When it comes to the period, which often makes us, women, feel uncomfortable and in pain, food can be real medicine. Choosing it properly may help you relieve symptoms and make them more manageable. Of course, it’s easier to get seduced by a mouth-drooling cheeseburger rather than by broccoli, especially when the hormones are jumping like a disco. Yet it can make you even more pain than er… bleeding.
Scroll through to find out which food is better to eat during this quite a sensitive time and which is better to avoid. You don’t need to include or, on the contrary, exclude everything from this list. You can do it gradually, and notice how some certain food exacerbates things like mood swings or bloating and some reduce them.
Your best friends during menstruation are leafy greens such as kale, spinach, or collard greens since they are rich in iron your body needs at this time. The lack of this micronutrient leads to overall bodily pain and dizziness. Add greens is a salad and your daily dose will be successfully reached.
Fruits, especially oranges, bananas, and watermelon are a must you have to fuel your body with. Even though a bar of Kit-Kat sounds more tempting, fruits are exactly what you need. Oranges include calcium, which reduces the familiar depression that waits for us every month on schedule. Vitamin D converts anxiety into serotonin, a commonly known mood booster. That’s why all citrus fruits are so essential during the period. While also being a great magic pill for a better mood, bananas are rich in potassium and magnesium, which can decrease bloat and retention. Watermelon helps to overcome overall weakness and fatigue.
Remember broccoli? This veggie contains oodles of vitamins and micronutrients such as magnesium and potassium, vitamins A, E, B6. It enriches your body with everything needed to pass the period successfully and happily and helps you get out of it with clean and fresh skin.
When it comes to excluding some food, your first enemy should be any kind of carbonated drinks. Water is the best liquid to quench the thirst not only during your period but every single day. Remember that. Also, try to phase out all processed foods. I know, it’s extremely delicious and you can desperately want it. But opt rather for dark chocolate instead of cookies or a piece of cake. Trans fats increase inflammation, so it’s better to cut back on various fries, chips, and nuggets as well. Even white bread and pasta are not desired at this period, try to change them on whole-grain cereal or bread and, therefore, avoid food with pure nutritional value.
Credits to https://unsplash.com/
Keep in mind that these rules are even cooler if you transform them into your DAILY habit. Then they will cure you all the time, not only for the time of menstruation. Take care of yourself!