Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Combating PMS!

You really are what you eat! Especially around your monthly cycle. Believe it or not, the kinds of foods women eat just before the onset of their period can help to lessen those ravaging PMS (Premenstrual syndrome) symptoms and can keep you as cool as a cucumber approaching that dreaded 'time of the month'.

PMS symptoms typically occur around 5 to 11 days before the onset of your period and vary from person to person. These tormenting symptoms often include: 

  • Bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches 
  • Moodiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Constipation
  • Forgetfulness
  • Low sex drive
  • Poor self image
  • Sleep problems
  • Food cravings
  • Clumsiness
  • Low tolerance to light and sound
  • Acne
In order to lessen the severity of these symptoms however, here are a few things you can try:

Start with a Healthy Breakfast! 

A healthy combo of protein and complex carbohydrates will keep your blood sugar levels stable for a much longer time and will stave off hunger longer as well. This keeps you from crashing before lunch. About two eggs, a slice of whole wheat toast and a piece of fruit would be ideal.  

Eat Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

The high levels of essential nutrients and Omega 3's found in fish such as salmon/tuna or in nuts (in moderation) regulate your hormones and stop spikes, which render you a premenstrual monster! Try to get at least a serving of these daily, leading up to your period. 

Ease Up on Caffeine!

Caffeine raises cortisol (stress hormone) levels which is the last thing you need around that time!

Take Magnesium.

Magnesium is a mineral that has a calming effect on the body and combats irritability. Lentils and whole grains have loads of it but I'd opt for a supplement in order to get an adequate amount. 

So the next time you come across a female who just seems like a total bitch, just think...either she really is one... or, is just totally PMS'ing!

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