What happens during those dreadful 7 days of periods is not news. As if bleeding was not enough, we have to go through cramps and mood swings too. Everything and everyone seems like an enemy, only here for troubling us. Luckily there are some foods that will help you alleviate your period pain, and thus, reducing at least one of the headaches.
These simple foods can be added to your regular diet. Stuff them in you before you curl up in your bed and binge all day.
1. Dark Chocolate
So all those chocolate cravings are actually your body giving you signs? Jokes aside, Dark chocolates are a tasty source of magnesium and fiber. Be careful to have only those with 85% or high cocoa content, as sugar can make your cramps worse.
2. Green leafy vegetables
Although not as tempting as chocolate, leafy vegetables should be on your BFF list. Here’s why. Vegetables such as Spinach and Broccoli contain a lot of nutrients, namely, Vitamins A, C, B6, and others that are shown to help with period pain. They are also a source of Magnesium, which regulates serotonin, which can uplift your mood.
Ginger helps to relieve upset stomach, nausea and bloating. A nice hot cup of ginger tea can surely make your period evenings better and will be a great alternative to coffee! Take a small piece of ginger, slice it and put it in hot water. Add lemon if required and you’re good to go.
Bananas are a rich source of Potassium and Vitamin B6. These can help in bloating and cramping. Even eating a single banana will make you feel a lot better. Try them to help with your PMS symptoms too. Go bananas with the banana shake!
To complete your fruit palate, oranges would be a perfect choice. It contains Vitamin D and calcium, together they can both reduce cramping and improve your mood.
Yogurt is full of calcium and is thus very effective in treating menstrual cramps. It also contains bacteria that keep your stomach healthy and reduce bloating, a very uninvited side effect of periods.
This one should be easy. Eggs are almost a superfood. They are packed with nutrients such as Vitamin B, D, and E, which can shoo away period cramps. Add eggs in your diet and you can face any PMS symptom.
Bonus: Now that you know what to eat, how about a quick session on what not to eat?
Hate to break it you, but fried and processed food can actually make your cramps worse. And while we’re at it, maintain your safe distance from the accompanists, carbonated and sugary drinks. They up your water retention and this causes bloating. Stick to normal water instead.
Any kind of high-fat foods, heavy meat, or heavy dairy should be on your no-no list.
Phew! Too many instructions to follow. Why can’t we just dig into chocolate cakes instead? Happy periods!
By Manisha Joshi