PMS (premenstrual syndrome) affects rather a high percentage of women, especially during their childbearing stage. It can cause wild, uncontrollable mood swings —causing different emotions such as crying, anxiety, anger and back to a brief moment of stability in emotions all in one day— amongst women just before their menstruation cycle.

It’s so common…

As many as three in four women experience at least some PMS symptoms at some point in their lives. You may be more likely to experience PMS if you have high levels of stress, a family history of depression, or a personal history of depression and/or postpartum depression.

Thankfully, there are tips and remedies available for you to follow if you think PMS is getting the better of you. These include diet modifications, exercises, and more

WATCH WHAT YOU EAT

Avoid caffeine, and reduce intake of salty foods to prevent bloating and fluid retention. Increase intake of foods rich in complex carbohydrates, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. You can also add a daily calcium supplement pill to your diet for added strength.

ONE WORD: EXERCISE

Incorporate at least 30 minutes of an exercise routine in your daily life throughout the week. This can include brisk walking, cycling, swimming or any other aerobic action your choice. This not only improves your overall health but can elevate your mood, and reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and/or fatigue.

MANAGE YOUR STRESS

Engage in measures that play an active role in reducing your stress levels. This may include a deep-tissue full body massage, breathing exercises, or even something simple like having your buddies over for casual GT to take your mind off of stress.

CATCH UP ON YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP

A good night’s sleep can do wonders for restoring one’s overall health. A menstruating woman must take at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep during the menstruating cycle to give the body ample time to rest and recover.

CONSIDER SUPPLEMENTS

through blood, the body loses many of its nutrients. You can restore them back by taking suitable supplements but only after discussing it with your doctor to ensure what’s needed or not by your own body. Vitamin supplements like magnesium, vitamin E and vitamin B-6 have all been reported to soothe symptoms.

DON’T SMOKE

Another common problem is women who are habitual smokers report PMS.

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