The Unexpected Effect Bananas Have On Your Period

Found in virtually every grocery store in America, bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the world. This tasty fruit offers many health benefits, one of which can be beneficial when you're on your period. According to Everyday Health, you should grab a banana the next time you're dealing with PMS. Bananas contain vitamin B6 and potassium, which are two vitamins that can reduce water retention when you're on your period. Retaining water can make you feel bloated and uncomfortable.

Bananas can also help alleviate cramps thanks to their potassium content. According to Livestrong, too little potassium in your system can make cramps worse and eating a banana can help to balance your levels. However, this fruit is more helpful in preventing cramps before they begin. Try eating a banana every day leading up to your period to help alleviate cramps. If you feel nauseous during your period, bananas are also a good food option to opt for. They are easily digestible and may make you feel better if your stomach feels sick during that time of the month.

Other health benefits of bananas

Bananas are a great fruit to eat whether you're on your period or not. Their potassium content can help you when you're dehydrated and is also important in regulating blood pressure and keeping your heart happy (via Healthline). In addition to vitamin B6, bananas are high in vitamin C and healthy carbohydrates. Vitamin C is important for a healthy immune system and carbohydrates are essential for energy levels. Even though bananas do contain a lot of sugar, they still maintain a low glycemic index because of the fiber in the fruit.

Even banana peels offer some benefits. Boiling a peel in a mug of hot water creates a tea that can help you feel sleepy at night. "Bananas are full of various sleep-promoting nutrients, specifically the natural muscle relaxants magnesium and potassium," registered dietitian Eliza Savage, RD, told Well + Good. The peels also have an amino acid called tryptophan in them that can help you produce more melatonin and serotonin, both of which can help you sleep better at night.