For some of us, period cravings can be so intense that we spend a good week out of each month holed up on our couch, eating junk and binge-watching Netflix. And while giving in to the period crave can be comforting, it can totally derail all the healthy efforts that you make the rest of the month. Potato chips and a pint of ice cream can taste amazing when you're cramping like crazy, but this time around, you may be able to manage some of your worst menstrual symptoms by eating healthier alternatives instead.
A few female-friendly foods could make it all better:
"Fruits, vegetables and whole foods are your friends always, but especially during menstruation. The fruit from sugar may help alleviate sugar cravings," explains health and fitness consultant Tari Rose. Try adding apricots, oranges, plums, pears, cucumbers, artichokes, corn and carrots to your diet.
Cutting back on caffeine intake can help reduce bloating and calm an irritable stomach. "Caffeine can increase stomach acid and be rough on sensitive intestines. If you want a rich-tasting coffee substitute, try my traditional Indian chai," professional chef and healthy living expert Jennifer Iserloh says.
According to certified holistic health counselor and nutritionist Latham Thomas, women need at least 1,200 mg of calcium every day. "Some good sources of calcium include kale, collard greens, broccoli and yogurt."
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