Menstruation brings about a number of unpleasant symptoms such as cramps, mood blues, bloating etc. Not many know but these menstruation symptoms are influenced by the food you eat. In order to keep a check on them and get through your periods with the least amount of pain, avoid the following foods.
Caffeine: Caffeine is a stimulant and can worsen mood blues, menstrual pains and can also disrupt sleep. It is recommended that you control your caffeine intake or avoid it completely during menstruation. Caffeine rich foods include coffee, tea, energy drinks and chocolates.
Fatty meat: The fats found in meat are saturated and can influence and worsen pain and inflammation during menstruation. If you can’t avoid meat completely, make sure you only consume lean meat and not the fatty kind.
Snacks and chips: Although snacks and chips may seem like the perfect comfort food, avoid them during your menstruation days. These snacks contain sodium, which can cause bloating and discomfort. Instead, opt for healthy snacks like salt-free nuts and seeds or even fruits.
Sugar: Sugary foods also seem like the ideal comfort food. But sugary foods like candy, cookies or cakes only cause a temporary mood elevation and can soon cause a crash in your mood. Apart from that sugary foods can also worsen cramps. If you need to munch on something sweet, try fruits like melon or mango.
Alcohol: Avoid alcohol completely during menstruation as it causes the blood to thin out, thereby increasing your flow. Alcohol also increase other PMS symptoms like cramps and pain.