tension, anxiety, sleep problems, and extreme exhaustion.
Removing or reducing the habit of drinking soda may be beneficial for your health in general and can reduce the feeling of discomfort during your menstrual cycle.