5 Foods to Fight PMS and Cramps

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5 Foods to Fight PMS and Cramps

1. Bananas

Photo by Eunice Choi

Photo by Eunice Choi

BENEFITS: Fights bloating caused by fluid retention.

The secret’s all in the potassium, which balances out fluid levels in the body. Cranberries, raisins and turkey are other potassium-rich foods that do the trick as well. Considering how versatile (and delicious) bananas are, it’s easy to bring them around as snacks and eat on a regular basis during “the time of the month.” Try them in smoothies, frozen, added to your morning oatmeal, etc. – the options are endless.

2. Salmon

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Photo by Anastasia Yip

BENEFITS: Say hello to omega-3 and bye to inflammation and painful cramps.

Salmon is one of nature’s super foods; it gives you strong and healthy hair, mitigates those awful migraines, and tastes great no matter how you prepare it. The main reason is because salmon is full of omega-3, the king of healthy fatty acids. Omega-3, combined with vitamin D in salmon, is what fights inflammation that causes painful contractions AKA cramps. Also try flaxseed and nuts.

3. Dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher)

Photo by Eunice Choi

Photo by Eunice Choi

BENEFITS: Helps relax muscles and amps up serotonin levels for less irritability.

Sometimes, life is nice to us and grants good things like dark chocolate that we can enjoy guilt-free. Dark chocolate is known to relax muscles, improve circulation, and increase serotonin levels, which is the hormone that makes you feel happy and positive. Having a few nubs of this sweet treat helps to satiate a bit of that raging sweet tooth and dispel PMS symptoms like mood swings.

4. Hummus

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Photo by Eunice Choi

BENEFITS: A mood booster that helps you get a good night’s rest.

Hummus, made with chickpeas, is protein-rich and great with other healthy foods. Whether it’s spreading some on pita bread or scooping up with celery and carrot sticks, hummus is a tasty way to soothe period symptoms. Hummus is particularly good for uplifting your mood (like dark chocolate does) and helping you relax for a good night’s sleep. Here are 10 creative ways you can enjoy it, but it’s high in calories so eat in moderation.

5. Dark leafy green vegetables
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BENEFITS: Calcium-rich, these greens like kale and spinach can help ease cramps.

During cycles, a lot of iron is lost. It is important to replenish your body’s store of iron, and dark leafy green vegetables are a great source. Thankfully, there are many ways to eat these veggies, some options being: unsalted kale chips, cooked spinach, or arugula salad. These greens can give back that surge of energy you typically feel to get off the couch and go exercise outside.

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