A woman has around 500 periods in her lifetime so we may aswell make them more bearable!

Follow these diet-related tips for a happier time-of-the-month…

Food cravings

We eat. Anything. In. Sight. To manage cravings, nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD, recommends cutting out sugar completely.

Speaking to Now, she explains: ‘The higher your sugar intake, the more your blood sugar fluctuates and the stronger your cravings will be. Eat a healthy meal or snack every three hours to stop you from opting for a quick fix chocolate bar.’

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Cramps

No man will EVER understand the agony.

As well as exercise, Dr Glenville explains that the substances which are normally the root of period pain increase or decrease according to what you eat.’

Avoid: Milk, cheese, yoghurt, butter and dairy ice cream. Ditch the coffee too.

Eat more: Blackberries, raspberries and grapes. Lentils, chickpeas and beans can also help.

As well as this, try a magnesium supplement, which acts as a muscle relaxant, easing cramps.

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Bloating

We won’t go near that sexy LBD on period week.

‘Cut down on salt to reduce bloating and water retention,’ explains Dr Glenville. ‘Don’t be tempted to limit your fluid intake, which can increase bloating. Water is a natural diuretic and should be drunk frequently.’

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Mood swings.

Crying, laughing, smiling. WTF?!

Dr Glenville advises us to eat foods containing tryptophan such as fish, bananas and almonds, and pairing them with unrefined carbs.

She explains: ‘Tryptophan is good for depression as it boosts serotonin (the ‘feel good’ brain chemical) production. Due to the blood-brain barrier, tryptophan can only get across if the meal contains carbohydrates.’

Spots

They spring up, unexpected and unannounced. But did you know that the herb Milk Thistle, can help resolve the period-acne issue?

‘Your liver has to detoxify your female hormones; if the detox process isn’t happening efficiently you can get spots. Milk Thistle can help improve liver function,’ says Dr Glenville.

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