one: Sugary foods
Giving in to cravings for sweet, sugary foods can make you feel more anxious and stressed. Also, while sugary foods can give you a quick rush of energy, once your body burns through it, your blood sugar levels drop rapidly. This leaves you feeling even worse than before. Besides affecting your mood, it can also increase water retention.
Avoid sugary foods such as:
- Soft drinks
- Any foods that contain refined sugar
Instead of refined sugar, use honey as a sweetener or eat fresh fruit to satisfy the sugar cravings.
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two: Refined foods
The best foods to eat during your period should be fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Many processed and refined foods contain hidden sugars that compound your problem of fatigue or mood swings. Plus, there’s added salt, chemicals, and artificial flavouring to enhance the look and taste of the food. Which is why you should avoid foods such as:
- Packaged foods like potato chips, pretzels, or other snacks
- Low fiber cereal
A cup of coffee or tea may get you get through the exhaustion and lethargy of a long day during your period. Unfortunately, on the other, caffeine can also elevate tension and anxiety and cause mood swings by raising levels of the stress hormone cortisol. It can also interfere with a much needed sleep. Here are foods that contain caffeine you should go easy on:
- Caffeinated drinks/energy drinks
- Candy that contains caffeine like coffee-flavoured sweets
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Alcohol may seem to take the edge off period pain and anxiety, but you’ll eventually end up feeling worse. It could cause your menstrual cramps to last longer. Alcohol may even deprive you of a good night’s rest by disrupting sleep in the second half of the night, as one study found.
five: Fatty and fried foods
Consuming too much fatty foods can cause inflammation in the body. Keep off of the following during your period – however tempted you are!
- Deep fried food like onions rings and doughnuts
- Commercially baked goods
- Fast food
- Fatty red meat
- Any foods that contain hydrogenated vegetable oil or hard margarine
Switch to inflammation-fighting, omega-3-rich fatty fish and feel better.
six: Salty foods
Too much of salt in your body can throw off the fluid balance, leading to swelling, higher blood pressure, and that dreaded bloat. Avoid the following:
- Salty snacks and packaged snacks like salted nuts
- Smoked/canned meats
- Canned foods
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