Mood swings, depression, fluid retention, bloating, cravings, breast tenderness, headaches are common PMS symptoms. Protein shakes balance blood sugar, eliminate toxins with organic food. Meditate and yoga helps deal with stress. Ample exercise is a must for balancing out hormones. Homeopathy and acupuncture may work to relieve symptoms.
Curejoy Expert Dipti Mothay Explains:
According to Ayurveda, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a symptom of a doshic imbalance and it will be different in every woman.
Mood swings, irritability, depression, anxiety, fluid retention, bloating, breast tenderness, sugar cravings, headaches, and sleep disturbances.
According to research about 8% to 20% of women get moderate to severe symptoms a week or two before their monthly cycle begins.
Solution To PMS
Diet is involved in either the development of PMS or contributes to the severity of symptoms. Hence you can modify your diet in the following ways:
- Stop eating refined flour, sugar, and processed foods.
- Cut out caffeine.
- Stop drinking alcohol.
- Balance your blood sugar by eating protein, such as a protein shake, eggs, and nut butters, for breakfast.
- Eat evenly throughout the day and don’t skip meals.
- Increase fiber in your diet from vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains.
- Increase omega-3 fats by eating more wild fish like sardines, herring, and wild salmon, as well as omega-3 eggs and walnuts.
- Eat organic food, especially animal products, to avoid environmental estrogens from pesticides.
- Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day to detoxify your body.
Be Active and Exercise
Exercising is very important for balancing hormones. Aim for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, 4 to 5 times a week.
Dealing with stress is also critical. Take a hot bath at night, get a massage, try yoga, and learn deep breathing or meditation. These techniques and others can help balance hormones.
Try Alternative Therapies
Therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy may help.
Herbs And Phytonutrients
Herbs and phytonutrients can also be very helpful. The best studied and most effective ones are Chasteberry fruit extract (Vitex Agnus-astus), Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa), Cramp bark (Viburum opulus), Dandelion root, Flax seeds and Turmeric.