Yes, ladies. We’re talking about our absolute favourite topic! We know you love getting your period every month. Who wouldn’t? You just feel so happy, calm, and beautiful.
Menstruation is awful! Every time it comes around all we want to do is stay in bed, eat chocolate, and have a TV marathon of all of our favourite shows. There’s nothing quite like cramps, headaches, low energy, and bloating—all of our favourite things.
Let’s be honest for a second. If we could turn into men a few days each month, we’d probably do it. Thankfully, we don’t have to be quite that drastic.
Instead, if you’re looking to stay energised, have fewer cramps, and feel relatively normal during your period, ditch the chocolate and try these six foods to survive your period.
Bananas are packed with B6 vitamins that can help relieve cramping. Plus, they’re filled with potassium, which is great for reducing water retention and bloating. During your period, try eating one or two bananas a day. You can enjoy them in a smoothie, over granola, or on their own. Personally, we love our Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe.
In particular, spinach and kale are full of calcium, which has been proven to reduce menstrual cramps. Plus, they contain high amounts of vitamins E, B6, and magnesium, which provide strength and ward off tummy pains. So, if you’re feeling pain during your period, make sure you toss some leafy greens into your salads, or on top of your pizza.
Pumpkin, Sunflower, and Sesame Seeds
We love seeds, and they provide magical period relief. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are packed with vitamin E and Zinc, both of when help reduce your belly bloat and pain during your period. Plus, sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin B6, a natural pain relief aid. During your time of the month, try adding pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds as your topping on our Chai Breakfast Slices Recipe.
I you are not gluten intolerant, a bowl of oatmeal can make your tummy feel like it’s supposed to. That’s because oats are filled with zinc and magnesium, your anti-cramp vitamins and minerals. Plus, they’re a wonderful whole food option that you can enjoy at any time. So, next time you’re suffering from painful menstrual cramps, cook yourself a bowl of oatmeal in the morning and keep the period cramps away.
Ginger & Cinnamon
Not all super foods are created equal, but when it comes to surviving your period, ginger and cinnamon are your best friends. They’re natural common cold remedies, plus they work on period pain, too. Try adding a few slices of ginger and a few sprinkles of cinnamon to a glass of hot water for some nighttime or early morning belly relief.
We can’t say it enough, stay hydrated. Water is your best friend during your period. Remaining hydrated can help decrease the painful symptoms of bloating, and it also relaxes your muscles, which can reduce cramping. If you have trouble drinking a lot of water, try drinking tea or making your water more exotic by adding fruit or ginger.
Now, if you really want the ultimate period relief, make our Banana & Manuka Honey Muffin Recipe. Why? It contains three of our six recommended period foods. It has bananas, seeds, and cinnamon—everything a lady needs for menstrual relief.