Everything You Need To Know About Premenstrual Syndrome
Are you feeling irritable, moody, cranky or depressed? It’s not your life that’s the problem, it’s probably only a matter of Premenstrual syndrome that’s making you feel that way.
Women go through PMS at ‘That Time Of The Month’ as the body’s hormones change through the monthly cycles and the levels of estrogen and progesterone increase during this time of the month. However there are many reasons behind this hormonal imbalance and those are stress, excessive sugar intake, caffeine, diary, pollution and alcohol.
PMS causes a complete shift in our moods that’s out of our control and sometimes catches us off guard too. PMS symptoms occur a few days or weeks before your menstrual cycle. Some of the most common symptoms of PMS are bloating, headaches, breast tenderness, acne, mood swings, back pain, lower libido, digestive upsets, etc. These symptoms for every woman are different, but there are some common PMS relieving cures that every woman can follow.
So here is how you can try to get rid of PMS.
1. Clean up your diet
- A salt heavy diet causes bloating and hence you should avoid it
- Increase intake of fibre enriched foods such as fruits, nuts, leafy vegetables and whole grains a week before your period
- Cut down on caffeine
- Avoid drinking and smoking
- Do not skip meals and eat at regular intervals
- Cut down on refined sugars
- Flax seeds to help balance out the hormones blocking the negative effects of estrogen
Giving in to your chocolate and potato chip cravings is not going to help you deal with PMS. Increased intake of sugar and salt will make things worse for you to deal with PMS.
2. Exercise more
From pacifying PMS symptoms to relieving your body from the menstrual cramps, exercising is essential to give your body that required boost. Just a little bit of workout or a brisk walk is one of the most effective remedies to get you through your period and in the days leading up to it. Exercising stimulates the release of endorphins which helps uplift your mood especially during the period.
3. Reduce stress
Addressing stress plays an important part in toning down PMS. Dealing with stress can get critical for women especially when PMSing and when on the period. Calm your mind down with deep breathing, yoga, meditation, massages. You got to choose your stress buster. Always make sure that you’re happy and
4. Essential oils
Oils like cypress and lavender oil work as a natural remedies to balance hormones that in turn helps ease PMS. Rub 2-3 drops of the essential oil on your lower abdomen and place a warm towel over it. Repeat it whenever you want to.
Follow some of these suggestions and your body will thank you the next time you have your period!