Most women experience some sort of PMS, including moodiness, irritability, and depression. Those types of emotional maladies can be harder to treat than simply taking a pain reliever for your cramps, so last month I looked into some natural and herbal remedies to help you better deal with the monthly battle. We've heard that omega-3s can help with cramps, so let's explore how eating the right foods can also help fight mood-related PMS symptoms. For some of my recommendations, read more.
Here are some healthy eating tips to help you deal with PMS-related moodiness.
- Keep close tabs on your blood sugar levels. If you often get grumpy when you need to eat, this tendency can be exacerbated during PMS time. So try eating five small meals a day, or ingest high protein snacks between meals.
- Eat lots of complex carbohydrates, such as high-fiber fruits and vegetables, and whole-grain cereals and breads, which can help increase your serotonin levels.
- Drink lots of water. Really, is there any time this is a bad idea?
- In the week before your expected PMS phase, cut out as much salt from your diet as you can, as well as red meat and processed foods. This, combined with the water, will reduce bloating and make you feel better.
- Also, try to cut down on your dairy intake, since dairy products may block the absorption of magnesium, an essential nutrient come PMS time.
- Avoid caffeine, which can make you more on edge and more jittery than usual.
Got your own tips on eating to prevent PMS? Please share them in the comments section below.