What You Should And Shouldn’t Eat When You’re On Your Period
It’s never easy when that time of the month comes around. Apart from having your uterus lining shedding from your body, girls struggle with various symptoms from menstrual cramps, headaches, bloating, nausea, diarrhoea, and even mood swings (no, it’s not made up).
Thankfully, there are some foods that are known to ease these period problems, such as:
A warm cup of ginger tea works wonders when you’re on your period because ginger is packed with anti-inflammatory effects, which helps to soothe achy muscles. Some studies also found that ginger helps with reducing nausea and vomiting.
Just remember to consume it in moderation though because taking more than 4g of ginger in a day may cause heartburn and stomach aches instead.
2. Dark chocolate
There’s a reason why girls seem to crave chocolate when they’re on their periods and this may be because the magnesium found in dark chocolate helps to reduce the severity of PMS symptoms, so don’t worry ladies, keep munching on that chocolate bar, it’s fine!
Some people might struggle with yeast infection during or after their period, and while it’s nothing to be embarrassed about, you can try consuming foods that are rich in probiotics, like yogurt and kombucha, as these could help to nourish the “good” bacteria in your vagina and help you fight infections.
On the other hand, one should also watch out for these foods when they’re on their period to avoid worsening any conditions:
As difficult as this may be for all the coffee lovers out there, one should limit their caffeine intake when they’re on their period as caffeine is known to cause water retention, bloating and even worsen headaches.
And if you already struggle with diarrhoea during your period, then definitely reduce your coffee consumption because coffee might cause digestive issues.
Alcohol should definitely be a big no-no on the diet list when you’re on your period as it can dehydrate your body, which leads to worsened headaches and bloating. Alcohol also leads to digestive issues, such as diarrhea and nausea, which are definitely the last thing you’d need during your period.
3. Spicy food
This is pretty much a given because most people already find spicy foods upsetting on your stomach on a normal day, what more when you’re menstruating. So the best tip is to avoid or at least limit your intake of spicy food during your period, unless you plan to suffer from more diarrhoea, stomach pain and nausea.