Those who menstruate can experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS). This is a group of both emotional and physical symptoms that appear a week or two before menstruation occurs. The good news is that there are some remedies that could help with the PMS.
This article takes a look at how you can treat PMS at home.
Manage your Stress
If you often feel stressed before your period, you could work on managing it. Yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises can all help. Give yourself time to relax and express your emotions. Do this in a safe environment so you can nurture and nourish your feelings.
You might find that daily stress management can help you even when you’re not premenstrual. The more you deal with your stress, the less effect it will have on you. If you get used to relieving stress, chances are you will feel better when you have PMS and when you’re on your period.
An exercise routine can make a difference to your PMS symptoms. This is because exercise can release happy chemicals, which can boost your mood. Serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins are those chemicals that are released when you exercise. This is why it can prove helpful to exercise before and during menstruation.
Exercise can also help you to let go of stress, and that can only be a good thing.
You might also consider having physical therapy if you have a lot of back pain. Alternatively, you might just want a few tips that can help you take care of yourself while you have PMS.
Limit your Sugar Intake
Did you know that reducing your sugar intake can help reduce symptoms of PMS? Instead of eating a lot of sugar, it’s recommended that instead, you consume complex carbohydrates.
If you are susceptible to bloating, you could reduce your salt intake. This can also help to reduce breast swelling and tenderness, along with water retention. Lay off those chips and other salty snacks. You could find that a slight change to your diet helps to alleviate those uncomfortable symptoms.
Consider Taking Calcium
At the time of writing, calcium is the only supplement that has shown to be consistently therapeutic. A three-month study showed that 48% of women who took calcium daily had reduced symptoms.
Another study showed that women who had a high calcium intake were less likely to have PMS.
Foods that contain calcium are almonds, dairy products, leafy green vegetables, and sesame seeds. Try to eat at least a few of these foods daily, even if you don’t have PMS at the time.
If your intake of vitamin D is also good (400 IU a day), you should also have a lower risk of suffering from PMS. This is because vitamin D helps the body to absorb and metabolize calcium.
Use the above tips to help you treat PMS at home. With a little bit of work, you too could find that your symptoms are a little better each month.