12 Foods To Eat When You Have Period Cramps

Anyone who has ever experienced PMS before knows that cramps are real, and they can be terrible. But before you go ahead and grab some ibuprofen, consider grabbing a snack instead — there are foods to eat when you have period cramps that will actually make your life so much easier.

You know how it goes. Every month, that one week rolls around and after feeling bloated for a few days, the cramps set in and all you want to do is either eat everything in sight, or simply rip your uterus out completely. It’s not always a pretty picture, and we seriously don’t get enough accolades for surviving the roller coaster that is having a period. As much as many of us want to assuage our cramps with pizza and wine, those foods really aren’t helping you eat your way to comfort. If anything, they’re actually making your cramps worse. Yikes.

In the spirit of solidarity, I am sharing my secret list of super foods to help you power through your period without the mind-numbing cramps. Seriously, as soon as those cramps set in, reach for this list. I’m grabbing a glass of water and a banana as we speak, because as someone who is currently PMSing myself, the pain is about to get real. There is hope out there for all of us now.

1. Water

You know drinking water is necessary for your body to function in every way possible, but it also can help you out with all that bloating and cramps. Down as much as you can in a day, and you’ll feel like a new woman.

2. Dark Chocolate

Do you ever wonder why you crave chocolate around your period? Your body knows what it’s doing when that craving sets in. Dark chocolate is the healthier option, plus it’ll relax your muscles and keep you happier than all that junk food ever will.

3. Bananas

Just like eating a banana after you exercise, eating it when your uterus starts cramping is a great way to get your muscles to chill the hell out.

4. Pineapple

There are vitamins in pineapples that actually relax your muscles to combat the cramps, plus this fruit has the added bonus of boosting your mood.

5. Salmon

This fish is rich in omega 3s and vitamin D, which both help to fight those painful cramps just like an anti-inflammatory would.

6. Tea

A cup of tea, green tea, or chamomile tea specifically will sooth your mind, body, and soul. Snuggle up with a warm cup after a long day, and ease into its effects.

7. Low-Fat Yogurt

Foods that are rich in calcium will also help reduce the pain of cramps. You’ve now got your breakfast idea for the length of your period. You’re welcome.

8. Flaxseed

Flaxseed works just like salmon by providing the omega 3s you need to help stop those muscles from tensing up and ruining your entire day.

9. Kale

Green smoothie, anyone? Kale is one of the best plant-based sources of calcium that relieves the pain associated with your period.

10. Walnuts

Reach for a handful of walnuts for a great snack that’ll keep those omega 3s running through your body. No need to take ibuprofen when you have a bowl of these by your side.

11. Peanut butter

Forget a spoonful of sugar; hit a spoonful of peanut butter instead. Peanut butter is high in vitamin E — another magical vitamin that helps with inflammation and cramping.

12. Sunflower Seeds

Just like peanut butter, sunflower seeds have vitamin E in them. Plus, they are one of the most addictive snacks of all time, so go ahead and eat as many as you want.

Say buh-bye to those cramps and hello to a period free of pain.

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