6 Foods That Make PMS Even More Unbearable

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May 16, 2019 14:59 By Fabiosa

During menstruation, we often experience certain changes. Some women are faced with a lack of appetite, while others, on the contrary, can’t conquer the insatiable hunger.

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Not only the amount of food, but also the products themselves have a drastic impact on our well-being during menstruation. Which of them should be excluded from your diet during periods?

6 foods that make critical days even more unbearable

1. Coffee

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Caffeine contributes to the narrowing of blood vessels, including those that "feed" the uterus. As a result, it can cause more intense menstrual cramps.

2. Spicy foods

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It can cause bloating, which will aggravate discomfort during menstruation. If you still don’t want to give up spicy dishes, give preference to organic spices – coriander, saffron, or cardamom.

3. Candies and other high sugar foods

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It is better to replace your favorite delicacies with fruit during these days. Candies, donuts, pastries, and other sweets can also cause bloating.

4. Salty foods

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Chips, french fries, and other foods high in sodium (salt) cause fluid retention in the body and, as a result, swelling that won’t benefit your well-being.

5. Fatty foods

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Foods high in fat can cause flatulence and breast sensitivity during these days.

6. Dairy products

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During menstruation, it is better to exclude milk, cheese, and yogurts from your diet. These products that contain saturated fats can aggravate menstrual pain.

How to overcome appetite changes

If you want to deal with this problem, you should take a few steps:

  • drink plenty of water;
  • add cinnamon to drinks;

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  • exercise;
  • there is no need to stick to any diets before and after menstruation – treat yourself to the usual portion size and avoid products that aggravate your condition;
  • satisfy your hunger with healthy snacks, such as fruit or nuts.

Periods aren’t the most pleasant thing in a woman’s life, but we can make them less painful and exhausting with proper nutrition and correct lifestyle choices.


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