Dreading that time of the month? When you don’t just have to change your whole week to meet Aunt Flo’s requests, but also face her wrath with dreaded cramps, vomiting, fever, lack of appetite, and whatever else you personally go through. Here are some surefire tricks that have been said to relieve those uncomfortable pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, with some added health benefits.
1. Bring On Some Vitamin B
Around 75% of women in the world are said to suffer from PMS. One tip is to consume foods rich in Vitamin B such as beans, bananas, nuts, chicken, in your daily diet. It may not stop the discomfort entirely but will reduce its effects, especially just around the time PMS symptoms start to act up, which is usually 10 days before your period. Why not, keep a bag of mixed nuts or a banana handy during this time?
2. Seek Out Some Vitamin C
Citrus fruits, berries, pineapples, potatoes, and more, are packed with anti-oxidants and vitamin C, which helps reduce bloating, fatigue, breast tenderness, and even heavy flows. Try eating these a week before your periods and consume them raw or half cooked because, cooking removes all their essential nutrients.
3. Eat Up Some Vitamin E
As a natural vitamin that helps ease period cramps like magic, it also reduces the intensity of mood swings and the emotional turbulence during your period. Other PMS symptoms it helps reduces and balance, include heavy bleeding. Take a vitamin E supplement about a week before your period and three days after you get your period. Besides improving your energy levels, those cramps, anxious outbursts, depressive feelings, and cravings will gradually reduce.
4. Calm It Down With Non-Dairy Calcium
5. The Power Of Iron
Heavy blood loss depletes the amount of iron in the body, and can cause anemia, which further causes period cramps too. So, amp up those iron rich foods in your diet too, such as spinach and leafy greens, raisins, egg yolks, soybeans, chickpeas, turkey, oysters, and shellfish. Studies have shown that iron-rich reduce many of those PMS symptoms or at least make them easier to bear.
6. Cram On That Chocolate You Crave
Even those who are not chocolate lovers, will start to crave
7. Manage It with Magnesium
An overlooked but critically needed mineral, those who are low on magnesium face an increase in PMS symptoms and usually more intensely, such as bloating caused by water retention in the bladder, breast pain or sensitivity, mood swings, anxiety, and even depression. Some foods with magnesium include, rice, oats, chocolate, soybeans, and even mixed nuts. Increase the amount of magnesium-rich foods you take and see lesser signs of PMS-ing.
8. Keep It Simple With Complex Carbs
9. Wash It Out With Water
Staying hydrated with fresh juices, water, and the like can drastically reduce bloating during your periods. Make sure to lower those dehydrating habits such as drinking coffee or caffeinated drinks, eating salty foods, alcohol, and sugary foods. Drink around 8 to 10 glasses of warm water a day and indulge in water-rich foods like cucumbers, watermelons, and carrot, to deflate that bloating.