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“Premenstrual syndrome (PMS). US Department Of Health And Human Sciences. It might seem like there is no way out of the whirlwind of symptoms that come with the premenstrual syndrome. However, these few tips can help make things a lot easier for you, especially if you stick with them for the long ha…”
We never truly get used to the “monthly call” from mother nature. Having to deal with pain, discomfort, cravings, breakouts, and wild mood swings can be difficult, to say the least. But do we have no choice but to put up with premenstrual syndrome? Turns out, there are a few ways to alleviate the symptoms of the dreaded PMS. Here are 7 such tips that you might not know of.
1. Try Light Exercise
Exercises might be the last thing on your mind when you’re going through PMS. But, a few studies indicate that it could help reduce symptoms like pain and bloating. While certain yoga poses could help provide temporary relief when you’re doubling over in pain, the key to alleviating PMS symptoms with exercise is to do it regularly.[ref]Yang, Nam-Young, and Sang-Dol Kim. “Effects of a yoga program on menstrual cramps and menstrual distress in undergraduate students with primary dysmenorrhea: a single-blind, randomized
2. Munch On Dark Chocolate
We’ve all been hit with those chocolate cravings when we’re experiencing the symptoms of PMS. Although there isn’t sufficient evidence to support the benefits of dark chocolate on PMS symptoms, they are a better alternative to the regular bar of chocolate, especially when you want to feel better.
This is because dark chocolate has been linked to a boost in the “feel good” hormone serotonin.[ref]Katz, David L., Kim Doughty, and Ather Ali. “Cocoa and chocolate in human health and disease.” Antioxidants & redox signaling 15, no. 10 (2011): 2779-2811.[/ref] It is also known to reduce stress by inhibiting the stress hormone cortisol.[ref]Martin, Francois-Pierre J., Serge Rezzi,
3. Go For An Essential Oil Massage
A massage might just be what you need to ease discomfort, cramps, and mood swings. Studies have shown that aromatherapy and an abdominal massage with essential oils like cinnamon, clove, rose, and lavender effectively reduces pain and stress.[ref]Marzouk, Tyseer MF, Amina MR El-Nemer, and Hany N. Baraka. “The effect of aromatherapy abdominal massage on alleviating menstrual pain in nursing students: A prospective randomized
4. Increase Your Vitamin Intake
Popping pills might not be a bad idea if you’re suffering from PMS, especially if they are vitamin pills. Research indicates that minerals like calcium, vitamin B6, and vitamin E have a significant role in alleviating PMS symptoms.[ref]Whelan, Anne Marie, Tannis M. Jurgens, and Heather Naylor. “Herbs, vitamins and minerals in the treatment of premenstrual syndrome: a systematic review.” Can J Clin Pharmacol 16, no. 3
Often, a deficiency in certain vitamins contributes to heightened PMS symptoms, so it’s best to get a blood test done and consult a doctor before you take supplements. You could also, alternatively, choose to eat foods rich in these vitamins and minerals instead.
5. Catch Up On Some Sleep
While it might seem difficult
6. Drink Red Raspberry Tea
Herbal remedies are popular when it comes to easing menstrual cramps, but one that is worth a try is red raspberry leaf tea.[ref]
7. Switch To A Healthy Diet
We could not miss out on emphasizing the importance of eating right to alleviate PMS symptoms. This includes adding certain foods to your diet such as complex carbohydrates as well as fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals. It also includes eliminating certain types of food from
It might seem like there is no way out of the whirlwind of symptoms that come with the premenstrual syndrome. However, these few tips can help make things a lot easier for you, especially if you stick with them for the long haul.