There are a lot of things that change in your body throughout your menstrual cycle. One of the things that you might not know is that your ability to digest food changes. With this post written by the best naturopaths near Castlemaine and Bendigo, be informed of the proper nutrition during your period.

You have a reduced ability to digest foods when you are having your period. It can be challenging to keep this in mind, especially if eating at all during your period is challenging.

Difficult Foods During Your Period

You can help support yourself. The first thing to do is to avoid the foods that are going to be difficult to digest. That includes foods that are more challenging to metabolise and digest – like raw salad, alcohol, caffeine, or ice cream.

Eating cold foods like ice cream may be something that you crave during your period. Try to satisfy that craving with something else. Indulging in a lot of ice cream can be very cooling – which has been linked to causing stagnation in your body. The combination of cold and stagnation can lead to an increase in the severity of your menstrual cramps.

Beneficial Foods During Menstruation

There are also going to be types of foods that are great for you to eat. As your body has less energy to spare, it is important to lean on foods that are easier to breakdown and digest. Look towards cooked foods, such as steamed, sauteed, roasted, or stewed veggies. These foods will be nourishing and easy for your body to obtain nutrients from.

You can also add spices and herbs to your food to help support digestion and promote circulation. Try ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, turmeric, caraway, oregano, tarragon, cumin, coriander, fennel, or basil.

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Katherine Knott

Katherine is a certified naturopath and the founding director of Acorn and Oak.   She began studying Naturopathy when she was 18 years old and has practiced in both Melbourne and rural Victoria.  She has also studied 2 1/2 years of nursing and midwifery, but decided that she was happier to work with women as […]

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Alyce Beaton

Alyce is qualified naturopath in Ballarat who loves supporting people on their health journey. Alyce believes optimising and restoring health first and foremost begins with food as medicine and creating healthy lifestyle habits. She is passionate about providing a safe, non judgement environment and endeavours to support her clients with strategies they can implement into […]

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