Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Foods to eat for girls in Period (Menstruation)

Check out the list of foods to eat during menstruation that will help you feel better at that time of the month.

Menstruation, period or that time of the month whatever you call; it is a natural and normal part of life for females. It’s the time, when they feel tired, irritable and fatigued. It even causes bothersome symptoms like depressive moods, painful cramps, breast tenderness, headache, digestive problems and bloating. Many women suffer from discomfort and intense pain during menstruation, which interrupt their daily activities. The best way to prevent or minimize these bothersome symptoms is by eating a healthy diet and avoiding certain types of foods. Here is a list of foods that you should eat during menstruation.

girl suffering from cramp during period

Foods to Eat During Menstruation

Complex Carbohydrates

During menstruation, you should include fruits, vegetables and whole foods in your daily diet. They are loaded with complex carbohydrates, which alleviate sugar cravings as well as decrease water retention in the body. You can eat carrots, oranges, tomatoes, apricots, whole wheat bread, plums, black beans pears, artichokes, Lima beans, corn and cucumbers.

Dark Chocolate

Chocolates are loved by everyone. So, including chocolate in your daily diet is very helpful in period. But, make sure to include dark chocolates or chocolates with more than 70% cocoa. Dark chocolates are full of antioxidants that increase serotonin. Serotonin is a feel good chemical, which lifts up your mood and helps you prevent mood swings.

Fatty acids

Cramps are very common problem in period. To deal with it, add foods that rich in Fatty acids (flaxseed, salmon, walnuts, sunflower seeds, tuna etc.) in your diet. Fatty acids reduce the effect of Prostaglandins that causes pain and provide relief from pain.


During periods, a lot of iron is lost due to bleeding. So, iron rich diet is very necessary to compensate for the loss of iron. The diet also helps you to fight against fatigue, malaise and weakness experienced in periods. Eat leafy vegetables such as spinach, chard, kale, etc. You must eat them in moderation as they cause bloating. Also eat legumes, dates and red meat.

Avoid Caffeine

You should stay away from caffeine containing foods like coffee, colas, black and green teas, candy bars, confectionaries, soft drinks and energy drinks. Caffeine increases the stomach acid and makes menstrual cramping worse.


You should eat vitamin rich diet during menstruation. Vitamin E rich foods (avocado, hemp seeds, almonds, wheat germ, eggs, etc.) help to reduce the symptoms of PMS; Vitamin B6 rich foods (pistachios, raw garlic, fish, sunflower and sesame seeds, oatmeal, etc.) help in releasing serotonin that decreases the effects of depression and improves mood while Vitamin C rich foods (oranges, raspberries, grapefruit, strawberries, zucchini, asparagus, tomatoes, etc.) make immune system strong.

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