How to Deal with Menstrual Pains and PMS

Some women don’t experience any complications with their menstrual cycles. For others, their menstrual cycle can be a challenge every month. There are the symptoms of PMS (pre menstrual syndrome) such as boating fatigue, pain and mood swings. Pre menstrual syndrome sufferers may experience an array of difficulties and may even have symptoms so severe that hospitalization may occur. There are ways to help your body prepare for the monthly menstrual cycle. There are many natural methods that women can try to help make their menstrual cycle and PMS easier to deal with when the time approaches. Here are a few tips on how to prepare and deal with menstrual pains and PMS.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Water, caffeine free herbal tea and fruit and vegetable juices
  • Calcium supplements (1000 to 1500 mg maximum)
  • Magnesium supplements (500 to 750 mg maximum)

Step 1

The week before you menstruation is a very vital time to prepare. Foots high in fat and sugar should be avoided during this time. Increase your fresh fruits and vegetable intake. An unbalanced diet can make PMS symptoms worse. This is because the body is lacking in essential vitamins and minerals. Cutting out foods with empty calories can help relieve the symptoms of PMS.

Step 2

Caffeine can also be a culprit when dealing with PMS. Cut back your daily intake of tea and coffee when you cycle is about to come on. Increase your water intake and opt for drinks that are caffeine free. Fruit or veggie juices and/or smoothies can help. This is a simplistic but helpful approach. Alcohol should be limited as well.

Step 3

Massage therapy can help relieve the discomfort of PMS. The massage can help lessen tension, encourage circulation and help the body to rid itself of toxins that may help spikes in hormones balance themselves out.

Step 4

exercise is a must. Exercise at least 30 minutes per day. Try and do this 3-4 times every week. The exercise does not have to be strenuous. A walk is low impact and can help improve and regulate mood, energy and may even reduce pain.

Step 5

Take a supplement. Calcium and Magnesium can help with PMS. Since the body is in need of vitamins and minerals, the added calcium allows muscles to relax. This lessens the intensity of cramping due to menstruation. Magnesium assists the body in absorbing the Calcium supplements. You may take up to 1000 mg of Calcium and 500 mg of Magnesium. While you are menstruating you can increase this amount to 1500 mg of Calcium and 750 mg of Magnesium if needed.

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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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