Undisputed fact: Periods typically aren’t fun and many of us spend a lot of time and money trying to curb the pain-inducing side effects, like cramps and uncontrollable mood swings. There seems to be a pill or potion for just about every symptom, but there’s also plenty of healing power in the food we eat. And since we could all use more health-conscious habits and cost-effective hacks, we’re ready to take back control with an expert-approved plan for that time of the month.
With the help of Dr. Charles Passler, Nutritionist and the Founder of Pure Change, and Dr. Luke Bucci the VP of R&D for Ritual, we’ve put together a primer on the best foods for relieving the most common period symptoms. Of course, the gamut doesn’t stop here, but it’s certainly a good place to start. Step away from the junk food and add these nutritious ingredients to your shopping list, STAT.