Natural Remedies for PMS Symptoms
When that time of the month rolls around you get symptoms that aren’t always pretty. A ton of women suffer from monthly PMS that brings their moods clear down and doesn’t make them feel like themselves.
What is PMS?
PMS is called Premenstrual syndrome. It comes with a lot of symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability, cramps, bloating and depression. Yikes, right?! On top of having your period you also get to enjoy these lovely changes. Well let's talk about natural remedies for your yucky PMS symptoms.
What’s better to increase your mood than to do something good for yourself that makes you feel good about yourself? Self-care is a perfect way to help you get rid of some of that moodiness and gross feeling that PMS brings. Taking a bath, reading a book, doing your hair, putting on a face mask, meditating, whatever it is that makes you feel more like yourself, go for it! It’s so important for us to take care of ourselves, especially while dealing with PMS. When you feel good about yourself and you feel refreshed, your mental health goes up and you have more of a chance of beating some of your PMS symptoms to the curb.
“PMS is called Premenstrual syndrome. It comes with a lot of symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability, cramps, bloating and depression.”
“Making sure you also stay up on your water intake can help reduce your bloating.”
While we don’t always want to acknowledge that our diet can help us out during our periods, it’s true! Eating less sugar and consuming less caffeine can help alleviate some symptoms. Having a healthy diet is always important to keep blood sugar levels where they need to be. Making sure you also stay up on your water intake can help reduce your bloating.
Here are some foods that reduce PMS symptoms: foods high in calcium like reduced-fat milk, cheese and yogurt, complex carbs such as fruits and vegetables, high sources of vitamin D such as salmon, potassium rich foods like bananas, and it’s best to avoid sodium to reduce bloating so watch out for salt, it’s everywhere! These additions to your diet can help get rid of PMS naturally.
Research has shown that exercise can help reduce pain and increase your mood while experiencing PMS. Exercise increases endorphins which in turn, helps you feel better mentally. In some cases, physical activity can even help reduce pain associated with PMS.
Here are some exercises that are great for PMS: Walking or other cardio, strength training, yoga and pilates. Your hormone balance plays a role in how your body reacts to exercise. The two weeks leading up to menstration your body is basically prepping for pregnancy which is when you’ll lack energy. Walking or doing low impact exercises like yoga is best with the lower boost of energy. When you are on your period, your testosterone increases meaning you’ll be able to do more strength training during this time.
Any exercise that is safe for you and your body is a good idea to help lessen PMS symptoms that no one wants to have. Give it a try and see if it benefits you.
“Any exercise that is safe for you and your body is a good idea to help lessen PMS symptoms that no one wants to have. Give it a try and see if it benefits you.”
“Try to get 7-9 hours a night to help your body have the best chance of reducing PMS symptoms”
Sleep is so important for our bodies! When we don’t get the sleep that our bodies need we can experience excessive tiredness, changes in our moods and sensitivity to pain. Sounds super fun, right? Well when combining poor sleep with PMS you are going to get a result that increases PMS symptoms. Nobody wants that. Try to get 7-9 hours a night to help your body have the best chance of reducing PMS symptoms like fatigue, mood swings and more intense cramping.
If you are experiencing PMS and want to give natural remedies a try, consider testing out some of these and see what works best for you!