7 Foods That Can Help Ease Your Period Symptoms, According to Dietitians

Lauren Manaker

You may not realize it, but your diet during that time of the month can have a huge impact on your period symptoms. While you may want to go to town on a pan of double-fudge caramel brownies or a supersized-order of salty fries, what your body really needs is nutrient-rich foods that are low in salt and added sugars. Bummer, I know.

When your period arrives, "you can certainly tune into your diet to make sure you are nourishing your body just right with the nutrients it needs," Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN, author of Instant Pot Cookbook For Dummies, told POPSUGAR. Along with proper exercise and adequate sleep, including these foods in your diet every month may be the ticket to a more pleasant period.