Women's Health Solutions to Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
by Fabiola Castillo
- Mood Swings: The idea here is to gain control of your blood sugar by eating
small meals regularly. Failure to heed this advice allows your blood-sugar level
to decrease and adrenalin levels to increase. The hormone, adrenalin, screws up
your normal hormone balance resulting in mood swings. Eliminating caffeine and
sugar from your diet will also help prevent irritability. After three menstrual
cycles, you will notice a real difference. Keep a stash of health snacks such as
nuts, oatcakes, and fresh fruit to minimize your craving for foods that will make
you feel worse. Definitely, cut out potato chips and chocolate from your diet.
To combat a mood swing, take a multivitamin containing large amounts of B
vitamins. This helps to reduce stress and give you more energy.
- Bloating: You need to stay hydrated. Not taking in enough fluids makes your
body retain any existing fluid you have. This results in swelling, which makes it
difficult to fit into your clothes. Minimize or eliminate your salt intake in the
weeks prior to your menstruation to help reduce PMS bloating. Eat lots of
watery foods, and cut down on your caffeine intake because it can dehydrate
you thus worsening your problem. To deal with bloating, drink herbal teas
containing natural diuretics like dandelion, watercress, and celery to minimize
your body's water retention.
- Fatigue: Maintain your blood sugar. This is tantamount to ensuring there is
enough gasoline in your car to keep it going. Eat snacks often so that you do
not "crash" in the late afternoon. If you consistently feel fatigue, check with
your health care provider to eliminate the possibility of anemia or thyroid
disorders. To help eliminate fatigue, consider taking coenzyme Q10 (coQ10).
Coenzyme Q10 helps to release energy by burning fat. It is a great
vitaminomimetic (vitamin-like substance) in case PMS causes you to feel
excessively sleepy or tired late in the day.
- Headaches and breakouts: The liver is responsible for detoxifying all
hormones your body makes when you are in the premenstrual mode. When
the liver does not function as it should, symptoms manifest themselves in the
form of skin breakouts or PMS-related migraines and/or headaches. Do not
overwork your liver by drinking alcoholic beverages since alcohol will take
priority in the liver's metabolic functions over the hormones. To minimize
headaches and skin breakouts, consider taking milk thistle which enhances liver
function. Zinc supplements are optimal for the skin and general menstrual
- Breast tenderness: Water retention is primarily the cause of breast
tenderness. In addition, there is a molecule found in coffee and chocolate called
methyl-xanthines that can make the breasts feel very tender and
uncomfortable to the touch. Get rid of these from your diet and concentrate on
being properly hydrated. To help get rid of breast tenderness, vitamin E has
been shown to be beneficial for premenstrual breast pain and swelling.
- Cramps: Get regular exercise to relieve cramps. The endorphins released are
naturally occurring opiates. You do not have to engage in strenuous exercise,
but consider doing something mild like yoga or cycling to help increase blood
flow to the pelvic area and relieve cramps in the abdomino-pelvic region.
Exercise also helps with any vomiting, diarrhea, and/or constipation that are
many times associated with menstrual cramps.
For supplemental solutions to cramps, try magnesium to help relax the blood vessels
and muscles. Magnesium helps to open up blood vessels and promote blood flow to
the pelvic region. A lack of magnesium in the diet can cause blood vessels to become
spastic allowing PMS symptoms to get worse.
About The Author
Fabiola Castillo is an online marketer for the website NinjaCOPS SuperStore. This
virtual store sells not only personal defense items but also nutrition products such as
, marine coral calcium, energy supplements,
, heart health supplements, and weight and fat loss
Are you tired of those days of the
months where you can not zip up
your jeans without having to lay
down on the bed, breathing in, or
jumping up and down to get into one
leg? Then you get irritable to top it
off? You are not alone. Ninety
percent of all women suffer from
different degrees of premenstrual
syndrome (PMS). Marilyn Glenville,
PhD, wrote in her book Natural
Solutions to PMS that there exists up
to 150 possible symptoms that can
make you feel terrible and that there
are ways to treat some of the most
common premenstrual problems.
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