These Are The Best Foods to Eat While On Your Period

Nuts

Healthy nuts
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Instead of reaching for that bag of licorice come snack time, reach for a bag of nuts. “Foods that are rich in good fats or omega-3s (such as nuts) can be helpful and much more filling than the calories in junk foods,” Dr. O’Connor said.

Fresh fruits

Fruit salad
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Another food to aid your period-related digestive problems is fruit. Stock up on your favorite fresh fruit before your flow begins to ensure a healthy digestive system.

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Whole grains

Just like fruit, the fiber in whole grains can help you stay regular, especially during your period. Whole grains also include complex carbohydrates, which provide important vitamins and minerals.

Red meats

It’s important to increase your iron intake during your period to make up for what’s lost each month. “A diet high in iron helps avoid anemia and symptoms that can go along with it,” said Dr. Sharon R. Thompson of Central Phoenix Obstetrics and Gynecology. “Women who eat red meat will be able to get sufficient iron from food.” However, if you’re not a meat-eater, Dr. Thompson recommends taking a supplement to maintain adequate iron stores.

Quick tip: In addition to a healthy diet, Alyssa Dweck, MD, recommends regular aerobic exercise, yoga, meditation and breathing exercises to help alleviate period symptoms.

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