There are a lot of misconceptions about how to take care of yourselves when it’s " that time of the month ". Eating right is extremely important while you are menstruating, as food can regulate the levels of hormones in the body, ensuring the right amount of flow. It’s also difficult to eat healthy during these five days as period hormones make you crave things you really shouldn’t be having. What SHOULD you be having? You don’t need to worry too much about these cravings and eating unhealthy food, as you can achieve the perfect diet by making minor adjustments to what you eat. There are certain foods that will ensure that you remain on your diet schedule and never miss a day of eating healthy. These foods also ensure that your body gets its supply of nutrients that are important for keeping you hearty and healthy and maintaining optimum energy levels.
FOODS TO TAKE DURING PERIODS:
Here are the best period foods which will help you get through the painful days of the month with relative ease.
Leafy Green Vegetables:
Leafy green vegetables have plenty of iron, which you need the most because you lost blood during menstruation. Vegetables like spinach and kale should be consumed during menstruation as they bring the iron reserves back to optimum levels. Ingest plenty of green leafy salads, or add them as sides to your chicken or fish dishes to increase the nutrition value of these dishes.
Fish like salmon and tuna are a source of protein as they are low in calories and the fats that they do have is beneficial to the body. Salmon is also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which relax muscles reducing pain from menstrual cramps. As this is the winter season so, you can eat fish to keep your body warm along with to regulate the menstrual cycle, but if you are not into sea food, you can consume avocados or walnuts, which are also packed with Omega-3.
Bananas are rich sources of potassium and contain Vitamin B6 among other vitamins which a re capable of enhancing your mood. Munching on bananas can normalize bowel movement, leaving you feeling stress free about at least one thing. For better results blend some bananas along with milk to make a delicious smoothie and gulp it down.
Full fat yogurt is a great source of calcium, which helps to reduce Pre-Menstrual Syndrome and also relaxes your muscles. So be sure to get some yogurt when on your periods. You can make a quick yogurt bowl for breakfast or eat it with lunch. You can also opt for yummy frozen yogurt with berries but be careful not to add too much sugary syrup or other sugary ingredients in your frozen yogurt.
It’s important to gradually add these foods to your diet to not overwhelm yourself with keeping a balanced diet, and to ease period pain. If you maintain this daily intake before and during your period, you have a good chance of lessening both pain and discomfort.