Foods you should avoid during your period

We know that the very situation when your period starts is traumatic enough and that the least you want is to abstain from certain foods, the fact is that certain foods and combinations of them can make us feel much, much worse.

Foods you should avoid during your period

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What's more, if we stay away from certain foods, we can alleviate and even prevent some of the pain. We highlight a few things that should be cut down during your period in order for you to feel better and have fewer cramps, writes Beauty & Health.

Processed food

Yes, unfortunately, leave those snacks that you have prepared in the cupboard just for a few more days. Foods rich in preservatives, chemicals, unhealthy fats, and added sugars are associated with inflammatory processes in the intestines. And those snacks will bring you bloating, fatigue, stomach pains, but also a bad mood in general. Rather, take hazelnuts or similar nuts that have an anti-inflammatory effect and help suppress menstrual symptoms.

Foods rich in sugar

Pastries, sweets, sodas, and sports drinks are full of added and refined sugars, which makes them rich in simple carbohydrates, which lack fiber. Consumption of simple carbohydrates leads to extreme fluctuations in blood glucose levels, which then leads to inflammation and can further affect mood swings. These foods should be avoided anyway, but we still know that they are often at the very top of the list when PMS comes. Regardless, it is best to stick to foods with a low glycemic index, such as berries and starch-free vegetables, in combination with healthy fats and proteins such as avocados, plain yogurt, or salmon.

Salty food

"Well, I mean, what should I eat then ?!" That's how we reacted briefly when we compiled this list. Still, try to replace french fries or salty chips with a homemade version, or make a crunchy sweet potato!

Coffee

This was difficult for us, but when the fatigue that many of us experience during the period leads us to seek energy stimulation from coffee, it can actually contribute to greater discomfort: caffeine is a powerful vasoconstrictor, which means it constricts blood vessels that supply the uterus. Together with increased uterine contractions, it can contribute to more painful cramps. On those days, look for an alternative in the form of teas or matcha. Matcha also contains a high content of antioxidants and a little honey - you will have a fulfilled desire for sweets, and you will not reach for processed alternatives.

By: Sarah R.