Everything You Need To Know About PMS And How To Manage It
Cramps, bloating, headaches, mood swings at a certain time of the month—if any of these sound familiar to you, then you’re most like among the many women who experience the physical and emotional symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) each month.
While there’s no single cause of PMS, it’s a combination of many different factors from a low level of the hormone called serotonin, thyroid dysfunction, poor or imbalanced nutrition, stress, environmental pollution, and lack of sleep, it’s basically a condition that reveals an imbalance in the body.
PMS occurs during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, a naturally occurring period immediately after an egg is released from the ovary and lasts from day 14 through day 28 of a normal menstrual cycle. While a definitive cure for PMS may not exist for now, you can make the following lifestyle changes and use the treatments available to manage your symptoms:
Eat leafy greens and fruits. Go for the red, orange, greens and yellows! These nourish you with vital vitamins and minerals which is exactly what your body needs. Take a little bit of the bad stuff out (i.e. alcohol, too much caffeine, sugar) and take more of the good food in. Calcium from food sources, as well as supplements also help. Yogurt, milk, soy products, and low-fat cheese are all rich in calcium and can reduce PMS symptoms.
Go for a walk. Walking is a low-intensity exercise that uses your extra energy without making you exhausted and prompts you to breathe in more air, refreshing your body's system. Yoga and stretching are great practices too! Make yoga your relief therapy and you’ll be surprised with how calm and relaxed you will be especially this time of the month. Some say it’s nice to just be lazy on your red days but if you’re feeling bloated, being stagnant won’t help. You have to do the flow to improve your body’s blood circulation because yoga is incredibly soothing for cramps and hormone-induced moodiness.
Yes, you need a little help from your friends! Friends make us feel better, and having them around when you are PMSing offers a little extra comfort. Do activities together even if it’s as simple as watching a movie or window shopping! You can also try to write on a journal and take time to enjoy activities that promote relaxation. And while you’re at it, calendar your period using an app like Flo so you know when to expect to have PMS again.
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