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Fitness

What to Eat for an Easier Period

Are you plagued with period pain, fatigue, or other symptoms that turn you into a zombie for the week? Get relief by upgrading your diet. Here, experts share the foods that can boost energy, beat cramps, banish moodiness, and more.
Papaya and Olives with Brown Rice Brown Rice

According to Lippert, sugar and simple carbohydrates are things we commonly crave when we're low-energy due to PMS. "One of worst things to turn to is the quick fix of sugar. Instead, eat fiber-rich complex carbs to maintain your energy levels." There are great complex carb options for any time of day, like oatmeal, sweet potatoes, or whole wheat pasta. Brown rice is particularly beneficial. "Not only is brown rice loaded with slowly digested complex carbs, it's also a top source of magnesium (1 cup delivers 1/4 of your daily dose) which is believed to alleviate bloating. Aim for 200 mg of magnesium per day," says Ansel. Another bloat-buster? Citrus, says Lippert. "It's a natural diuretic, thanks to the potassium. Snack on clementines or oranges, or add lemon or lime to the water you drink throughout the day."

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