As we all know, getting your period means also experiencing a whole bunch of unpleasant PMS symptoms. Whether it’s cramps, headaches, bloating, exhaustion or something else, it’s not fun. And just like there are things you can do to make those symptoms better or to prevent them completely, there are also some things you might be doing that are actually making them worse.
I’ve already given you guys a list of foods and drinks you should be eating/drinking when you have your period, so now I’m going to fill you in on the foods and drinks you should avoid during that time of the month. These things will only make your PMS symptoms worse, so consider this a fair warning. And don’t be bummed – it’s only once a month!
Salty FoodsPersonally, I crave salty foods like crazy whenever I have my period. The problem? Too much salt is one of the worst things for PMS symptoms. Salt retains water, which makes you bloated. So if you give into those cravings, you're going to feel super bloated. Besides avoiding the regular culprits - chips, pretzels, frozen dinners - you should also try to avoid restaurants. They use TONS of salt. Source: ShutterStock
All SweetsAnother major thing you're craving during your period is probably sweets. But, surprise surprise, they aren't good for you either. Too much sugar will make your PMS symptoms worse and just generally make you feel extra crappy. Plus, too much sugar also makes you feel run-down and tired, which you don't need any more of during your period. Source: ShutterStock
Red MeatRed meat isn't a great option during your period because it contains so much saturated fat, which can increase your estrogen levels. And as anyone who has been on the wrong birth control pills can tell you, too much estrogen is no good. Avoid this during that time of the month. Source: ShutterStock
All DairyCalcium itself is great for your PMS symptoms, as I mentioned in the last article. But dairy is not a great choice, so get your calcium elsewhere. Dairy makes your symptoms much more painful, so no milk or cheeses! Source: ShutterStock
Deep-Fried FoodsNot only are deep-fried foods usually very high in salt (think French Fries and chicken fingers), but they're also very fatty. Fatty foods are bad for PMS because, like red meat, they contain too much saturated fat which, again, makes things worse. Source: ShutterStock
Any Kind Of AlcoholIf you're under 21, you shouldn't be drinking anyway! And, seriously, don't do it during your period. Alcohol dehydrates your body and getting extra dehydrated during your period is not a great idea at all. Besides, think about what happens when you drink alcohol - you end up eating crappy foods, like the ones above that you're not supposed to be eating. Source: ShutterStock
Milk ChocolateMilk chocolate contains too things that are bad for your PMS: dairy and sugar. I know your body is craving chocolate and every Hollywood cliche out there is telling you to eat it, but please avoid the milk kind. If you need it, go for dark chocolate! Source: ShutterStock
CaffeineI know you're extra tired and need a boost, but caffeine during this time isn't the best answer. Like alcohol, it will dehydrate you, leaving you feeling worse than before. Get your energy by getting extra sleep - your PMS is a great excuse for that! Source: ShutterStock
What other foods or drinks did I miss? Do you eat or drink these during your period? Tell me in the comments!