How to Get Rid of PMS

PMS or pre-menstrual syndrome, happens about two weeks before your period and may be so bad that it affects your quality of life. While many people joke about it being “that time of the month”, PMS can be painful, frustrating and humiliating for women who are otherwise calm and rational. With symptoms from weight gain and breast tenderness to back ache and mood swings, it’s no wonder that women the world over look for ways to limit the severity of their symptoms and regain control of their lives.

 

How do I know if I have PMS?

  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Weight gain
  • Aggression
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Headaches
  • Backaches
  • Food cravings
  • Overeating
  • Fatigue
  • Tearfulness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Depression

 

How can I prevent PMS?

Though PMS cannot be prevented as it is directly related to the hormones produced during the menstrual cycle, it is possible to help control and alleviate the symptoms of PMS through education, nutrition, exercise and rest.

 

How can I treat PMS?

  •  Eat a well balanced diet, this way your body is getting all the nutrients it needs. And break up your meals so that you’re having smaller meals throughout the day and keeping your blood sugar steady.
  • Avoid sugary drinks and foods so that you don’t suffer from a sugar drop.
  • Avoid caffeine. It can make irritability, anxiety and mood swings worse.
  • Eat complex carb snacks to help elevate mood and curb cravings.
  • Avoid meat; some meats such as beef contain synthetic estrogen which will just make things worse.
  • Limit your salt intake; it increases bloating and breast tenderness.
  • Stress management is key to keeping your body calm.
  • Exercise. It releases endorphins and can help with bloating.
  • Sleep well and often.
  • Eat oatmeal! It breaks down slowly keeping you from having a blood sugar crash. Go for whole grains in your pasta too.
  • Eat seeds. Sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds are all high in omega-6 fatty acids which are often missing in women who suffer from pms.
  • Use a warm compress on your stomach to help ease cramps.
  • Avocados, dates, plums, eggplants, papayas, plantains and pineapples all have serotonin which helps to elevate mood.
  • Bananas, figs, currants, potatoes, broccoli, onions and tomatoes are all rich in potassium which helps to reduce bloating and water retention.
  • Eat foods high in B6’s which helps to relieve depression.
  • Eat a tablespoon of aloe vera gel with a pinch of pepper to help alleviate back and abdominal pain.
  • Brew cinnamon tea sweetened with honey before bed. It  will help you relax.
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