By Kadisha Kentish
The way you eat affects your period. You might think the food you eat before your period doesn’t matter, but it does. What you eat both the week before and during your period sets the tone for your period. Food affects your cramps, irritability, your mood, iron/vitamin levels and the regularity of your menstrual cycle.
Before Your Period:
Avoid sugar and processed foods. These can cause blood sugar fluctuations and make you irritable.
Drink lots of water.
To maintain the regularity of your period avoid greasy/oily foods.
Stay away from salt. The overconsumption of salt impairs the function of your blood vessels and kidneys. This can cause headaches and irritability.
During Your Period:
Your body loses a lot of iron during your period. To replace the iron you lose eat iron rich foods such as spinach, kale, collard greens, red meat, eggs, raisins, turkey, lentils, chickpeas, soybeans, and artichokes.
Omega-3 fatty acid helps relax your muscles and steady your nerves, i.e. it’ll help with cramps and crankiness. Foods rich with Omega-3 fatty acid includes: salmon, walnuts, and avocados.
Find the highest percent of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is rich with antioxidants which reduces mood swings and helps regulate serotonin levels.
Whole grains are a great source of magnesium and Vitamins B & E which reduce muscle tension, combat fatigue, and depression.
Calcium reduces PMS and relaxes your muscles. Calcium rich foods are: yogurt, broccoli, kale, and almonds.