The other day I got my period. Nope, that’s not the confession this post is about – come on, I’m in my mid-twenties, I’ve been there quite a few times already. I’m about to confess how utterly surprised I was about how strongly pineapples influence your period.
How it all started…
I was already on the third day of my period and as a fact, I knew that my flow should have gone back by then. I love tracking everything about my period, which results in knowing it pretty well. So I was really surprised that on day 3 there was still quite a lot of blood in my Ruby Cup (that’s one of the advantages of using a menstrual cup: you get to monitor your menstruation a whole lot better than with soaked up tampons or pads). And also, all of a sudden those mean motherf*cking cramps came back. That’s when I knew something was up.
I tried to remember if I had done anything to insult my period karma. I had been quite conscious about my choice of food this time, trying not to succumb too much to the PMS-munchies. No caffeine, no alcohol, no crisps. I even read something about pineapples and periods on Pinterest, so I bought a lovely pineapple and had been feasting on it the past few days. #healthydiet, I thought.
Are pineapples suitable period food?
That depends, I’ll get to that down below. First, I have to confess that I might have exaggerated a little about actually reading an article about pineapples and periods. I correct myself. I saw a picture of pineapples (come one, it’s Pinterest), with a caption that contained the words “foods” and “period”, so I concluded pineapples are good period food.
I probably should have read the full article, because actually, pineapples have quite a strong effect on your blood flow. In the sense of increasing your blood flow. A lot. #helloheavyflow
3 ways how pineapples influence your period:
1.) They increase your blood flow
Pineapples increase the production of red and white blood cells. Therefore they can lead to an increased blood flow and possibly a heavier period than you may normally have.
2.) They can induce an early period (and miscarriage)
Pineapples contain bromelian, which affects your uterus lining by softening it and helping it shed. That’s also why it’s recommended to skip eating big amounts of pineapples during the first few months of pregnancy. Especially if you have irregular periods or are waiting for your period – wait no more for the red flow to be back in town: eat some pineapples and she’ll be there faster than you can say…”pineapple”.
3.) They also relax muscles
Apparently, that same bromelain that softens the uterus is also an enzyme that helps muscles to relax and is said to help when suffering from menstrual cramps – yippie! Although I can’t really say that that worked for me (actually quite the opposite), but hey, everybody is different. So that’s that.
Should you stop eating pineapples during your period?
You don’t have to stop eating pineapples while you’re on your period. Just remember to eat them moderately while menstruating, unless you want to induce your period. Or try for yourself if they help with your menstrual cramps!
Tell us in the comments if you’ve noticed pineapples influencing your period. We’re curious!
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