Although each of us is different, when our period arrives, pain often makes us feel worse. At the same time, we feel like burying ourselves under a blanket with a chocolate bar or other snacks. Is this a good choice? We have checked which products to eat and drink and which ones to stay away from. Check it out for yourself and try our tips!
Menstruation diet – which foods to eat?
Balanced, varied and rich in nutrients diet should be our priority every day, especially during menstruation. In this way, we will provide the body with valuable food while reducing pain. There is no rule during menstruation – sometimes the abdomen can really hurt, other times we can barely feel the cramps. Pay attention to eat foods rich in vitamin C, vitamin D, as well as iron, fiber, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K and B vitamins. These ingredients will help to cope with the ailments. Let’s bet on easily digestible meals, in order not to burden the body even more, not to expose ourselves to indigestion, and not to make ourselves feel worse.
The menu should therefore include seafood, fatty sea fish, turkey, red meat and meat offal, as well as pumpkin seeds, grains, flaxseeds, almonds and nuts. As far as vegetables are concerned, we should reach for spinach, broccoli, leguminous plants, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, beet, carrots and yams. You can’t miss fruits, of course, especially:
- green apples,
- dried apricots.
Of sweets, it is best to choose dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa content.
It is better to avoid these ingredients
Sweets and desserts, except dark chocolate, do not have a good effect on our body during menstruation. Rising insulin levels can interfere with other hormones. Also, avoid highly processed foods, fast food and salty snacks. In addition, limit your intake of carbohydrates found in bread (especially white bread), pasta and groats for a few days. Fried foods, vegetable oils (soybean and sunflower), dairy products and low-quality meat products are also not recommended.
What to drink during the period and what is better to give up?
Menstruation is also a time when you should drink as much water as possible, even three liters a day. Thanks to water the cramps will not be so painful and annoying. You can partially replace it with camomile tea or ginger infusion.
Tea, coffee, fruit juices and of course fizzy drinks and alcohol are not recommended. There is a risk of dehydration through them, which is not welcome in this condition. Alternatively, you can allow yourself a glass of red wine, which has a relaxing effect on the smooth muscles.
Contrary to appearances, it is not always necessary to reach for painkillers or diastolic tablets. Diet and nutrition alone have a significant impact on the condition of our body – including during menstruation.
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