Menstruation

Top 7 Foods & Drinks That Help Fight Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

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Menstruation is something that every woman should accept and embrace. It might get ugly and messy every month but that’s what makes womanhood exciting.

Although there are some women who claim to have stopped menstruation, it’s imperative to deal with it and get familiar with your female body.

The only option to stop menstruation is to take birth control pills. However, for some girls, it would sound unhealthy and unnatural.

If you’re thinking of stopping your period because you hate PMS especially menstrual cramps, then you better think again.

Did you know that there are some natural remedies to ease your swollen breasts, back pains and other menstrual troubles? Drinking the right herbs and eating the right foods are just one of the many natural remedies that you can try.

Here are the 7 foods that helps fight Premenstrual syndrome:

1. Parsley

parsley for PMS

Parsley tea is one of the best herbs to ease your PMS. It contains a compound called apiol which helps regulate your irregular menstrual cycle and ease your period pains.

It’s also the herbal drink for you if you want to bring on a late period. You can add honey if you want to sweeten your tea.

How to prepare parsley tea?

Mix it with a hot water in a pitcher and add some honey to taste.

2. Chocolate

Chocolate Fights PMS

There’s a kid in each of us. Every adult is somewhat still attached to childhood food cravings such as candies and chocolates. Chocolates contain magnesium which is responsible in increasing your energy and relieving cramps.

When you’re on your period, you tend to be moody and irritable. Having mood swings is part of having PMS. And when we’re feeling terrible, generally women turn to sweets.

Chocolates have “happy hormones” or endorphins that make you feel happy and you feel good about yourself. These are same endorphins that are released by your body when you’re having sex or exercising.

Endorphins don’t just improve your mood but they also help you deal with pain. Chocolates are also high in iron for you not to feel tired. When you are menstruating, you tend to have low energy because you don’t have enough iron in your body.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar for PMS

Basically, what the apple cider vinegar does is it removes the toxins from your body. Such toxins are responsible for making you suffer when you are on your period.

How to use apple cider vinegar for cramps?

  1. Mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. If the taste still bothers you, you can add lemon or honey.
  2. Drink it  once or twice a day.

Fact:

The apple cider vinegar is not just for cramps but it’s also good for PMS like bloating, etc. You can read more about the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar here.

4. Iron Rich Foods

Iron Rich Foods Fights Premenstrual Syndrome

Women believe that releasing blood monthly is normal. However, every girl needs some menstrual education once in a while. Eating iron rich foods is important because it helps make up for the blood you lose every month.

For those women who experience heavy flows, they are at high risk of having iron deficiency anemia. Anemia is the reason why you’re feeling dizzy, out of breath most of the time, and tired all the time. It’s also the reason why you are easily irritated.

Ask your doctor about your iron levels. Some women have very low iron levels that it wouldn’t be easy for them to replenish immediately.

What are some iron rich foods?

  • Red meat
  • Beans
  • Seafood
  • Poultry Meats

5. Avocado

Avocado Fights PMS

Avocados are best for easing cramps and PMS. Your menstrual cramps are caused by your uterine contractions and inflammation. Avocados are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that help ease menstrual pains as well as premenstrual syndrome.

According to a study in the journal Reproductive Health found that women given a pill containing a mix of essential fatty acids significantly reduced their PMS symptoms. Another study published in Nutrition Research in 2000 found that women who supplemented their diet with omega-3 fatty acids in fish oils also found relief. – Source: http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/foods-decrease-your-pms-symptoms

If you suffer from cramps, then you might want to include slices of avocados in your diet. Or you can make your own avocado smoothie.

If you need some natural remedies for your period cramps, check out this article from Anigan.com, “How To Get Rid of Period Cramps: 20 Natural Remedies to Ease the Pain“.

6. Fish Salmon

Fish Salmon for PMS

You know you’re tired all day when you’re having your period. Not to mention your PMS symptoms. Foods that are rich in fatty acids are ideal for your menstrual pains.

While taking pills is the most convenient way for you to the essential fatty acids you need, it may sound unhealthy and unnatural for those women who prefer something that is natural and chemical-free. You might want to consider a healthier option such as eating salmon.

Salmon is the best source of fatty acids and other essential vitamins that can improve your mood and reduce your breast tenderness.

7. Yogurt

Yogurt for PMS

We all know yogurt is healthy but only a few of us are aware that it’s good for your period. Based on studies, yogurt, milk and other foods and drinks that are rich in calcium can ease your cramps.

Bloating is also one of the concerns of most women and yogurt can help get rid of it. It helps in reducing water retention.

If you’re prone to breakouts during your period, you can try other food options instead of eating dairy products. You can try broccoli if you like greens.

You can try natural foods to fight your PMS instead of taking pills. Some pills can have side effects to your body. In today’s world, more and more women choose healthier options to deal with menstruation.

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