What To Eat To Minimize Period Symptoms

Sugar cravings are among period symptoms that are detrimental to your health. Your menstruation also causes sleep deprivation and digestive problems. Eating these foods and following these home remedies helps you prevent period symptoms such as period cramps, food cravings and mood swings.

Do Not Skip Meals

Intermittent fasting stabilizes your blood sugar levels and regulates your hormones. It is usually observed by those who follow a Ketogenic Diet. It, however, has downsides such as leaving you hungry and make you crave for snacks. When you give in to your food cravings, your body will undergo blood sugar dysregulation resulting in worsened period problems. Thus, if you suffer from hormonal imbalances during your period, reconsider following intermittent fasting. Instead, always eat breakfast, lunch and dinner during menstruation.

Food Rich In B-Vitamins

Those who experience heavy or whose periods last longer need to consume foods that are rich in iron, B12, B6 and folate. These help build blood and are highly recommended during your period. Ingredients that contain both are leafy greens, avocados and grass-fed organic meat, as recommended by Mind Body Green.


Omega-3-rich foods contain anti-inflammatory properties that improve your mood and reduce period cramps. Ingredients such as salmon, sardines, anchovies, walnuts and even hemp seeds provide these benefits.

Fiber-Rich Vegetables

According to Healthline, fiber leaves your stomach undigested and enters your colon where it snacks on healthy gut bacteria. This helps you alleviate digestive problems which are one of the most common period symptoms. Fiber also eliminates estrogen and fuels your system.

They also minimize your blood sugar levels and fight constipation, as per a study published in the US National Library of Medicine. You may need to steer clear of starchy vegetables such as squash, potatoes and peas.


Magnesium has been found to relieve period cramps, promotes undisturbed sleep and regulates your mode. According to a study by the University of Maryland Medical Center, increasing your consumption of magnesium also relieves of headaches and nausea which are common period symptoms as well. High doses of zinc supplements may, however, disturb your magnesium absorption. Thus, if you are taking the former, consult with your doctor. Ingredients rich in magnesium are spinach, Brazil nuts and cashews.

Heavy Period Women with a heavy flow may not have to worry if it's not more than seven days of bleeding. Photo courtesy of Pixabay, public domain