Symptoms of PMS (but not limit to)
- bloating, cramping
- food craving and aversions, over eating
- emotional highs and lows
- anxiety, tension, irritability, uptight
- lack of motivation
- fainting spells
- Hyper-somnia or insomnia
- breast tenderness
- back pain, abdominal pain
- joint or muscle pain
- weight gain
- Difficulty concentrating
- feelings of anger, rejection, and more
Prevention is key. Most woman experience a difference physically and emotionally during the week leading into their menses. If you notice a great deal of the these symptoms and/ or they interfere with your daily activities then lets change a few things.
- Nutritionally a whole foods diet with minimal processed foods is a nice place to start. Reduce the intake of sugars, refined carbohydrates, salt, caffeine, alcohol, saturated fats, and dairy products will help to balance the body and the changes it experiences.
- Also, increase your essential Fatty acids that you can find in seeds, nuts, and fish!
- Regular exercise is a huge benefit! Exercise increases the oxygen levels in blood which helps with nutrient absorption. Exercise also helps in releasing toxins from the body and balancing hormone levels.
- Stress management.
- Weight loss.
What can you do?
1. Choose high quality carbohydrates like brown rice, whole grains, rye, oatmeal, barley, farro, and whole wheat.
2. Choose low fat or fat free dairy products and use moderation.
(These two steps shown to have great improvement on breast tenderness.)
3. Join a positive social group. A study by Dr Anita Rapkins M.D. showed that woman who suffered from PMS had a decrease in serotonin levels after ovulation. Studies have long shown that abnormal levels of serotonin have been linked to depression. This is why the antidepressant Prozac is popular in elevating serotonin levels. While taking Prozac can be a simple way of elevating serotonin, other studies shown that getting involved in social groups was just as successful in raising levels. I personally feel this to be a more natural way to find an inner peace. For one your can potentially balance yourself while finding support and friendship for times when needed. This is how stress management can be effective. Join a book club, tea group, fitness group, and ext to raise serotonin, decrease depression, and gain support!
4.Step away from the normal American diet. Increase fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, legumes, and eat healthier. A cleaner diet of whole foods has many health benefits but will aid in decreasing symptoms of PMS. Following the Preventive recommendations will have you PMS free in no time.
Specific Nutrients beneficial in decreasing PMS. Focusing on a balanced healthy diet, unprocessed, will give you the needed nutrients listed below.
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Essential Fatty acids
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