Cramps, bloating, headache, tender breasts. They’re all symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, a somewhat debilitating condition that affects 85 percent of women during their childbearing years. While not much can be done to prevent PMS, there are ways to soothe it by what you put into your body.
The exact cause of PMS is not known, but according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, certain foods may hurt or help you during the days leading up to menstruation. Follow these guidelines and see if you notice a difference next time Aunt Flo comes to town.
- Salty foods can lead to increased bloating, so if that is one of your PMS symptoms, cut back on your salt intake.
- Cut back on caffeine and alcohol.
- Limit foods high in solid fats and added sugar.
- Eat a balanced, healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy.
Physical activity has also shown to help ease PMS symptoms. Although you may feel like laying on the couch, get out and go for a walk, jog, bike ride or any other kind of exercise you like. Your symptoms may subside and you’ll start to feel better.