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Eating and PMS

Premenstrual syndrome, commonly known as PMS, is a widely-known cluster of symptoms that women experience around two weeks before their menstrual cycle. These can vary from one woman to another in their intensity, frequency, and duration. These symptoms can either be physiological in nature or psychological.

Some physiological symptoms of PMS are–

  • Lower back ache
  • Cramps in the lower abdomen and legs
  • Pain in the legs
  • Headaches
  • Acne

Some Psychological Symptoms of PMS are –

  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Stress
  • Lack of interest in pleasurable activities
  • Loss of sleep
  • Extreme emotional sensitivity

In spite of such diversity in the possible symptoms, PMS is distracting, annoying, and sometimes painful for all women alike. However, certain small tricks and tips might help you sail through these days with a little less discomfort. You can start with what to eat during periods even before they begin, to provide your body with adequate nutrients and the strength that it requires. This will in turn make your body stronger and well-equipped to tackle the symptoms of PMS with minimum effort. 

Leafy green vegetables

They’re rich in iron and B vitamins, plus their high fiber count also can help with digestive issues.

Nuts

Foods that are rich in good fats or omega-3s do a body good and are much more filling than chips.

Whole grains

Fiber is another way to help you stay regular during your period - plus when you get enough fiber, it helps combat bloat (another symptom of PMS).

Red meats

Increasing your iron intake during your period can help make up for what’s lost each month.

Fresh fruits

Another great way to power up your digestive system and strengthen your immune system is with antioxidants.

Food is a primary source of energy for our bodies to maintain its health and well-being. During periods, your body is already under a lot of pressure and stress, and is using up large amounts of stored energy. If you are well-acquainted with your own body and its needs during periods, and along with it are aware of what to eat during periods, you could help your body do its job better. By providing it with adequate nourishment through healthy and nutrient rich foods, you can help your body during these days when it’s in dire need of your support! So, although your mood swings might make you despise healthy food and pull you towards that packet of chips or bar of chocolate, understand what to eat during periods and give your body what it really needs! This little piece of knowledge from STAYFREE ®can help you stay strong and energetic, and replenish the energy that periods suck out of your body!

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