If you're one of the unlucky ones who's period is generally a hellish, grotesque and all-around-awful week of your life, then hiiiya nice to meet ya 'cos same.
First of all, we're known to exaggerate - so if your period really IS that awful, maybe read this first about really severe periods and then go see your doctor.
But you know, if it's not like actual HELL but really isn't pleasant all the same - then there are some things you can do to make it a little less of a bitch, by simply eating (and avoiding) certain foods around that time of the month.
Foods to avoid
There are loads of foods (good and bad for ya) that can cause bloating on the best of days - so avoiding these around the time of your period is generally a good idea, because everyone knows period = major bloat.
- Fizzy drinks
- Processed, sugary and high-fatty foods
- Beans (baked, kidney and all the other kinds)
Foods to eat
Good news is, by eating other types of foods around your period can dramatically reduce painful bloating, stabilize your iron levels (which will make you feel more energized and awake) and basically make you feel a lot less shit by adding in extra vitamins and happy hormones.
(not Dairy Milk, you want the 70% good stuff) releases serotonin in the body, aka the happy hormone, lifting your mood while you're on your period.
The vitamin B6, potassium and magnesium in bananas help to reduce bloat. Hooraaay.
The fatty acids in salmon, avocados and walnuts can actually help to relieve muscle tension and period pain. Holla.
(and other dark green veggies like spinach and broccoli) help to up your iron levels, that can go down when you mensturate, leaving you feel tired and sluggish.
The combination of vitamin D and calcium in oranges can fight off depression and general low-mood, AND elevate muscle cramps.
HOORAY FOR ALL THE FOOD