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5 foods to avoid eating during your period

Did you know that you can ease your menstrual cramps by taking a right diet during periods?

Written by: Reshu Manglik, New Delhi [ Published on: December 21, 2017 10:31 IST ]
5 foods to avoid eating during your period

If you feel extreme cramps, fatigue, mood swings and instability during your periods, then you’ll be surprised to know that what you eat can greatly affect how you feel. It turns out that our diet during periods has a great deal to do with your menstrual cramps. Getting the right kind of diet can help counter muscle pain, bloating, headache and indigestion. Even though you totally feel like binge eating, you need to take the hard road to steer clear of menstrual cramps. Here is a list of 5 foods you should avoid during those 5 days of the month.


Alcohol might definitely reduce your muscle cramps temporarily, but in the long run, it can be worsening your period cramps. It increases your oestrogen levels which further aggravates the menstrual pain.

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Caffeinated drinks

Turns down the volume of coffee. It is one of the main drinks you need to avoid during your periods. It increases blood pressure leading to tension and anxiety.

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Processed foods

Frozen food, pickles, canned food, papad, fast foods, etc should be struck off your list for those 5 days of the month. The preservatives in these kinds of foods aren’t your best friend in periods. They can interfere with your hormones and increase PMS discomfort.

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Processed foods

High-fat foods

Fatty foods also have a direct impact on your menstrual cramps. It also aggravates skin problems, which are already at their peak during periods. Avoid fatty foods, burgers and cream based desserts during periods.

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Fatty food

Dairy products

This might come as a shocker for you but the dairy products are no good friend either. They are high in arachidonic acid which can trigger menstrual cramps. Choose buttermilk or toned milk if you cannot go without dairy products.

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Be mindful in whatever you’re eating. Don’t go overboard with anything, especially when you’re on your periods. 

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