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Oh, the joys of PMS. Bloating, cramps, irritability, headaches. They are just some of the things we love about getting our periods (not). 

It can only take one (or all combined) of these little gems to ruin your entire day but a great way to keep these issues at bay is to stock up on some special food for that time of the month that will help subside even some of the worst symptoms:

Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts

High-fibre veggies can ease bloating. Their high water content help push things along and rid the puffiness and discomfort we sometimes feel. 

 

Salmon and Chia Seeds

If your period brings a case of the blues each month, add a dose of omega-3. These little fatty acids can boost your mood and also keep the little menstrual blues at bay. 

 

Bananas

Disrupted sleep is common for many women right before their period is due. Make sure to get your z's by eating bananas, which contain melatonin – a sleep-aid hormone that's secreted at night and helps regulate your body's natural rhythms. 

 

Eggs

These PMS cravings are no joke, we know! But the best defence is a good offence: stay ahead of hunger! Start your day off with a good breakfast that is rich in protein and healthy fats. An omelette will help you feel satisfied and energised for the day. 

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While creams and washes can keep acne at bay, you can actually help clear up your skin through your diet. 

What you put into your body reflects how it looks on the outside, after all.

So if you want to keep blemishes at bay, try incorporating the following foods into your diet.

Your skin will be glowing and clear in no time.

Oily fish

Oily fish like salmon or tuna provides your body with biotin, a B vitamin that produces fatty acids and metabolises amino acids. A deficiency of biotin can cause – among other things – scaly skin, which clearly, no one wants.

 

Chia seeds

Omega-3 fatty acids help maintain cell membranes by protecting the skin and also providing it with moisture. Chia seeds are rich in these fatty acids – so chomp down on a few a day.

 

Almonds

Almonds are packed with vitamin E, which helps you maintain healthy skin. As well as keeping your skin glowing, vitamin E also protects your skin from damage caused by the sun (just don't replace it for sun screen!).

 

Sweet potatoes

Eating a produce-rich diet provides your body with lots of water, which keeps your skin and cells hydrated. Loading up on colourful veg, such as sweet potatoes, has been shown to enhance your skins colour, making it bright and radiant. 

 

Sunflower seeds

These little seeds provide excellent nutrients to help your skin recover from free radicals in the environment. Eating a handful of these a day will help keep your skin glowing, while fighting away any nasty infections. 

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Brazil nuts
Tasty and full of nutritional value.  Brazil nuts are tiny fat burners that can boost your metabolism by converting the thyroid hormone into its fully active state.

Chia Seeds
Don’t look the most appetising but these seeds are filled with omega-3 fats, protein and fibre which can help suppress your appetite.

Salmon Fillets
The protein in salmon has been proven to help create a toned stomach. Salmon strips can help decrease abdominal fat and the omega-3 improves insulin sensitivity which will shrink your stomach.

Oysters
Usually something you have to grow to like, but oysters only have 50 calories per six clams and is also high in zinc which again can help decrease your appetite.

Coffee
While it’s not a good idea to rely on the drink coffee too much, it has been proven that it simulates adrenaline, which then relays a message to the stored fat to in fact start burning the fat. It is a good drink to have about 20 minutes before a workout because of the energy and intensity it gives you.  But make sure its black coffee as milk can slow down the burning process.

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