7 Great Foods That Could Ease Your Period Discomfort

Isn’t it annoying when it’s that time of the month and you’re dealing with cramps and mood swings? While there are tons of natural remedies out there you could try for relief, what better way to feel great when you’re in pain than food. Many foods have been found to ease the discomfort experienced during menstrual periods because they’re abundant in nutrients.

Try these 7 great foods, and you might feel relief from those uncomfortable premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms.

7 Foods For Relief During Your Period

1. Green, Leafy Vegetables

 Green, Leafy Vegetables Give Calcium, Which Eases Period Pain

When you lose blood during your period, you lose a lot of iron from your body. Eating green, leafy vegetables like spinach and kale is said to increase your iron levels. Not just that, eating kale, which is abundant in calcium, is great for easing your period pain.12 So, munch on some of these green, leafy veggies and feel a world of difference during that time of the month!

2. Chocolate

Chocolate Is Great For Mood Swings During Your Period

Who knew chocolate would be on this list, right? Chocolate can actually be quite helpful when you’re feeling your worst during your period. However, remember that it’s not rich, milk chocolate that you should reach for. Dark chocolate and the kind with the most cocoa (over 70%) is what will actually help you. Choose organic dark chocolates over processed ones with excess sugar. Although short lived, eating dark chocolate releases serotonin, which lifts your spirit and mood.3 Dark chocolate also contains antioxidants, which are said to relax your muscles.4

3. Fish And Fish Oil

 Fish And Fish Oil Are Great For Relieving Menstrual Pain

Eating fish, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, is said to reduce the levels of hormone-like compounds called prostaglandins in the body, which have often been associated with pain.5 Not just that, fish oil has also been found to be quite effective for relieving menstrual pain. You could take it in the form of fish oil capsules.6

4. Ginger

Ginger May Ease Nausea During Your Period

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Ginger has been found to be great for easing severe menstrual cramps.7 Make ginger tea by simply adding thin slices of ginger and a teaspoon of honey or lemon to hot water and drink it. Ginger tea is also said to be great for nausea and bloating.

5. Almonds

Vitamin E In Almonds Helps Mood Swings

These nuts are rich in calcium and vitamin E, both of which are important to keep you healthy, especially during your period.8 Almonds are also rich in magnesium, which has been found to be effective to reduce mood swings during menstrual periods.9

6. Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds Relieve Period Cramps

Eating a handful of pumpkin seeds could make you feel better when you’re out of sorts during your period. These seeds are abundant in zinc, which is said to relieve cramps, and vitamin E, which is said to help reduce inflammation.10

7. Banana

Banana Is Great For Digestive Discomfort During Periods

If you’re experiencing digestive discomfort during your period, eat some bananas. They’re said to be great for reducing water retention and bloating. Bananas are also known to be rich in potassium, which could ease muscle cramping.

Eat these foods and you’re likely to heave a sigh of relief during your period.

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