We all are traumatised by this difficult phase that comes to say hello! every month. Periods – ain’t a fun thing to handle. 🙈But as they say there’s a potion for just about every symptom and there’s also plenty of healing power in the food we eat.
Don’t we always have the temptation of munching on some chocolates and snacking chips when you have your period coming. After all, this is what comforts us when we are already dealing with so many things like anxiety, cramps, grumpiness and all are muscles feel sore. Eating ‘comfort foods’ may provide you some temporarily relief; but treating your body right with essential vitamins and nutrients is a must. Here is the list of Food for the Perfect mood during Periods.
Studies have shown that increasing your intake of calcium and Vitamin D are proven helpful to reduce symptoms of PMS. Have some Yoghurt (preferable flavoured), which is a hearty source of calcium. Yoghurt has lactic acid and good bacteria which ensures a healthy gut and eliminates any digestion troubles to calm your tummy nerves during that phase.
Did you know Bananas are high in potassium that helps regulate blood pressure and sends oxygen to your brain, boosting your mood. Whoaa!!
Guess what? It also has essential Vitamin B6 elements that ease down bloating and relaxes your sore muscles. All in all, bananas are a powerful source of uplifting your grumpy mood.
Need a little perk me up during periods? Try Dark Chocolate! 🍫
I know Sugar is a big no-no to binge on during your periods; but dark chocolate has very little sugar. It, infact is, high in antioxidants and magnesium to help ease up cramps and mood swings. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, otherwise known as “happy hormones” that keep you calm and cheerful. Just remember: the darker the better!
Did you know a delicious Oats breakfast can do wonders! Oats have magnesium and B vitamins that boosts your energy levels, helps you sleep good, prevents moodiness and fights off tiredness.
You can customise your oats by adding blueberries, strawberries and nuts.
Broccoli’s are a great source of fibre, vitamin B6, vitamin E and magnesium all of which are useful nutrients to help you beat PMS and regulate your digestion. Its has 91% water helps eliminate bloating while getting rid of puffiness, gas, and fatigue.
Having whole grain foods as brown rice, quinoa, brown bread help alleviate menstrual pain. Since these are good sources of magnesium, it reduces muscle tension and eases off tummy cramps. The best thing about whole grains is that they are full of fibre, so they keep you feeling fuller longer as well as aid healthy bowel movements.
Milk with a pinch of Turmeric soothes your muscles and relaxes your body. It is also helpful in regulating menstruation and balancing hormones. Have it before you sleep as this ensures a good night’s sleep.
🌼Stay away from salt and salty foods as these can cause bloating and water retention.
🌼Mild walks surely lightens up your body but avoid heavy workouts.
🌼Try heating pad or a hot water bottle over the parts that ache for relief.
🌼Step away from junk food and add these nutritious ingredients to your shopping list.
I hope my list of healthy comfort foods will help your menstrual cramps ease off. Let me know if there’s anything you want to add on.