I’m not one of those who has bad menstrual cramps during that time of the month. However, bloating and mood swings are the two things that wreak havoc during those few days every month. To help control these things, I did a little research. It’s amazing how the foods you consume can really affect you.
1. AVOID REFINED SUGARS
Stay clear of refined sugars as they cause spikes which crash your blood sugar leaving you lethargic and cranky. Limit your intake of cakes, candy bars, sweet breakfast cereals, and white flour which your body quickly converts to sugar.
2. LIMIT YOUR INTAKE OF FRIED AND SALTY FOODS
Deep fried foods and foods high in fat increase estrogen levels. Keeping estrogen levels stable will help reduce cramps and pain.
3. DRINK LOTS OF WATER
It’s always a good idea to drink water, but especially during that time of the month. It helps release water retention and alleviate bloating.
4. AVOID DAIRY
Dairy products contain arachadonic acids, which may increase the production of prostaglandins. As prostaglandins are released into the body, it can cause the uterus to go into spasms. Salmon, flax seed, and walnuts can actually help alleviate cramping.
5. EAT DARK CHOCOLATE
What?? Didn’t I say to avoid sugar? Dark chocolate (60% and above) can actually help improve your mood. Incredibly happy about that seeing as it’s the one thing I consistently crave during that time of the month.
6. EAT YOUR FRUITS AND VEGGIES
I guess this is a no brainer because we need to always be eating our fruits and veggies. It’s especially true during that time of the month!
How do you handle the discomfort during that time of the month?
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Disclaimer: I don’t prove to be an expert on this topic. This info has only come from my own experiences and as I’ve researched. You might even find differing opinions on some of the info I’ve posted.