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There's a pretty solid chance you've experienced the famous week or so of PMS. PMS or Premenstrual Syndrome is having symptoms right around the time you'll be getting your period. Symptoms include:
PMS can include one or more symptoms of the mentioned above. If you experience these symptoms month after month and feel like you can barely stand being around your own self... (I'm literally laughing as I write this because it's so true) but nonetheless, I give you 5 Natural Remedies to help minimize your PMS symptoms.
Omega 3 - Adding Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet may reduce the psychiatric symptoms of PMS including depression, nervousness, anxiety, and lack of concentration and may also reduce the somatic symptoms of PMS including bloating, headache and breast tenderness.
Some foods that provide Omega-3:
Fish and other seafood (especially cold-water fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring, and sardines)
Nuts and seeds (such as flaxseed, chia seeds, and walnuts)
Plant oils (such as flaxseed oil, soybean oil, and canola oil)
Fortified foods (such as yogurt, juices, milk and soy beverages)
2. Vitamin B - B vitamins may guard against PMS by helping synthesize brain neurotransmitters. Some foods that provide Vitamin B:
Whole grains (brown rice, barley, millet)
Meat (red meat, poultry, fish)
Eggs and dairy products (milk, cheese)
Legumes (beans, lentils)
Seeds and nuts (sunflower seeds, almonds)
Dark, leafy vegetables (broccoli, spinach, kai lan)
3. Calcium - Calcium and vitamin D supplementation can increase serum levels of these 2 micro-nutrients and may eliminate or reduce the severity of PMS symptoms.
Some foods that provide Vitamin D and Calcium:
Fatty fish like tuna, mackerel, and salmon
4. Working Out - Staying healthy and active during your period can ease cramping, bloating and mood swings. Some exercises you should try:
Brisk Walking: Aerobic exercises or cardio can ease cramps and other PMS symptoms. If cramping is your main symptom try jogging, yoga or any exercises that increase your energy.
All of the above are good choices to improve your mood by boosting important brain chemicals or endorphins.
5. Meditation - Meditation has been demonstrated to improve physical and emotional symptoms of PMS, especially in people with severe PMS. Some perks and changes you'll experience after meditating are:
Increased self awareness
Reduced stress hormones
Increased loving and trusting feelings in the mind. These emotions ease muscled tensions and counteract depression and anxiety. Through meditation, you can actually change the negative nature of your thoughts and reduce you mood swing naturally without being medicated or using unnatural substances.
Remember: Mother Nature provided us with a remedy to every sickness! The healing she provides cannot be compared to any unnatural substances we have available to us today.