I’m generally a fairly even tempered type of person. I have my ups and downs but for the most part, I don’t get upset or grumpy easily. Unfortunately, there’s one particular time of the month when I tend to get more emotional than others. I’m sure you probably know what I’m talking about. Mood swings are just a fact of life – not to mention the cramps and bloating.
PMS symptoms can range from mild cramps to severe mood swings and everything in between. Many people reach for an over the counter solution when they’re experiencing PMS symptoms. Did you know that there are foods that help PMS as well?
Calcium and Vitamin D can help with and possibly prevent symptoms of PMS. According to studies, women with higher levels of calcium intake were less likely to develop PMS. Foods that will help you that contain Calcium are milk, yogurt, hard cheese and kale. Foods high in Vitamin D include things like mackerel, salmon and sardines. Also look for dairy products that have been enriched with Vitamin D.
Magnesium is known to help with relaxing muscles. This makes foods high in magnesium great choices for those suffering from PMS. Foods high in magnesium include almonds, brown rice, garbanzo beans, pumpkin seeds, spinach, whole wheat, oats and wheat bran.
Vitamin B helps your brain to create chemicals that stabilize your moods. If mood swings are one of the symptoms you struggle with, I recommend increasing your consumption of foods that contain Vitamin B like bananas, chicken, turkey, pecans, wheat germs, almonds, beef and eggs.
A few things that may make your PMS symptoms worse include caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, and salt. Remember to make sure you avoid stress as much as possible and exercise regularly to help with PMS symptoms as well.
Have you found other things besides traditional medication that help you deal with PMS symptoms?