22nd September 2015 | Author:
10 Foods to Help Your PMS Mood Swings
Periods. Women worldwide have suffered through “that time of the month” since the beginning of time. Whether you’re the emotional type, the cramper or the over-eater, here are some tips which could make your period a happier and more relaxing experience!
Food is very important to us during our period. Do you fantasize about scoffing chocolate, ice cream, and other junk food to make yourself feel better and satisfy possible cravings? Well, we hate to break it to you, but these foods are probably making your period worse!
As you may know, the high you get after eating sugary food is always followed by a crash, which can make you even more irritable! In addition, food with high salt content causes water retention which can make you feel extra bloated, so you may want to avoid these types of food from now on!
10 Beneficial Foods to Eat
High Fibre Veggies: Upping your intake of vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, carrots, sweet potato and brussel sprouts, can help to ease menstrual bloating. The high water content can help to remove any puffiness and excess gas. Say hello to reduced cramps, weight-loss and possibly higher energy levels!
Complex Carbs: Complex carbs like beans, popcorn, quinoa and fresh fruits can help to boost your energy levels and to regulate fluctuating hormones. These foods can help to boost the serotonin (feel-good hormones) levels in your body, moving you away from feeling grumpy and grizzly to grinning and great!
Omega-3: Studies indicate that Omega-3 and vitamin B-12 can help with painful period cramps. How? Well the fatty acids in Omega-3 can reduce inflammation which then decreases any menstrual cramps. Genius! Looking to stock up on Omega-3 and vitamin B-12? You can get them from TheHealthcounter.
Bananas: Did you know that lack of potassium in the body can make your muscles cramp? Bananas can stop that! Bananas are packed full of vitamin B6 and potassium – this combination can help to stop you from feeling bloated too.
Lean Meat: Lean beef, turkey and chicken are all a rich source of heme iron, which is known to be easily absorbed by the body. Forget about the fried chicken you may be craving, use a healthy method like baking, boiling or grilling your meat for better benefits.
Pumpkin Seeds: Due to the high magnesium content in these delicious little seeds, you can forget all about water retention and mood swings! As your period is coming to an end, your magnesium levels plummet (which is why you think you’re craving chocolate) – this can give you very bad headaches or migraines. So bake some pumpkin seeds and snack on them to pick up your magnesium levels as your period is ending.
Eggs: Vitamin B6 doesn’t just relieve mood swings, it also helps fight against exhaustion, cravings, bloating and water retention! Start your day off with a yummy omelette for a great start to your day J
Camomile Tea: This delicious tea contains very helpful properties which help to relieve muscle spasms. So when you feel the cramps coming, boil the kettle and settle down in a comfy chair with your handy camomile tea! This beverage is caffeine free and helps to reduce tension!
Low-Fat Yoghurt: Do your breasts become sore and tender before or during your period? According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, low-fat yoghurt can help to balance calcium levels helping you to deal with PMS symptoms! Low-fat yoghurt is also a yummy, naturally sweet alternative to the sugary substances you need to avoid, so keep a pot close by when the cravings hit!
Fish: Whilst being a rich source of Omega-3, Salmon and Mackerel are a great source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is critical in order for your body to absorb calcium. Studies suggest a rich vitamin D diet can reduce PMS symptoms by 40%.
Let’s face it, our periods aren’t going to just magically go away, so try to use the tips above to help you reduce PMS symptoms! Let us know below, which tips have helped you the best!