Fight back against period cramps with these PMS-friendly foods.
While you might immediately reach for over-the-counter pain relievers or a hot water bottle to alleviate period cramps, your diet plays a large role in how your body fights pain before and during your period. No matter how intense the symptoms, good nutrition can help alleviate cramps, increase your energy levels, and make you healthier overall. So skip the salty foods, cut back on caffeine, and reach for these cramp-friendly foods instead.
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When you’re fighting cramps, grab a handful of pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are rich iron, fiber, zinc, magnesium and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, all of which have been shown to reduce PMS symptoms like cramping. Magnesium can also help lift your mood and fight water retention, while manganese has been shown to reduce the bodily tension that comes with PMS. But this isn't the only type of seed you should try - sunflower and sesame seeds can help too.