How to relieve Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) symptoms


How to ease PMS symptoms

Finding remedies for PMS (also known as premenstrual tension (PMT)) can be as difficult as making the diagnosis in the first place. There are some general changes you can make to your lifestyle that can make a big difference and help to ease symptoms of PMS.

General lifestyle changes that can ease PMS symptoms

There are several measures you can take to control PMS symptoms.

Diet

Reduce

  • salt
  • caffeine
  • animal fat
  • refined sugars like in sweets and chocolates (sorry!)
  • dairy products
  • calcium

Increase:

  • complex carbohydrates e.g rice, pasta
  • minerals (magnesium and zinc)
  • Vitamins A, E and B6 (Vitamin B6 should not be taken in doses more than 50mg 1-2 times daily to avoid damage to the nerves which may show up as tingling and numbness of the arms and legs.)

Exercise

Exercise is a great way of finding relief from PMS symptoms. Advantages of exercise include the following:

  • release of endorphins (“happy hormones”) from the brain which gives you that high you experience when you finish exercising. They also relieve pain amongst other things.
  • helps relieve tension and anxiety
  • improves your general health in terms of weight loss or maintaining your current weight and having a healthy heart.
  • reduces water retention

You need about 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 3 times a week to get the most benefit. If you don’t want to do high impact aerobic exercise like jogging or skipping you can swim, walk or dance which will put less strain on your joints.

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  1. Well anonymous tipper…keep your bias opinions to yourself, its people like you who keep this world depressing…and could you sound more childish by saying like this, like that and like….seriously grow up, Terri’s living her life by looking forward to a better future…and Terri I hope things work out for you

  2. My nipples r sore In the bottom of my stomach hurts some time I craves some food I sleep all-day, some days I snap

  3. Terri maybe it’s like a sign that like you shouldn’t be like having so many like children. This planet is like overpopulated. Like. TWO IS ENOUGH!

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  5. Hi. I’m 33, and for the past 3 months my periods have been on like an 18 day cycle. My husband and I are trying to conceive but no luck. The harder we try the more out of whack my system gets. I have two children already with no complications. The weird thing this month with my cycle is I started on the 8th of January, and if I had a 28 day cycle like before than it wasn’t due until the 18th. I felt like I was ovulating the entire 10 days before starting and the symptoms haven’t ceased since day one of my period and it’s day 4. Day one I barely bled, it looked like implantation bleeding. Day two was fairly light. Day three and presently day four is really heavy and clotty but I haven’t had the cramps nor do I have the pressure I normally feel in my vagina when standing. I still have swollen breast, and serious bloat. I even have crying spells and my emotions are out of whack. Should I worry about cervical cancer or early menopause???? I had a pap recently and it’s normal, like every year. Any advise would be appreciated. My doctor tries putting me on BC but I don’t like BC and most importantly we’re trying to have a baby. Thank you for any insight.

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