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Chocolate contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps produce serotonin and gives us a feeling of wellbeing
Maybe in the days prior to the period you feel strange, bloated, your mood changes … And also, you’re very, very hungry. You may feel like eating at all hours, not healthy food, but “junk food” such as pizzas, sweets, cakes and above all … Chocolate!
In fact, it is very common during the days before we have our period to feel like eating chocolate at all hours. We may be very sweet-toothed, but there is also another explanation, which is that apart from providing calories, chocolate contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps produce serotonin and it gives us a pleasant feeling of wellbeing.
A varied diet is better
The solution is simple: we should eat other foods that also contain tryptophan, such as milk and dairy products, eggs, meat or fish, especially blue fish. For those who have a heavy period, it is important to avoid anaemia by eating, both before and during menstruation, foods that are high in iron such as red meat or liver. For those who are vegetarians, or those who do not like meat, they may replace them with dried fruit and nuts.
The body prepares itself for menstruation
Particularly during the days before we have our period it is also common to notice a slight weight gain, which is also accompanied by a feeling of swelling in the abdominal area and breasts. The body is preparing itself for menstruation and is retaining fluids. To help you reduce these symptoms, it is a good option to minimize salt intake as much as possible.