It's not exactly breaking news that treating your body with some extra TLC during your period can help make your symptoms feel a little more manageable. But you might not know that what you eat throughout your entire cycle - that is, well before you start actually bleeding - can make even more of a difference.
That's because our diet has a direct impact on our hormonal balance, and certain foods can exacerbate things like cramping, mood swings, nausea, and bloating.
"The foods you eat make the hormones that fuel your whole cycle, but by the time you start bleeding, the die is cast. The food changes have to happen before the bleed."
Says nutritionist and hormone expert Alisa Vitti, whose platform, Flo Living, focuses on naturally porting hormonal balance.
That also means doubling down on the foods that help support a happier period, in addition to limiting those that don't.
Learn exactly how your diet can help improve your period.