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Foods To Avoid During Your Periods

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  Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru     Feb 14, 2017

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The uncomfortable symptoms like fatigue, instability, mood swings and painful cramps during your red flag days are normal, but you’ll be surprised to know that what you eat during your periods actually has an effect on how you feel during those days.

Here is a list of 4 foods to avoid when you are on your period:

  • Alcohol

It is a common believe that alcohol reduces cramps but this is just temporary. In fact, it increases the estrogen levels in the body, thus worsening period cramps.

Health Tips:

Instead of virgin mojitos choose lassi or coconut water, it keeps your body hydrated and also falls into the category of recommended period foods.

  • Caffeine

The fluctuating hormones leave your mental state a little turbulated, the last thing you want to do is stimulant this state by introducing caffeine into your system. Therefore, avoid it as much as you can.

  • Fatty And Fried Foods

Measured by checking the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) in your liver, your period pain and symptoms are linked to inflammation in the body. At this state, the consumption of fatty and fried foods can result in more inflammation in the body.

However, tempted you are, please try staying away from the below-mentioned food.

Deep fried items like chicken kabab, onions rings, french fries, and doughnuts

Commercially available baked goods

Packaged fast food

Processed red meat

Cheese and dairy products

Hydrogenated vegetable oil

Any food containing hard margarine


For cooking switch to healthy extra virgin olive oil and opt for skimmed versions of dairy products.

  • Sugary Foods

Sweet cravings are normal PMS symptoms but remember that these food can make you feel more anxious and stressed. Besides affecting the mood, it also increases water retention.

Here’s what you should avoid:



Sugary sodas and drinks

Any foods that contain refined sugar



Have a happy and safe period!

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