If you are a woman, you may have felt the symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) at some point of your life. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms usually start a few days before a woman’s menstrual cycle. Though frustrating, PMS can be treated or prevented by using a few home remedies.
What causes Premenstrual Syndrome?
More than 85% of women will suffer with PMS at some point-mainly due to body changes. Too much aldosterone (adrenal gland hormone) and prolactin (pituitary gland hormone) play a big part in bringing on PMS symptoms.
Common symptoms of PMS may include; anxiety, depression, tender breasts, bloating, cramps, mood swings, lower back pains, acne, weight gain, fatigue, food cravings and headaches.
What can a woman do to remedy or prevent these symptoms?
There are many over-the-counter medicines to treat Premenstrual Syndrome, but if you want to take care of it naturally, there are many home remedies available as well.
The following are some home remedies for relieving some or all PMS symptoms and some can prevent symptoms.
Cramp Relief Remedies.
A popular home remedy to relieve PMS cramps, although alcohol could cause sugar cravings.
Peppermint or chamomile tea served hot can combat PMS stomach cramps. Try adding a teaspoon of lemon juice for added relief.
Add one cup of baking soda to your bath and soak for 30 minutes.
Wet a kitchen towel in plain water and heat in microwave. Apply to your stomach for relief.
Mood Swing Relief Remedies.
Easy your mood with a cup of cinnamon tea before going to bed.
Vitamin B6 actually combats a lot of PMS symptoms besides mood swings. You can also help with fluid retention, bloating, sugar cravings, breast tenderness and fatigue. Some foods that you can find this vitamin in are chicken, bananas, brown rice, sweet potatoes and peanut butter.
Fruits such as oranges, grapefruit and lemons reduce stress related to PMS.
Get in a better mood by eating avocados. They contain a natural serotonin that lifts your spirit. Other serotonin-rich foods are papayas, pineapples and plums.
Bloating Relief Remedies.
Exercising encourages blood flow and fights fluid retention. This can also make you in a better mood!
Potatoes, broccoli, figs, onions, tomatoes and bananas help ease bloating associated with water retention from PMS.
Tender Breasts and Skin Problems Remedies.
Vitamins A and D
Take vitamins A and D to help treat the acne. Some foods to try are mushrooms, whole grain cereal and soy milk.
Treat painful breasts by taking a vitamin E supplement.
Preventing PMS Symptoms.
Absorbing calcium into your system helps prevent PMS symptoms. Take 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams of calcium supplements daily to relieve and prevent many PMS symptoms. If you don’t want to take supplements, you can eat low-fat yogurt, salmon, almonds, soybeans and whole grain pancakes.
Watch your salt intake.
Cut down on your salt intake to prevent water retention.
Increase fiber intake.
Eating fiber will decrease estrogen level. Add vegetables and whole grains to your meals daily.
Kick the caffeine habit.
Cutting down or eliminating caffeine daily will help reduce mood swings, painful breasts, and irritability.
Magnesium in pasta encourages a stable hormonal function. Just as runners eat pasta the night before a race to prevent muscle cramps, you can use this to help with menstrual cramping as well.
PMS is not fun and can upset daily life, but you don’t have to suffer. Using one or more of these home remedies can help you still live a normal life-even during that monthly visit.