Fight Cramps. Period.

Bowl of oatmeal with fresh fruitCramps, bloating and crankiness are classic menstrual cycle symptoms. Over-the-counter medicines can bring relief. Eating certain foods during your cycle may also make the symptoms more manageable while keeping you on a healthy path.

For many women, their monthly visitor brings insatiable food cravings that aren’t always the healthiest (think pizza, potato chips and chocolate). After all, they’re called comfort foods for a reason. Junk food may make you feel better in the moment, but others can offer long-term relief.

6 Foods to Eat During Your Period

Every woman’s body is different, so what works for your BFF may not work for you. It may take some trial and error to figure out what’s right for you.

Tip: Making these foods part of your everyday diet boosts their benefits, and your overall health, even more.

  • Dark chocolate. Yes! It’s OK, even beneficial, to satisfy your chocolate craving. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants, which reduce inflammation. It’s also a good source of magnesium, which can reduce headaches and cramps. Of course, moderation is the key.
  • Fresh fruit. Full of fiber, fruit can keep your digestive system running smoothly.
  • Leafy green veggies. Spinach, kale, broccoli and other dark green veggies replenish the iron your body loses during your period. They are also high in fiber, which can help with any digestive issues.
  • Red meat. Up your intake of lean red meat during your period to help replace the iron your body loses.
  • Salmon and tuna. Both fishes are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation.
  • Whole grains. Oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa and other whole-grain foods can relieve that bloated feeling. They’re also high in fiber, vitamin B, iron and folic acid. Say, “Hooray!” to being able to zip up your jeans without a struggle.

Certain types of exercise can also relieve menstrual symptoms. From Gentle Yoga to low-impact aerobic activity to swimming, we offer a wide range of fitness class. Find your fit.