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Yup, Eating the Right Foods on Your Period Can Actually Ease PMS Symptoms

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Period cravings are totally normal, but here's what to eat instead

7. Do eat magnesium-rich foods

"Foods rich in magnesium like beans, tofu and peanuts are thought to reduce bloating in menstruating women," Thomas says.

8. Don't forget your vitamins

Thomas suggests adding vitamin-friendly foods to your diet, especially during your cycle. Vitamin E can help eliminate some PMS symptoms; you'll find it in avocado, hemp seeds and egg yolk. Vitamin B6 can help relieve bloating and boost your mood; find it in potatoes, bananas and oatmeal. Lastly, vitamin C and zinc support the health of a woman's eggs and reproductive system. Find vitamin C in grapefruits and lemons and zinc in pumpkin seeds and squashes.

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9. Do eat some comfort food

Before you jump for joy at the thought of stuffing your face with a bowl full of Kraft Mac & Cheese, let us explain. The health-ified versions of your favorite comfort foods could be exactly what you need to make it through your period in one piece — by fending off those uncontrollable cravings. Eating lean protein and fiber can help to stabilize blood sugar and potentially reduce sugary and carby binges. Try toasting a piece of sprouted bread and slathering it with almond butter for breakfast or, better yet, to kick off a night of Netflix R&R.

Period cravings are totally normal, but here's what to eat instead
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