You’re familiar with the scenario: you work hard, workout harder and then your period hits you. Five days of fatigue and junk food cravings can undo what you accomplished in the other 25 days. And it’s entirely understandable. Women are expected to carry on with their daily routine, while suffering from cramps, fatigue, bloating and headaches. So who wouldn’t give in to some comfort food?
There is, however, a better solution. Certain foods can help relieve some menstrual symptoms. In addition, these foods also offer benefits to your overall health. Read on to find out how you can satisfy your cravings and relieve your period cramps.
Top 10 foods to eat during your period:
- Nuts and seeds
Most nuts and seeds are rich in magnesium and quite filling. This helps alleviate bloating and reduce cravings for unhealthy snacks and junk food.
- Beans and legumes
Beans and legumes are a vital part of our diet throughout the month. They are rich in fibers and help keep our digestive track stable. This is especially important during your period since the digestive system can become irregular. Another benefit is that beans contain vitamin B, which is great for eliminating toxins. Keep in mind though, that consuming too many beans can also cause gas formation. To avoid this, make sure to soak the beans overnight and pressure cook them.
Caffeine is something to be avoided during periods. While being quite energizing, it can lead to painful cramps and bloating. Instead, indulge in calming chamomile tea or add peaches or ginger to water. Ginger water helps soothe the stomach and relieve cramps.
- Dark chocolate
Not all chocolate is created equal. Dark chocolate can help boost serotonin levels and improve your mood. It also satisfies cravings for sweets and junk food. Eat a few squares of dark chocolate when craving something sugary for a quick pick-me-up.
Water is an essential part of our everyday diet. But during your period, be extra sure to drink enough water. For one, it helps flush out toxins and excess sodium from the body. Too much sodium causes migraines and bloating, so water helps prevent them. Drinking only plain water can be off-putting. You can try to spice it up infusing it with various fruits, vegetables, and spices.
– Add apples and cinnamon can boost the metabolic rate and add some fiber
-Lemons and cucumber add a refreshing taste
-Peach and ginger calms stomach problems
-Mango and ginger water is rich in antioxidants
- Foods rich in complex carbohydrates
Carbohydrate-rich foods help relieve sugar cravings. These include fruits, vegetables, and whole foods. Try eating apricots, oranges, plums, pears, or if vegetables are more to your taste, cucumbers, carrots, artichokes or corn.
- Foods rich in calcium
The RDA recommends a daily intake of 1200 mg of calcium for women. To meet this, supplement your diet with yogurt, kale, and broccoli.
– Try yogurt-based smoothies with fruits rich in antioxidants. Mangoes and papayas are a great choice.
-Rich in calcium, dill also adds a nice flavour to salads and sauces.
– Sesame seeds are another great addition to your diet
- Foods rich in vitamin C
Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, which is beneficial to the health of the female reproductive system. Another great source of vitamin C is parsley and parsley tea also helps reduce muscle pain.
- Foods rich in Vitamin E
In addition to being great for the skin, vitamin E helps alleviate some PMS symptoms. Try avocados, egg yolk and hemp seeds for a vitamin E boost.
- Foods rich in B6
To boost your mood and relieve some stress, eat some B6-rich foods such as potatoes, bananas, and oatmeal.
These health foods can help with many PMS symptoms. You should also try to avoid some foods. Too much dairy can cause cramps. To prevent bloating, avoid sugary and salty foods. Red meat and alcohol upset the stomach. Finally, try to relax and remind yourself that in a few short days this will be over.
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