I don’t know about you guys, but for me, getting my period also means dealing with awful cramps, major bloating, constant exhaustion and horrible headaches. It’s not fun. So, I’m always on the lookout for things that will help ease my many period pains and I’m sure I’m not alone.
Sure, the quickest option for getting rid of any kind of period pain might be to pop a pill like Tylenol or Naproxen, but am I the only one who hates taking a ton of medication during one week of every month? Sometimes, natural remedies are the best way to cure our pains and stay healthy at the same time. There are actually a bunch of different kinds of foods and drinks out there that can help with your PMS symptoms. And – bonus! – they’re yummy! Here are 10 foods and drinks that will help get rid of or prevent cramping and bloating.
Dark ChocolateWhen we have our period, a lot of us find ourselves craving chocolate or something else that's sweet. But excessive sugar and dairy isn't a great idea and might make your symptoms even worse. Instead, try eating dark chocolate. It will help relax your muscles and also get rid of those pesky cravings. How To Eat It: Just buy a bar of dark chocolate and chow down! Source: ShutterStock
AvocadoOne book claims that avocados can help alleviate cramps. If that's true, amazing. Avocados are delicious, easy to eat and super healthy for you in a lot of different ways. How To Eat It: There are so many ways! You can eat it plain, cut it up to put in a salad or add it to any kind of sandwich. You can also try my favorite way to eat an avocado: mash it, smear it on toast and add scrambled eggs. Source: ShutterStock
CeleryCelery is full of water (it literally has zero calories!) and so it's a good food to eat if you're trying to stop yourself from bloating. It's also just good for you in general. How To Eat It: Eat it raw! If you need something to spice it up, try dipping it in peanut butter or hummus - both of those foods can also help with period pains. Source: ShutterStock
Pumpkin SeedsPumpkin seeds have zinc in them, which has been shown to help get rid of cramps. Good news, too, since fall is the perfect time to eat pumpkin seeds! But this isn't the only type of seed you should try - studies have also shown that sunflower and sesame seeds help too. Both will help get rid of your cramps. Chow down on seeds! How To Eat It: Yeah, you could buy pumpkin seeds in the store, but most of those are probably loaded with salt, which is only going to make you bloated. Instead, try roasting your own. Add any of these seeds onto a salad for extra crunchyness. Source: ShutterStock
PineappleWhether you want to drink pineapple juice or just eat it plain, this delicious fruit can help relax your muscles, which in turn can help ease your cramps. Pineapple also helps with bloating and even makes you feel happier. How To Eat It: Juice it for a quick treat, eat it plain or get fancy and grill it. So good! Source: ShutterStock
BananasThese yummy fruits help with both cramps and bloating. Fun fact: if you exercise, you should eat bananas afterwards to ease your muscle cramps the next day. These little guys are so good for you! How To Eat It: Bananas are perfect on their own, but if you need something more, try adding a little cinnamon and a few drops of honey. Instant dessert. Source: ShutterStock
Green/Peppermint/Parsley TeaHerbal tees are a great choice when you have your period. Not only do they help flush out your system, but they're good, too! Green tea has been shown to help with cramps, while peppermint tea will soothe your stomach and help beat bloating. Incorporating parsley into your diet is a great way to get rid of cramps as well. How To Eat It: It's tea, just drink it! It's perfectly cozy for this time of year, too. Source: ShutterStock
SalmonThis fatty fish is full of omega-3s and vitamin D, both of which have been shown to help with PMS symptoms. It has anti-inflammatory effects, which helps with cramps and bloating. Plus, it's awesome. How To Eat It: There are tons of ways to eat salmon. Personally, I like to add teriayki sauce and spices like ginger (which can also be good for your PMS symptoms). Source: ShutterStock
Spinach/KaleDark, leafy greens are great for when you have your period. Both spinach and kale will help get rid of your cramps and, overall, they're both just really healthy. How To Eat It: Again, tons of ways to eat both spinach and kale. They can both be eaten raw or cooked. You can pair your spinach with salmon for a super-cramps-fighting meal. You can try both of these in a salad, too. Source: ShutterStock
WaterWe can't forget about the easiest way to get rid of bloating - water! Yes, you're bloated because of water retention. Yes, as weird as it sounds, drinking more water will help get rid of it. Water flushes out your system, helps with bloating and will keep you hydrated. How To Eat It: It's water, guys! I think you know what to do. Source: ShutterStock
Do you eat these foods when you have your period? Which one of these is your favorite? Which one are you going to try? Tell me in the comments.