On Your Period? The Foods to Eat (and Avoid)
You can eat your way to clear skin, healthy hair, a better memory, and even a happier you. Food really is medicine. But is it better than Nurofen? Perhaps, if you're using—er, eating—it the right way. Scroll through to learn the best foods to add to your grocery list and which foods you should avoid during your period.
Consuming calcium reduces feelings of depression and anxiety. Vitamin D regulates the enzyme that converts tryptophan into serotonin, the neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood. Together, calcium and vitamin D ward off PMS symptoms. High levels of calcium can also ease cramps, aches, and pains, acting as a muscle relaxant. Find the winning combo in citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, and leafy greens like the ones mentioned above.
A bananas is one of the best mood-boosting foods you can eat, thanks to its high dose of vitamin B6. They're rich in potassium and magnesium, too, which can reduce water retention and bloating. They also help regulate your digestive system, which some women struggle with around this time of the month.
Dark chocolate is a good source of magnesium, which not only tempers moods swings, but also helps regulate serotonin—the happy hormone. To get the serotonin boost, stick with chocolate that's 60% cacao or higher. Try one of our favourites Green & Black's Organic Dark Chocolate 85 Percent Cocoa Pack of 5 (£8)
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