What to eat on your period when you have zero energy, according to experts

What to eat on your period when you have zero energy, according to experts

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Not only do periods sneak up on you without warning, but menstruation can also sap all of your energy and motivation to do nothing but nap 24/7. And who has time for that?

Despite the cultural cliche that PMS-ing women need ice cream and other sugary cravings to cope with their period pain and mood swings, it’s actually not a pint of rocky road that will help put some pep in your step during your period. So we spoke with experts to see what foods they recommend noshing during your period.

Instead of grabbing for the nearest trans fat, munch on these expert-approved foods to rev up your energy.

Iron-rich foods

Did you know that iron deficiency is reported as being the most common nutritional deficiency in the U.S.? And that women, especially those with heavy periods, are most at risk? That’s because bleeding reduces the amount of iron in our bodies, so it’s important to eat iron-rich foods when you’re menstruating to avoid anemia, a condition that can cause extreme fatigue and loss of energy.

“Many women tend to have low iron levels anyway, so adding your menstrual cycle on top of that is just a terrible combination,” San Antonio-based certified nutrition coach and personal trainer Hope Pedraza told HelloGiggles. “When it’s that time of the month, try eating foods high in iron like legumes, organic meat, wild fish, dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, which are all great sources of iron.”

Pedraza also pointed out that many foods rich in iron also contain high levels of magnesium, a nutrient that has been shown to reduce PSM and other period symptoms.

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