How to Beat Pre-Menstrual Syndrome Blues


Feeling grouchy? Then it must be that time of month again when you have to deal with bloatedness, moodiness, abnormal food cravings, and bouts of depression. One thing about Pre-Menstrual Syndrome is you know when it is coming. And when it does, you’ve got to be prepared. Here are a few tips that will keep you from having that dreadful PMS blues:

  • Do the opposite of what you feel like doing like avoiding foods that you tend to crave “pre-menstrualy” such as sweets, sour, and high-salt foods.
  • Eat three small meals a day. For snacks—that’s mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks—eat foods that are high in complex carbohydrates, such as cheese and crackers, bran muffin, whole wheat bread with peanut butter and fruits.

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome Blues

Did you know that two of the most important nutrients for women are iron and calcium? Iron helps build healthy bones while calcium is necessary for healthy blood and strong muscles. For your daily iron allowance, eat about four ounces (112 grams) of meat or chicken a day. Combine this with iron-rich food such as eggs, beans, dried fruits, and whole-grain foods. Eating vitamin C-rich food will also help the body absorb iron. For your daily calcium allowance, drink milk and eat calcium-rich foods such as cheese, broccoli, yogurt, lettuce and green, leafy vegetables.

  • Drink six to eight glasses of water daily. This will help flush excess water from your system and prevent dehydration.
  • Avoid caffeine. It will only worsen anxiety and irritability.
  • Exercise regularly—at least thirty minutes, three times a week.

In ten days or so before a menstrual period many women feel bloated, tense and irritable. For some women, this may interfere with their concentration at work, their driving ability and their family life. He cause is hormonal. Vitamin B6 helps about fifty percent of sufferers.  For the rest, hormone treatments, usually consisting of taking progesterone, can be prescribed by our doctor.

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About the Author: Andrew Reinert is a health care professional who loves to share different tips on health and personal care. He is a regular contributor to MegaHowTo and lives in Canada.

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