Periods, it’s that time of the month when you feel irritated, tired and bloated and those stomach pains and cramps make it even worse. In the attempt of easing, you might reach for a bag of potato chips or oily foods, but let me warn you that eating poorly will only make those symptoms worse.
Here is a list of some foods that will help you in making your monthly cycle more convenient. You just need to follow these simple tips to follow during periods and you can easily pass on those tough days.
Eat Complex Carbohydrates
Always treat vegetables, fruits and whole grains as your friends especially during menstruation. Sweet food might help you alleviate sugar cravings. Try foods like apricots, pears, oranges, artichokes, plums, cucumbers, corn and carrots.
Cutting down on caffeine will help you reduce the chances of bloating and also cool an irritable stomach. This is because caffeine that we usually prefer in the form of tea and coffee increases stomach acids and hit roughly on sensitive intestines. However you can still try traditional tea as a best substitute to strong coffee.
Eat Calcium Rich Foods
According to a study it has been concluded that women need at least 1,200 mg of calcium in a day. Yogurt, collard greens, kale and broccoli are considered as some good sources of calcium.
Avoid Eating Too Much of Salt
Over consumption of salty food can cause bloating and water retention in body. The best method to control salt intake is by avoiding fast foods and processed meals as most of them contains two or three times more salt that we normal get through meals.
Indulge in Dark Chocolates
If you have a great love for chocolate bars then its okay. In fact having a piece of dark chocolate every day during periods would help in soothing your cravings. Also they are very helpful antioxidants that improve our mood by boosting the level of serotonin.
Don’t Skip Water
Studies have confirmed that drinking more water will help your body alleviate bloating and water retention. Keep in mind that our body needs more water during periods to balance the water it has released so far.
Don’t Forget Your Vitamins
Adding vitamin-rich food diet especially during your cycle can help you eliminate some PMS symptoms. Some really effective food sources are avocado and hemp seeds and egg yolk.