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Best foods to eat while on your period
Health & Fitness
Do eat complex carbohydrates "Fruits, vegetables and whole foods are your friends always, but especially during menstruation. The fruit from sugar may help alleviate sugar cravings," explains health and fitness consultant Tari Rose. Try adding apricots, oranges, plums, pears, cucumbers, artichokes,
Don't drink caffeine Cutting back on caffeine intake can help reduce bloating and calm an irritable stomach. "Caffeine can increase stomach acid and be rough on sensitive intestines. If you want a rich-tasting coffee substitute, try my traditional Indian chai," professional chef Jennifer Iserloh.
Do eat calcium-rich foods According to certified holistic health counselor and nutritionist Latham Thomas, women need at least 1,200 mg of calcium every day. "Some good sources of calcium include kale, collard greens, broccoli and yogurt."
Don't eat too much salt Though salt is crucial to good health, bloating and water retention can occur if you overdo it. The best way to control salt intake is to avoid processed and fast foods, many of which contain three to four times the salt you should have in one meal.
Do indulge in dark chocolate Eyeing that chocolate bar? It's OK -- give in! Having a piece of dark chocolate (with 60 percent or higher cacao bean) every day during your period will help soothe cravings. Plus, dark chocolate has helpful antioxidants and can help improve mood.
Don't skip the water This one may not feel intuitive, but Rose explains that drinking more water will help your body release water retention and alleviate bloating. "Your body is retaining water because it's afraid of not getting enough. So give it what it needs.
Do eat magnesium-rich foods "Foods rich in magnesium like beans, tofu and peanuts are thought to reduce bloating in menstruating women," Thomas says.
Dont forget your vitamins Vitamin E can help eliminate some PMS symptoms. Vitamin B6 can help relieve bloating and boost your mood; find it in potatoes, bananas and oatmeal. Lastly, vitamin C and zinc support the health of a woman's eggs and reproductive system.
Do not eat spicy food Spicy food increases blood circulation which cause more blood flow. So unless you want more blood coming out, don't eat spicy foods.