5 Tips to Eat Healthy During Your Periods
Are you tempted to devour a whole bar of chocolate? Or are you craving a pint of ice cream while watching your favourite Netflix show? Has your box of organic sanitary pads been left untouched for a month too long? If your answer is a yes, you are probably at the brink of your period. Along with your usual temperament, your daily diet also seems to go for a toss. For those of you who are wondering if there is a connection between the two – there definitely is. Unfortunately, while these sweet indulgences result in momentary happiness, they also have an effect on our bodies because we are essentially replacing our nutrition requirements with “junk-food.” Eating the right food not only helps you recover from the pain of periods faster, but also helps you stabilize your emotional state of mind. Here is how-
During your menstrual cycle, a special set of hormones in your body mature the eggs in your ovaries and create a cushioned lining around your uterus for the egg to fertilize and initiate a pregnancy. In the event that the egg is not fertilized, the uterus sheds its lining (the endometrium) and here onwards begins the 5-7 day journey of your period. During this time, hormone-like compounds called the prostaglandins – are released to help the uterus contract and relax, so that the endometrium can break away and flow out of your body easily. An excess of the prostaglandins is known to cause severe cramps, headaches and other bodily abnormalities. In addition to this our female sex hormones, estrogens, also fall and rise rapidly resulting in extensive mood swings.