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Foods to avoid during menstrual period

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That time of the month is frustrating for women because they suffer from cramps and mood swings of varied degrees. Bloating and feeling heavy are common.  Like restrictions are imposed on physical activities, one should also know what to avoid eating during menstrual periods. Your diet matters a lot in bringing down the common discomforts while periods are on.

We pick out the foods that you should cut down during menstruation.

1.Avoid eating salty foods

You already feel bloated during periods and salts make it worse. Eating too much salty foods will cause water retention in your body. So avoid adding extra salt in your food and stay away from fast foods like pizzas, French fries as well as ready-to-cook, prepackaged and canned foods.

2.Cut down your daily cuppa of tea and coffee

It’s just a matter of few days and you can easily cut down foods containing caffeine.  Be it black tea, coffee, chocolates or energy drinks; control your cravings for them during this period. The reason is- caffeine aggravates menstrual cramps. It narrows down the blood vessels and raises tension inside, which further increases the cramps.

3.Control your sugar cravings

As per reports from University of Virginia Health System, “reducing intake of sugar during menstruation can to help alleviate pain, cramping, and other symptoms of dysmenorrheal”

So what you can do is- stop eating chocolates, desserts, sugary candies, cookies, cakes and even honey during periods. The reason behind why doctors suggest to reduce sugar intake is similar to that of caffeine, as explained in point 2.

4.Have foods low in saturated fatty acids

Trans fat and saturated fats play a major role in elevating prostaglandin levels in the body. This hormone is known to cause muscle cramps and its triggers contraction of the uterus muscles, thereby increasing the tension. Foods that belong to this category and should be avoided are red meat, high fat dairy products (butter, ghee, cheese, cream, etc.), deep fried foods (French fries, chicken fries), fast foods especially those prepared with white flour, refined grains, etc.

So what to eat during menstruation?

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Now that you know what to avoid during periods, side by side you should also know what would be conducive for your health in this phase.

  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, rich in vitamin C and iron.  Have lot of warm soups and buttermilk.
  • Substitute refined grains with whole grain products to suffice your carbohydrate need.
  • Include omega -3- fatty foods like salmon, flax seed, sunflower seed, almonds, walnuts, etc.
  • Drink lots of lukewarm water to get relief from cramping and to flush out toxins from the body.

Follow these food habits at least to save yourself from the cramps getting worse. However, remember that the “to avoid foods” are not preventive options for menstrual pain.


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