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.
- animal fat
- refined sugars like in sweets and chocolates (sorry!)
- dairy products
- 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 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.