“That time of the month” is probably the worst week you encounter every month. Don’t you think so? There is no full stop to your cravings and mood swings! Those endless cravings make you feel like eating all that junk and processed foods stored in your kitchen. I agree that the cravings are hard to resist and you find comfort in your food to distract yourself from the horrible pain or cramps you suffer. But do you know that there are foods that can regulate your pain?
Yes! You heard me right! The food you take can either alleviate your discomfort or increase it. You can take control of how your body feels while you are on your period. The food you eat during your period time has the ability to ease menstrual symptoms like cramps, nausea, fatigue, bloating, weakness and headache. So let’s jump straight into discussing the 10 foods you should be eating during your period to ease your discomfort.
1. Dark chocolate
It is quite obvious that we tend to eat a lot of chocolate during our period. Be it in the form of chocolate or pastries, we always have a thing for a sweet tooth. But there is no need of stopping our urges anymore. You can have dark chocolate instead of milk or white chocolates. Dark chocolate contains iron and magnesium which are known to lower severe PMS symptoms.
Fish contains omega 3 fatty acids which can help in reducing the pain during menstruation. Salmon is one fish that tops the list of rich sources of omega 3 fatty acids besides iron. Both of these together can ease the pain you face during periods. So go for salmon if you’re planning to eat fish during your period.
This potassium rich fruit can give you an instant energy boost if you feel weak while on your period. If you suffer from diarrhea or irregular bowel movements caused due to periods, bananas should be the fruit you’re opting for. The magnesium in it relaxes the muscles and fiber helps you with the bowel movement.
4. Green leafy vegetables
Most of us do not prefer this unless we are on a strict salad diet. But do you know that green leafy vegetables are great sources of iron and iron can help you when there is a heavy menstrual flow ? Add spinach, kale, broccoli or your favourite greens to your diet while on your period as they tend to reduce the excess blood flow.
Ginger is widely known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It can soothe and calm your muscles during your period to lower the pain. It is also effective in reducing nausea and vomiting. But do not take more than 4gms of ginger per day as it can lead to heart burns and stomach aches. A warm cup of ginger tea can do the job perfectly!
It is very important to stay hydrated during your period. As you already suffer from nausea, fatigue and other PMS symptoms, not being hydrated can only add up to your symptoms list. Apart from drinking enough water, eat watermelon so that you can benefit from other nutrients as well. Watermelon is loaded with vitamins and can help improve your mood.
Eggs and chicken are a rich source of proteins. But as chicken takes longer time to digest, having eggs is the next best option. Eating enough protein can help you curb your hunger pangs and the healthy fats in eggs can keep you satiated. However, do not have eggs in a hard boiled form as they may lead to bloating and gas.
Yogurt is a probiotic rich food that contains healthy bacteria needed for your gut. Having yogurt on your period can help you fight any unwanted infections in your stomach. The high magnesium and calcium content are also beneficial to your body.
9. Vitamin C
Lemon, oranges and strawberries are vitamin C rich foods that can help you deal with nausea and bloating you face during your periods. It is absorbed into the bloodstream quickly and helps in alleviating the symptoms. A glass of lemon water, a strawberry smoothie with a hint of lemon or having an orange can be very much helpful during this time.
Herbal teas are known for their medicinal properties and chamomile especially, is known for its properties to reduce severe period cramps along with anxiety. It relaxes your nerves and muscles in your uterus as well as lowers the severity of your cramps. Have a cup of warm chamomile tea twice during your period for best results.
There are many other foods like nuts, quinoa, tofu, lentils, beans etc to fight your period pain. The food you eat during your period is the only thing that matters. Avoid having spicy foods, alcohol, sugars, salty foods and caffeine during this time as they can only provoke your discomfort.