Foods to Eat (and Avoid) on Your Period
You can eat your way to clear skin, healthy hair, a better memory, and even a happier you. Food really is medicine. But is it better than Midol? Perhaps, if you're using—er, eating—it the right way. But on the other hand, there are several foods you'll want to steer completely clear of when your monthly bill comes in. While it may be tempting to reach for a can of soda or a piece of fried chicken to comfort your raging hormones, you're actually doing a ton of harm both internally and externally (like even more period pain. No thanks). Scroll through to learn the best foods to add to your grocery list and which foods you should avoid during your period.
Sugary, carbonated drinks like soda contribute to bloating. Stick to water instead. Upping your water intake will actually ease water retention and bloating. Just make sure it's not sparkling water.
Consuming calcium reduces feelings of depression and anxiety. Vitamin D regulates the enzyme that converts tryptophan into serotonin, the neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood. Together, calcium and vitamin D ward off PMS symptoms. High levels of calcium can also ease cramps, aches, and pains, acting as a muscle relaxant. Find the winning combo in citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, and leafy greens like the ones mentioned above.
A banana is one of the best mood-boosting foods you can eat, thanks to its high dose of vitamin B6. They're rich in potassium and magnesium, too, which can reduce water retention and bloating. They also help regulate your digestive system, which some women struggle with around this time of the month.
Do you crave salty or sweet foods during your period? Comment below!
This post was originally published on April 27, 2016.