Eating certain foods can actually fight PMS symptoms. These everyday foods can relieve cramps, bloating, cravings and mood swings that can throw you off course.
PMS refers to premenstrual syndrome, the group of symptoms that herald the onset of menstruation. You may be one of the lucky women who don’t cancel out of parties or beach dates because you’re feeling so out of sorts, but PMS symptoms can really do a number on many women. An estimated three out of four women in their menstrual years go through some type of discomfort. Bloating, cramps, mood swings, and food cravings are the most common signs.
Hormones are doing a dance on your system and chemical changes in the brain impact your mood. If you’re trying to watch your weight, you may dread this time of the month because of chocolate or junk-food cravings.
Still, PMS symptoms need not control your life. You can feel in charge no matter what time of the month by eating the right kinds of foods. Nutrition experts say that a balanced meal with ample nutrients helps to alleviate PMS symptoms. Skipping meals and filling up on snack foods can cause food cravings to rear their little heads. The general feeling of weariness and running on empty nutrients can trigger the craving for an extra platter of sugar cookies or doughnuts.
Drink, drink, drink, caffeine-free tea, water, and other healthful liquids. Water retention is a common PMS malady and drinking glasses of water can help flush the system. Go for about six or more glasses of water a day. Some fitness experts praise natural fruits that have potassium, such as bananas, for relieving that bloated feeling. They also recommend low-sodium foods. You should avoid salty pretzels and other salty snacks if bloating is one of your PMS problems. Sodium intake should be no more than 2,000 milligrams, and aim for less if you can.
Averting Mood Swings
Mood swings can be curbed by making sure that you eat three meals or five smaller ones from morning to bedtime, and those meals should be low-fat, low-sodium, and full of complex carbohydrates. That includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and some protein too.
Mood swings can range from mild depression to temper flare-ups. Caffeine and alcohol don’t help. Some doctors say that if you find you’re vulnerable to mood swings during this time, shun alcohol, go very easy on caffeine and make sure that you get some exercise. Even a 20-minute walk, once, twice, or three times in a day, for example, can calm your nerves.
Taming Food Cravings
One of your biggest PMS challenges may be getting over the urge to eat chocolate, white fudge, or leftover birthday cake. In order to combat the urge, break out your salad bowl and leafy greens. The magnesium in spinach can relieve PMS cravings for something sweet.