Sometimes PMS symptoms can be really hard and disruptive, that is why many women look for effective solutions, either healthy foods or herbal remedies, to feel better in those days. Specialists attribute the most common PMS symptoms to chemical changes in female body taking place due to a serious drop of progesterone and estrogen. These hormonal shifts can cause mood swings, irritability, depression, bloating, breast swelling, fatigue, insomnia and other sleep disorders, pain, digestive disorders, emotional and cognitive symptoms, and many others unwanted effects.
In the worst case scenario, these hormonal changes can cause something like a domino effect, which is usually connected with a temporary decrease of endorphines, known as the hormones of feeling good. PMS symptoms commonly last for 3-7 days, and many women are trying to find some comfort and alleviate the symptoms. Thus, many of us have almost instinctive tendency to consume such famous “comforting food” as dark chocolate. This amazing tasty solution work wonders! Packed with such useful minerals as potassium and magnesium, dark chocolate is also a rich source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, known for their numerous health benefits including natural mood boosting properties.
Other known healthy comforting foods include berries, low fat yogurt and other low fat dairy products, fresh fruits, as well as all sorts of food rich in Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E. There are also plenty of sweet comforting foods lie cakes, muffins, doughnuts, apple pies, or whatever, as well as other examples of fast foods. It is absolutely vital and crucial for every woman to avoid using fast food, sweet foods and other unhealthy snacks to relieve her PMS symptoms because such type of nutrition is very harmful to our overall health and is closely linked to developing bad eating habits like emotional overeating and so on.
Also, many experts suggest such easy technique as exercising in order to lower negative effects of PMS symptoms. They underline that 20-30 minutes of walking or moderate jogging can assist us in lightening our mood even better than dark chocolate. I am not sure of a great deal of women will support this idea, but still it is necessary to keep in mind healthy ways of combating our PMS symptoms. Playing with our kids or pets, watching our favorite comedy movie, having a seance of aromatherapy, or learning knitting by hand – those are the examples of health and very good ways to relieve our PMS symptoms.
Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.