This Might Be Why You Crave Chocolate Before Your Period | Period Cramp Relief

Without fail, a week before my period starts I crave chocolate. Chocolate ice cream, candy bars, desserts, you name it and I want it. I never thought anything of it considering the slew of symptoms that come with PMS up until three years ago. I was having muscle aches, twitches, heart palpitations, headaches, and anxiety. 

I checked myself into the ER, and after a series of tests, I was met with a clean bill of health. While I was relieved, I couldn't help but feel disappointed. Soon after my cycle ended, those symptoms subsided and remained at bay until this year. 

My anxiety, muscle twitches, cramps, and headaches returned. The heart palpitations did not (thank God). I searched for clues while listening to podcasts and reading blogs. It was this podcast featuring Dr. Carolyn Dean where I initially learned about the benefits of Magnesium. 

Before we jump into the details, I'm not a medical professional. Please consult with your doctor first before making any changes to your diet. This is simply my experience! 

About Magnesium

According to Medical News Today, magnesium plays a role in over 300 enzyme reactions in the body. This mineral helps regulate blood pressure, supports the immune system, and helps with muscle and nerve function. 

Symptoms of Low Magnesium

I had a mental checklist when I read over the list of symptoms caused by magnesium deficiency. The similarities were striking. Low magnesium can be caused by a diet lacking in magnesium rich foods, stress which depletes magnesium, and the use of diuretics. 

Muscle spasms
Numbness and tingling
Muscle contractions
Irregular heart rhythm

Magnesium and Periods 

According to TOTM, magnesium levels are lower on your period due to hormones changes. Higher estrogen and progesterone levels means lower magnesium. On top of that, prostaglandins cause contractions to help shed the lining of the uterus and increased prostaglandins can cause painful cramps. Taking a magnesium supplement daily can help keep your levels normal, relax these muscles, and relieve pain.  

If you experience sadness or irritability around your period, you're not alone. Magnesium plays an important role in serotonin production. This mineral can convert tryptophan into serotonin, boosting your mood for a happier cycle. 

Foods high in Magnesium

Here's a list of foods that are high in magnesium. Food cravings can be a sign of a nutrient deficiency, and craving chocolate might indicate a magnesium deficiency. Take a look at the list below and see if they're apart of your diet.   

Pumpkin seeds
Dark Chocolate
Whole Wheat

My Results

I started taking magnesium a little over a month ago, and I'm happy to report, I didn't take a single pain reliever during my cycle! I still had cramps, but they weren't horrible. I was in shock when my period came because I normally get a heads up via changes in my mood. That is a huge improvement in my book! Typically I'm curled up in a ball on the floor, crying for the pain to stop. We shall see how the next month goes, but so far so good!

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