What to eat when you’re PMS-ing
Reduce your salt intakeThe hormone changes that take place around this time lead to water retention in the body. This often means a lot of uncomfortable bloating. Salt can make this worse, so try to keep an eye on your salt intake and reduce it where possible. To counteract the bloating, eat foods with high water content like cucumbers, watermelons and tomatoes. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and treat yourself to lots of herbal tea - the warmth with help ease aching muscles.
Avoid excess sugarThe hormone changes that take place during our period can upset our digestive system (you may notice you have an upset stomach around this time) and excess sugar can make this worse. Look to eat fruits and complex carbs, the fibre and protein will help settle things down.
Eat lots of anti-inflammatory foodsIf you struggle with PMS and/or cramps, anti-inflammatory foods may help ease inflammation in the body. Try swapping coffee for green tea, snacking on blueberries and adding cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli and kale) to your meals. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are also helpful, so enjoy salmon, tuna, nuts and seeds.
Listen to your bodyPMS makes us feel very raw and vulnerable and so is the perfect time to turn inwards. Treat yourself kindly, be gentle with your body and use this time for self-reflection and slowing down. Listen to what your body wants. Usually this is lots of rest, gentle movement and yes, perhaps some chocolate. The more in tune we are with our bodies, the more we can give it what it truly needs.
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