Ladies, it’s that time of the month again! For the next week your body is on a roller coaster ride fighting period pain, cramps, bloating, fatigue and mood swings. We understand that your menstrual woes can make it uncomfortable and stressful to live your daily life in peace.
So why not prepare your body to beat the troubles and fight the pain for a more comfortable and manageable period? Don’t let your monthly body cycle stop you from doing things that you love.
Your mood swings may force you to reach out sweets but remember that eating the wrong foods will only make it more difficult to cope.
Following certain lifestyle changes, starting with your diet can help counter muscle pain, blood loss and bloating making your period less painful and smooth. Here are some Diet Do’s and Don’ts to follow during your period.
1. Eat Well
Many women tend to skip or ignore meals while they are menstruating. This can be due to mood swings or fatigue. But, your body loses a lot of blood and this is the crucial time to keep it supplied with nutritious foods that will keep the energy levels boosted.
2. Drink plenty of water
Your body is retaining water because it is afraid of getting enough and most women completely forget to keep themselves hydrated during this time. Supplying yourself with plenty of water will help reduce bloating.
All you really want to do during the four days is lie on the couch and wait for the monthly cycle to get over. However, what your body needs is exactly the opposite. Doing some light exercises, like a short walk or yoga will actually keep a check on your mood swings and improve your state of mind. The endorphins released during exercise act as natural painkillers and keep stomach cramps at bay.
4. Eat iron-rich nourishments
As mentioned earlier, your menstrual cycle is making you lose a lot of blood and hence it is important to have iron-rich foods like dates, green leafy vegetables, figs and red meat. These foods also contain fibre to deal with any digestion issues you may face during your period.
5. Eat foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids
Fish is full of omega 3 fatty acids that will help you relieve painful cramps during your period. Prepare a nice roll or salad with Salmon and Tuna and you’ll find that your period is much more comfortable and less painful. Add some flax seeds to your salad for the extra dose of omega 3!
6.Have a diet with Complex Carbohydrates
You may feel that Whole grains, oats, cereals are already included in your daily diet but we mention them here because they are extremely helpful during menstruation. A meal that includes complex carbs will make you feel full and supply important nutrients to ease your period.
7.Don’t take caffeine
Some of you may be addicted to caffeine but it is definitely something to unfriend during your monthly cycle. Caffeine will increase the estrogen levels that cause water retention and mood swings. Try substituting caffeine and colas with green tea or peppermint tea that is rich in antioxidants!
8.Don’t eat too much salt
Eating too much salt enhances water retention and bloating and hence it is advised to follow a natural-food diet during your menstrual cycle. Avoid packaged foods like chips, fast food, fried food and canned food that have high amount of salt.
9.Dark Chocolate vs. Sugary foods
We understand your mood swings and sugar cravings especially during those 5 unfriendly days. Having a piece of dark chocolate is proven to increase serotonin and uplift your mood as well as take care of your sugar cravings. Avoid sugary and greasy foods like cakes, pastries and colas that will do no good but make you feel more fatigued.
10.Fruits and Nuts
Instead of binging on artificial sugars why not take the natural route to do justice to your sweet tooth? Fruits like apples, apricots, plums, berries and watermelon are rich in vitamins and natural sugars that will keep a check on your sugar cravings! Bananas are rich in magnesium and potassium and are extremely helpful if taken along with breakfast. Nuts are your little substitute friends for munchies that can fill up your tummy and supply important nutrients to ease your period.
We know that every woman’s body functions in a different way but following these simple tips can well ensure that you’re more comfortable when your monthly friend arrives!