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Eat Right to Help Fight PMS

Most women experience some sort of PMS, including moodiness, irritability, and depression. Those types of emotional maladies can be harder to treat than simply taking a pain reliever for your cramps, so last month I looked into some natural and herbal remedies to help you better deal with the monthly battle. We've heard that omega-3s can help with cramps, so let's explore how eating the right foods can also help fight mood-related PMS symptoms. For some of my recommendations,

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Here are some healthy eating tips to help you deal with PMS-related moodiness.

  • Keep close tabs on your blood sugar levels. If you often get grumpy when you need to eat, this tendency can be exacerbated during PMS time. So try eating five small meals a day, or ingest high protein snacks between meals.
  • Eat lots of complex carbohydrates, such as high-fiber fruits and vegetables, and whole-grain cereals and breads, which can help increase your serotonin levels.
  • Drink lots of water. Really, is there any time this is a bad idea?
  • In the week before your expected PMS phase, cut out as much salt from your diet as you can, as well as red meat and processed foods. This, combined with the water, will reduce bloating and make you feel better.
  • Also, try to cut down on your dairy intake, since dairy products may block the absorption of magnesium, an essential nutrient come PMS time.
  • Avoid caffeine, which can make you more on edge and more jittery than usual.

Got your own tips on eating to prevent PMS? Please share them in the comments section below.

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judyJ judyJ 6 years
I tried changing my already really good diet and had no difference in my PMS and cramps.. then I found these herbs in a packet. It takes the pain away so fast. It's amazing I don't have cramps now. Love that!!!! PMS Relief Herb Pac, it's the only thing that's has ever really helped and I've tried everything for the last 10 years.
lollofit lollofit 8 years
*sigh* I've found that cutting out sugar during that time makes my symptoms much less intense. It is so difficult to do, but it really makes a difference for me.
emalove emalove 9 years
Thanks for the tip, Fit!
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I actually find that drinking milk before my period helps with the cramps
hkdkat hkdkat 9 years
I've noticed when I'm eating better and exercising I have less PMS. Good confirmation on this page.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I eat like this most of time, and find that it doesn't help my PMS. I started taking certain vitamin and herbal supplements, and that eased my PMS significantly.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I need this advice this week :(
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Good to know...
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