Periods wreak havoc on a woman’s body. You get intense cramps, feel exhausted and crave the most unhealthy foods. Apart from some ibuprofen, a heating pad and a solid rom-com, is there anything that can be done to make a period more bearable?

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Health Magazine has a few suggestions, such as eating more fruits and vegetables in the week before you expect it to arrive and avoiding salt to reduce water retention, a.k.a. bloating.

That bloating can vary in intensity, being only mild in some women but so intense in others that it’s a hindrance to life — or at least difficult to deal with, such as in the case of this fitness blogger who bravely bared her bloated stomach on Instagram.

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“For most women, water retention is just a monthly bother,” the Mayo Clinic explains, “but in some cases, it can be severe enough to interfere with daily activities.”

Sorry to say, coffee is on the list of foods to avoid during your period — according to Health Magazine, caffeine can mess with your mood.

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Other suggestions for taming your crimson tide include exercising, using meditation to reduce stress, and taking supplements like calcium and vitamin B6.

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