#TabooTuesday: Does Food *Really* Help With PMS?
We know it’s super-tempting to reach for burgers, XL fries, sugary drinks and chocolate by the truckload when those PMS symptoms kick in – we’re all guilty of a little comfort eating after all. But hands-up who actually feels worse after a junk food binge?
Today, leading digestive health expert Linda Booth tells us what food choices we need to be making around our time of the month…
Can The Right Food Really Help With Period Pain?
“Women with diets high in plant foods have fewer painful periods. Spinach and kale are packed full of magnesium, but if your body has a lack of magnesium (e.g. you’re not eating your greens) it can cause spasms in the uterus and in the smooth muscle tissue of the bowel. This can contribute to period pain and bowel problems like constipation.”
How Is This Linked To Our Hormones?
“With any hormone, once it has done its job, we need to ensure that our bodies get rid of it. Without the “getting rid” part, the hormone would recirculate with potentially detrimental effects. A way to ensure that oestrogen doesn’t recirculate is to up fibre intake, since fibre binds to oestrogen and allows it to be carried out of the body.”
So What Food Should I Eat On My Period?
“Oats, nuts and seeds are all good sources of fibre as are dark green vegetables. You should be eating at least two portions daily. If you find this difficult, make a smoothie (not a juice as juicing removes all fibre) and add a little fruit or natural stevia to sweeten it. Fermented foods like sauerkraut help with bloating, painful intestinal gas, diarrhoea and constipation. Also, dark chocolate! It contains magnesium to increase energy, and endorphins to improve your mood.”
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