Premenstrual Syndrome, aka PMS, is never fun. All you want to do is lie in bed and watch movies while stuffing your face with chocolate and potato chips. We’ve all been there.
But your daily duties don’t stop when you have cramps, so what are some things you can do to alleviate PMS symptoms?
So water isn’t technically a food. However, hydrating can prevent acne onset by hormonal changes and alleviate bloating. If you’re getting enough water, your body won’t retain liquids, which is key to keeping you comfortable.
Greens, greens, and more greens
Leafy green vegetables are a great source of calcium, which is exactly what you need for relief from PMS. However, the need for calcium doesn’t always mean dairy. Dairy (milk, cheese, ice cream, etc.) may make your period symptoms worse because it can increase inflammation. Yogurt is an exception because it contains bacterias that promote healthy digestion.
Like vegetables, fruits can be your best friend during your period. Both pineapples and bananas can help relax muscles and help with bloating. Bananas are rich are vitamin B6 and potassium. Did you know that too little potassium can cause muscle cramping?
Who doesn’t like tea and dark chocolate for a good chill-out session? Green tea can help with cramps, while peppermint and chamomile tea can soothe an upset stomach. Shoot for decaffeinated tea, as caffeine can make you more irritable and bloated, as well as make your breasts more tender. Which we all know is something to actively avoid while PMSing. If you’re looking for something a bit more savory, hummus is your go-to. Since it is made of chickpeas (which contain folate), it can help regulate your sleep patterns.
Exercise and Yoga
Exercise may feel like the last thing you’d want to do on your period. When you work out, however, your body releases endorphins. These naturally occurring chemicals elevate your mood, which will be extremely beneficial if irritability is something you experience while PMSing. If you’re wanting to take it easy during the first few days of your period, yoga is always a great choice. Not only will it help relieve cramping and ease your mind, it also promotes flexibility and is a great way to stay active.