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Foods and drinks affect the menstrual cycle

25/08/2016 | 08:37 - Women's Health

During the menstrual period, in addition to the uncomfortable premenstrual symptoms, most women will be many changes in the body such as cramping, bloating, mood swings.

Food and drinks have more effects you during this period. Each type will have different effects:

1/        Alcohol:


Cortisol is triggered when stress occurs and high cortisol levels can increase your blood pressure and fat levels. During the menstrual cycle, your body may have high cortisol levels.

To control cortisol levels, you should limit to drink alcohol because it can cause mild increase cortisol in the body. Caffeine can cause a same situation.

2/        Bananas:


Eat magnesium-rich bananas will not only reduce the water retention during premenstrual syndrome, but also help regulate your mood and increase serotonin levels.

Moreover, bananas are known as sleep aids. When your body's irregularity affects your sleep, bananas could help reduce the pain and allow you to rest, relax easily.

3/        Broccoli:


Choosing high-fiber vegetables such as broccoli can reduce bloating during your period. Because broccoli is mostly water (91%), it can help with the puffiness, gas and fatigue you feel.

4/     Eggs:


Starting the new day with eggs breakfast may be the best thing for your menstrual cycle.

A study showed that consuming the foods rich in calcium and vitamin D, such as eggs and low-fat dairy may reduce the symptoms of premenstrual.

5/        Flaxseed:


Flaxseed contains a type of estrogens called lignans. Lignans have both an estrogenic and anti-estrogenic, which can reduce the levels of hot flashes.

6/        Quinoa:


This complex carbohydrate is rich in iron and vitamin B12, which can help regulate mood swings and boost your energy levels.

7/       Refined grains:

refined grains

Avoid refined grains and sticking to whole grains to maintain a healthy weight.

Excess refined grains can cause belly fat accumulation, which can lead to insulin resistance.

8/         Salmon


Salmon and other nutritional sources of omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce menstrual symptoms.

One study showed that women who ate 6 grams of fish oil everyday experienced less menstrual pain while using the supplements.  

9/          Soy beans:

soy beans

According to Healthline, soy bean contains a type of estrogen called isoflavones. Isoflavones bind to estrogen receptors in the body.

Some studies show that the isoflavones can reduce the risk of hot flashes and increase vaginal lubrication.                                     

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