Do you feel bloated when you are on your periods!

We are what we eat! This applies so much at the time of our periods if nowhere else. Right from a couple of days prior to periods till the last day. Our days, happy or sad, comfortable or bad, everything is decided by whatever we are taking inside.

Most of the stomach cramps, back aches, heavy or less flow are the results of wrong eating. Why to add more suffering when this is anyways a discomforting time, right?

So here are some SIMPLEST eating and drinking habits you need to adopt while and a few days prior to periods to make sure that they don’t get worse!

#1: WATER
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Believe it or not, water IS the god. It does almost anything and everything for your body. From making the skin look good to reducing stone risks in your kidneys. Amazing, right?

Now think about the amount of fluid that comes out of your body in that one week. This could lead to dehydration in the body and to prevent that from happening, you got to drink more and more water during your periods. But there’s a catch here—drinking cold water could lead to increase in the pain and other problems instead. So if you are drinking water, make sure it’s hot/ lukewarm or at least normal water.

#2: Nuts/Dry Fruits
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Firstly, nuts are warm by nature and during this time, our lower abdomen demands warm stuff. Secondly, these have essential nutrients, good fats, vitamins, calories and proteins that are good for the body and that can hold your hunger for some time. But try avoiding salty nuts as they could cause bloating during this time.

#3: Dark Chocolate
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Let’s face it, all of us get stressed, encounter mood swings, experience pain and lack energy to do anything during our periods. But dark chocolate solves all these problems to an extent.

Let’s list the benefits of dark chocolate during this time-

  • Reduces stress: As it reduces the level of cortisol in the body which is caused by stress.
  • Boosts mood: Chocolate encourages the brain to release endorphinsresulting in a happy feeling.
  • Reduces pain: Endorphin also works as a pain killer during menstrual period. It reduces our perception of pain.
  • Boosts energy: Chocolate contains caffeine but just enough to give to energy and not cause bloating.

#4: Go Green
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Go green with green vegetables. Green vegetables are rich in calcium, potassium and magnesium which help in preventing the spasms that lead to cramps. Green veggies also help to reduce mood swings by relaxing emotions. Dark green veggies contain large amount of Vitamin K, which prevents excess bleeding and bloated feeling.

#5: Green Tea
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Green tea is rich in antioxidants which increases metabolism and keeps you active. But restrict to just 2 cups a day. Also it contains low caffeine content as compared to coffee or normal tea, hence it will not meddle with the cycle. This instantly helps to relief bloated feeling.

Food to be Avoided – Cold water, Aerated drinks, Curd, Sour items, Pickles

Grandma’s Remedy
Sauté ½ tea spoon ginger powder in 1 tea spoon clarified butter for 15-20 seconds. Then add 1½ cup milk and sugar to it. Bring it to boil and let it boil for a few minutes. Stir occasionally. Now you are good to go!

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