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Ways to manage PMS

If you struggle with severe symptoms of PMS there’s nothing worse than having to buckle down for a week of feeling like the world is ending and that there’s no hope of ever finding relief. But hark! There’s hope! Here are a few natural ways to combat the dreaded PMS blues.

Exercise regularly

It’s a proven fact that physical activity can improve your mood and combat depression. A mere 30 minutes a day can work wonders. The endorphins produced while exercising will counteract the hormonal changes, boost your energy and help with cramps and bloating.

Diet

Having a healthy, balanced diet goes a long way in combating PMS symptoms. Cut out simple carbs and sugars as you go into your PMS cycle and eat 6 small meals through the day instead of 3 large meals. This will ensure that your blood sugar levels stay balanced. It’s best to avoid caffeine and alcohol.

Eat food that is rich in protein and high in complex carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Supplements

Supplements are your greatest ally in fighting off PMS symptoms. A few key supplements to try are calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, vitamin B6, starflower oil and evening primrose oil. To combat feelings of anxiety you can also try taking L-Theanine.

Reduce stress

Ensure that you are getting plenty of sleep, be kind to yourself and practice relaxation techniques through mindfulness, breathing exercises, yoga or massage.

See a doctor immediately if you’re experiencing unbearable symptoms such as depression, anxiety and extreme rage as you may have PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) which is treatable with the correct meds. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have shown to be extremely effective in treating women with severe PMS and PMDD.

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