On average, a woman will have 450 periods in her lifetime. At the same time, she’s likely also bombarded with an onslaught of well-meant advice as to what she should or shouldn’t be eating in the name of everything from weight-loss to wellness. But if, like many, your period makes you feel less than stellar, equipping yourself with this nutritional knowledge might just help.
It is vital to consider your diet while you are on your period.Some foods could be making matters worse, whilst others may be preferable as they contain many of the vital nutrients that we are most likely lacking. It is natural for some women to crave for foods that should be avoided when they are menstruating.
While all foods are OK in moderation, you might want to avoid certain foods that worsen the symptoms of your period.
You should try to avoid these foods.
Salty foods should be avoided during your period because consuming lots of salt can make the bloating and water retention in your body even worse.
It is important to manage your refined sugar intake not only because it can make you gain weight, but it can also disrupt your body's blood sugar levels. Eating sugary foods will cause your blood sugar levels to go up and the higher your blood sugar goes, the more sever your period symptoms may be.
Many people find that spicy foods upset their stomachs, giving them diarrhea, stomach pain, and even nausea. If your stomach struggles to tolerate spicy foods or if you're not used to eating them, it might be best to avoid during your period.Then eating spicy dishes will only add gas and bloating to your list of ailments.
Your hormones can get terribly messed up. Regular alcohol consumption as well as consumption during periods can cause hormonal fluctuations (especially estrogen, progesterone,and testosterone). “This can lead to irregular ovulation and periods and lead to difficulties in conceiving too,” Banerjee warns.
Fatty foods increases the number of prostaglandins in your body and can make your uterus contract. The contraction of the uterus will increase the cramping and will make you uncomfortable. Even fatty meats should be avoided during the period due to saturated fats which can worsen period pains.
Fried foods can actually cause inflamation which may be linked to increased pain during your period, according to a study by the Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Thankfully, you can reduce your painful period cramps by opting for a snack free of grease.
Foods You Can't Tolerate
During your period, it's especially important to avoid the foods that can trigger issues in your body. Eating these foods can cause nausea, constipation, or diarrhea, which will only add to your discomfort when you're having a painful period. Such foods are soy,wheat,egg,nut,corn,etc.
You should really avoid these foods when on your period.
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