I don’t think I’m breaking any new ground here when I say that PMS can be a real bitch! If you are someone who suffers greatly with things like mood swings thanks to the delicate times in your menstrual cycle, then you will be more than familiar with the concept of comfort eating. We tend to turn to comforting foods to make us feel better when we are experiencing PMS, but unfortunately, a lot of the most popular choices are unhealthy junk! Ice cream might make you feel better in the moment, but all those extra calories won’t make you feel good in the long run! Instead, here are the best foods for PMS and more importantly, they are foods that are considered to be healthier than ice cream!
Any kind of fatty fish is perfect because it contains lots of PMS fighting nutrients. Salmon, in particular, is great because of its high Vitamin D levels, known to be able to ease feelings of depression and symptoms of inflammation. This will help to alleviate cramp pains.
Just like salmon, eggs offer a lot of Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, along with protein which contains something called tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin which can help to really stabilise your mood.
You should be filling up on collards, spinach, and kale during your PMS days. They are full of magnesium which supports brain health, as well as helping to moderate cramps and sleeping cycles to make sure that you get the best rest possible.
Nuts are great for regulating your digestion, and during menstrual issues this is something that can help to prevent stomach problems. The monounsaturated fat content can also provide some soothing relief from inflammation in the body.
Ginger is really good for soothing an upset stomach because the medicinal properties of the root both promote good digestion and have strong anti-inflammatory properties. You can chop it up and add to a stir fry to get the benefits!
Chocolate and periods go together, and in this case it should really be dark chocolate! Its high magnesium content can help things like headaches and cramps, and its antioxidant levels will reduce inflammation.
Beets are loaded with potassium which can do things like relieve bloating and calm cramps. And off course, the antioxidants will be a great help in terms of anti-inflammation.