#1 – Chocolate
Any woman who gets visited by periods every month knows that chocolate is scared food!
But do you know why you crave chocolate and how it benefits you during your periods?
Studies have pinpointed the reason behind an increase in cravings at that time of the month, explaining that it is due to the fluctuations of estrogen and progesterone hormones which affect your reproductive function as well as organ systems like the urinary tract, heart, bones, and digestive system, and the brain.
When these hormones are their lowest on the perimenstrual phase or during the menstrual cycle, it’s normal to feel hungrier and crave foods that often happen to be chocolate since it’s a culture-bound construct.
Still, chocolate, especially dark chocolate, gives you an abundance of benefits during your periods, in addition to satiating your craving; it is packed with antioxidants, flavonoids, iron, and magnesium which can help your blood flow and compensate for excessive menstruation bleeding which often causes iron-deficiency anemia.