Ladies get excited – there’s now a CHOCOLATE that could help reduce the symptoms of those pesky period cramps we suffer from each month. Hallelujah!
Swiss pastry chef Marc Widmer came up with the idea three years ago when he stumbled across a tea with a unique blend of herbs that was specifically designed to ease the period pain.
It’s quite genius really, as women tend to crave chocolate when they’re menstruating. The bar, which is called Chocolate We Love, is made with a blend of 17 Swiss mountain herbs and retails for the equivalent of $16 AU.
On Marc’s site, Chocolate With Love, he claims the benefits of the sweet treat include better circulation, heart health and also improved mood – kinda handy for that time of the month when we tend to feel a bit cranky!
The only bad news is, this chocolate is only available in Switzerland at present. (Time to start a petition to get it shipped over Oz?)
Why Do We Crave Chocolate On Our Period?
Scientists believe the high hormone levels during the early part of the menstrual cycle cause an increase of insulin in the body.
Insulin regulates your blood glucose levels, and the high level of insulin in your body may result in low blood sugar. And this is why most women crave something sweet, with chocolate usually being the go-to snack.
For healthier chocolate options, try our Healthy Chocolate Lava Mug Cake – which is super easy to make!
What’s more, nutritionist Samantha Gemmell tells The Healthy Mummy that we also crave magnesium on our period, which is ALSO in chocolate.
“When our period hits, nutrition is usually the first thing to go out of the window, with gals cramming chocolate in like there’s no tomorrow and eating the most indulgent foods they can,” she says.
Top Up Your Magnesium Levels
Samantha urges you to put down the chocolate bar and instead reach for a cup of cocoa tea or even try adding cocoa to your smoothies in the morning to help top up your magnesium levels.
Samantha says: “You can also increase your magnesium levels with nuts and seeds and green leafy vegetables.”
Increase Your Intake Of Ginger
Other food tips Samantha has for that time of the month is to increase ginger in your diet.
“Ginger is a natural painkiller,” she says. “Try ginger tea, add it to stir-fries and even add it to smoothies.”
Maybe our delicious Honey, Lemon, Ginger and Chicken stir fry will help?!
Stop Bloating With Potassium
Samantha also suggests eating “coconut water and bananas – as potassium is great for women who bloat up due to salt retention.”
We’ve got a heap of healthy recipes that contain coconut and bananas AS WELL as chocolate, such as our Chocolate And Banana Loaf.
Well, there you have it!
The mystery behind WHY we crave chocolate on our period…SOLVED!
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