How to Deal with Life When you are Being Tortured by PMS

December 12 2016

Jacqueline Rosenhek

 

If you are a female between the ages of twelve and fifty, there is a chance you still have a menstrual period, which also means you’ve likely suffered the excruciating pain and discomfort combined with a mutual hatred for yourself and everyone around you that can only be slightly extinguished with comfort food, sweatpants or your bed known as pre-menstrual syndrome or PMS. PMS is the unpleasant symptoms that typically come right before or in the beginning of a woman’s period. These symptoms are, but not limited to:

  • Acne
  • Swollen and/or tender breasts
  • Feeling tired
  • Bloating, constipation or diarrhea
  • Specific food cravings
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Headaches and cramps

It may feel like you are dying a horrible, bloated, gassy disgusting death but do not worry, this is actually pretty normal (no, I’m being serious). There are many factors to take into account with regard to the intensity of one’s pre-menstrual syndrome; there are genetics, whether or not you are on birth control or any other medication that could alter your period and of course there is your state of physical and/or mental health. What causes PMS anyway? One of the biggest factors is the change of hormones during the cycle which can cause varying degrees of the symptoms listed above. Hormonal fluctuation can affect your metabolism for salt (hence the bloating), it can cause stress and what can seem like digestive mayhem and awful mood swings. Thankfully there are numerous natural solutions that can help lighten the load you have to drag around with you once a month. Getting on a regular exercise regimen (like an hour and a half of high intensity aerobic activity) scheduled at a few (four is a good standard) times a week will definitely help to diminish pre-menstrual symptoms such as cramps, bloating, anxiety and depression as well as balancing your energy levels. What you eat also plays a huge role in how your period will turn out. Eating a diet rich in magnesium, omega-3’s and vitamins C and B will certainly help to reduce cramps, balance your mood and help to rectify skin issues, especially botanical based omega-3’s like evening primrose oil which not only helps to clear the skin, but is very good at helping you feel balanced. Magnesium is one of the key minerals needed during pre-menstrual syndrome. When women menstruate, they temporarily become more deficient of magnesium which results in a few of the negative side effects of PMS. Magnesium helps to relax muscles and nerves as well as regulate digestion, thus helping to alleviate anxiety, irritability, depression, cramps, breast tenderness, constipation, bloating and water retention. Vitamin C, especially combined with vitamin B will help you feel less sluggish and tired during the day and more energized instead. Foods like fish, beans, whole grains, dark green vegetables, berries, avocados, soy, eggs, kale and chia are all fantastic options for avoiding some of the symptoms of PMS, and rather than find some over the counter pain reliever, it is usually recommended to take a combination of a magnesium supplement with a vitamin B complex for less chemical side effects and to alleviate more PMS symptoms than just cramps. PMS has never been easy, and until further research and studies find and conclude that we can completely eliminate PMS safely, it will probably continue to be just a really irritating time of month for most women to varying degrees, at least now you know some easy natural ways to make it a lot less difficult.  

 

 

 

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