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Do you know the secret to dealing with PMS?

Do you know the secret to dealing with PMS?

If you are a woman, you know Aunt Flo and the experience you have when she comes. Indeed, she’s the one who gives you that annoying bloating and cramping once a month. She’s also responsible for your mood swings and desires for chocolate. Do you know how to get rid of her and her annoying ‘friends?’ Don’t worry if you don’t. The answer lies in your fridge and pantry.

Foods that will help you manage PMS

If you remember that old saying, “You are what you eat!” you should know that it applies to managing PMS equally well. Some foods that you can eat to lessen your PMS symptoms are:

  • Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables and dairy products. Indeed, foods like spinach and cheese are loaded with calcium. Scientists believe that high levels of calcium can help alleviate the symptoms of PMS. The key is to eat at least 1,200 mg of calcium and 700 IUI of Vitamin D a day when ‘Aunt Flo’ comes. You can easily do this by eating the following foods:
    • Milk
    • Cheese
    • Yogurt
    • Soy milk
    • Orange juice with Vitamin D
  • Eat at least three meals a day. Skipping meals is not part of any diet plan that works or that nutritionists would recommend. If you don’t eat at regular intervals throughout the day, your blood sugar levels will decrease dramatically and substantially. This will make PMS symptoms even worse.
  • Eat healthily. This includes eating whole grain breads and crackers, eating lots of fresh colored fruits and vegetables, and eating lots of fresh bright leafy greens. Make sure that you always eat healthily and you won’t even notice when ‘Aunt Flo’ comes. These foods are full of the fiber and nutrients that will keep your hormones in balance at all times. Foods you want to include in your daily meal plans include:
    • Brown bread
    • Brown rice
    • Oatmeal
    • Rye bread
    • Broccoli
    • Red bell peppers
    • Apples
  • Eat sweets in moderation. Okay so pecan pie, kulfi, and twinkies are all deliciously sweet. The problem is that they can upset your already imbalanced levels of progesterone and estrogen. What makes matters worse is that sweets overload your body with refined sugar. This lowers the already low levels of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is the chemical that balances and manages your moods. So if you already suffer from bad mood swings before your period and you eat lots of sugar, expect to feel even worse!


You don’t need prescription birth control pills to manage PMS symptoms

Indeed, you don’t need prescription birth control pills or other medicines to manage PMS symptoms. All you have to do is make a few changes in your diet. If you follow the tips mentioned in this article, you can rest assured that when ‘Aunt Flo and her friends’ come during ‘that time of the month’ you won’t even notice them. You’ll be able to resume your normal life!

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