1.Avoid: Foods high in fats
Fatty foods influence hormones, lead to cramps and can make you feel gassy. Given the fact that your skin is already sensitive during these days, incorrect food choices during your period can make this issue worse and cause it to become even more dry and dehydrated. Additionally, foods that are rich in saturated fat content increase the production of a particular chemical called prostaglandins, which are notorious for alleviating period pain. Ideally, you should try and avoid fatty meats, burgers and cream-based desserts.
1.Avoid: Dairy products
This might come as a surprise to you but dairy products like milk, cream and cheese are some of the foods to avoid during periods. They are high in arachidonic acid which can act as a trigger for menstrual cramps. Additionally, thanks to the inclusion of artificial hormones in milk, dairy products are touted to be a major cause of hormonal adult acne in women. So if you have been suffering from conditions like PCOS, endometriosis, etc, then we would highly recommend you to discuss the consumption of dairy with your doctor.
Tip: Opt for buttermilk and toned milk—both of which are recommended period food.
3.Avoid: Caffeinated drinks
Turn down the volume of coffee—one of the main drinks you need to avoid during your period. This really helps, because caffeine is a stimuant, which leads to a fluctuation in your hormones, and that is something you definitely want to avoid during your period. It increases blood pressure and heart rate leading to tension and anxiety attacks and in turn, worsening the PMS symptoms. Caffeine also decreases your body's ability to absorb iron, which affects your energy levels and could increase PMS symptoms.
Tip: Have green tea, tomato and carrot juice, or any type of soup instead. These are some of the foods to eat during a period to avoid cramps.
Please go virgin when it comes to alcoholic drinks while on your period (yes, even if you had a really difficult day). While alcohol may reduce cramps temporarily, there are too many negative effects for you to ignore—despite the temporary relief it may give you. It can cause your period to become irregular and also increase estrogen levels in the body, worsening period symptoms. Estrogen is one of the two main female sex hormones is responsible for keeping a girl's menstrual cycle regular. It also keeps the cholestrol and blood sugar levels in check, and is therefore extremely important for a problem-free period. Just one more consequence if you’re not convinced: its diuretic nature increases your water retention levels. What this means is that there is an excess of fluid build-up in your body, which makes you appear more bloated.
Tip: Try a watered-down lassi or some coconut water, it will keep you hydrated and are recommended period foods.
5.Avoid: Foods with a high salt content
Canned soups, bacon, chips are some foods to avoid during periods as they are high in salt. The hormone responsible for menstruation already causes water retention and a high salt diet will cause a gassy, bloating feeling. If you are someone who feels particularly sluggish, lazy and generally uncomfortable around your period, then you must really take a good hard look at the amount of salt you consume.
Tip: Instead, opt for simple dal-chawal with yoghurt or toss up a salad. Be mindful of what you’re eating and eat in moderation—especially when you’re on your period.
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