Effect of Diet On Female Reproductive System

Most of us would think that the only association between food and our reproductive system is the weird cravings we have when we get our menstrual period. However, there is actually more to that than we might think.

What we eat can affect our PMS symptoms, our chances of getting pregnant and even our menstrual cycle.

The weird craving for certain foods is triggered by the increase in our hormone levels during our period. Unfortunately though, some of the foods we crave can make our symptoms even worse. This is why it is important for us to make the right decisions when choosing our food.

Eating right

Crash dieting or eating high-fat foods can put us at risk of developing amenorrhea or the absence of one’s menstrual period. Eating unhealthy foods can seriously affect our hormone levels. Here are some of the things that we should eat to control our PMS symptoms and to help us become healthier in general.

Calcium. It is important that you get enough calcium everyday. Women require at least 1,200mg of calcium everyday. Good sources of calcium are low-fat milk and yogurt. If you do not drink milk, you can opt for soy or rice milk and tofu. Fermented soy products are a good source if phytoestrogens which can imitate the estrogen in our body. Too much or too little estrogen can affect our fertility.

Complex carbohydrates. Good sources of complex carbohydrates are whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. They are also good sources of fiber.

Lots of water. We are often told to drink 8 glasses of water a day. But during our period, we lose 80ml of blood, thus it is important to replace the lost fluid in our body. It is recommended that we drink 200mg of water per day.

Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that aids blood circulation and which also helps alleviate some PMS symptoms. Good sources of Vitamin E include egg yolk and avocado.

Vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 help metabolize proteins and red blood cells. Studies have also found vitamin B6 to alleviate depression. It is recommended that we get 100mg of vitamin B6 per day. Go for vitamin B6-rich foods like oatmeal, potatoes and bananas.

Vitamin C and zinc. These two nutrients help keep our eggs and our entire reproductive system healthy.