Foods to avoid in periods

Periods give a tough time to most of us. The PMS, depression, mood swings become too much to handle along with our routine work.

Are you aware that certain foods you consume are making your health worse during mensuration? Here is a list of foods that should be avoided during periods.

1. Salt

Consumption of salt leads to water retention, which ultimately causes bloating. To prevent this, avoid highly processed foods that contain a lot of sodium.

2. Sugar

Consuming moderate sugar levels is ok, but drinking a considerable amount can cause problems. Consuming too much sugar can worsen your mood and make you feel depressed, anxious, and moody during your period.

3. Coffee

Caffeine again causes water retention, which leads to bloating and headaches. But lack of caffeine can also cause headaches. Therefore do not entirely cut out caffeine and consume it at moderate levels. Coffee might cause digestive issues and may cause you to get diarrhea.

4. Alcohol

Alcohol has substantial adverse effects on your body which can worsen the symptoms of your period. Alcohol causes dehydration which leads to bloating and headaches. It can also lead to digestive issues like diarrhea and nausea.

5. Spicy foods

Spicy foods are known to cause diarrhea, stomach pain, and nausea. If your stomach cannot tolerate spicy foods or if you are not habitual to eating them, then it is best to avoid them during your period.

6. Red meat

During periods, your body produces prostaglandins which help your uterus contract and get rid of the uterine lining, resulting in the menstrual flow. But, high levels of prostaglandins cause cramps.

Red meat may be high in iron, but it is also high in prostaglandins and should be avoided during periods.

7. Foods that your body does not tolerate well

If you have any food insensitivities, it is best to avoid them during periods. Eating such foods may cause diarrhea, nausea, and dizziness, adding more to your discomfort.

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