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PMS is the worst. Correct? Exactly, we knew you agreed. The headaches, the stomach pains and the outrageous mood swings – they’re about as much fun as a fingernail sandwich. But we’re powerful women who deal with these irritating side effects every month; not letting it stop us as we work, as we look after our children, as we basically smash it at life. Although we never use it as an excuse, it’s nice to know there are ways to tone PMS down.
You could pop a Paracetamol or take a nap, but why not stock up you kitchen with theses PMS-bashing foods:
Dark Chocolate – Although chocolate is the official food type of the period, it’s actually proven to improve your endorphins and energy levels thanks to the magnesium content.
Avocado – Partial to a morning avo on toast? Well turns out that the mixture of nutrients, vitamins and minerals in an avocado actually gets rid of the pain chemicals. They get carried out with your waste. Handy eh?
Celery – We’ve all heard the fact about celery being made up of 95% water and so it’s a great source of hydration. The more hydrated you are, the better your digestive system works. This means that the bloated feeling you get when you’re ‘on’ is less likely to rear its head.
Hummus – I mean, what joy?! Hummus as a painkiller? This is the best news ever. Chickpeas, olive oil, lemon and garlic are all anti-inflammatory and have pain relieving properties. Fill your fridge, we say!
Leafy Greens – Kale, spinach, you know the score. These green veg are stuffed full of magnesium. What does magnesium do? Not only does it stem pain, but it rather cleverly stops any agonizing spasms in the uterus.
Pineapple – If cramps are your main source of annoyance during your period, then stockpile this tropical fruit. It contains the enzyme, bromelain, which is a muscle relaxant. Mix some in with your muesli in the mornings and the pain should subside.
So there we are, the best PMS-busting shopping list. Period.