PMS symptoms like bloating, mood swings, and the insatiable urge to eat chocolate are not only unattractive, they usually occur at the most inconvenient times.
Approximately 75 percent of women experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Fortunately, Dr David Gerber, an obstetrician and gynecologist from Toronto, reminds women that with the right lifestyle changes or medications, it’s possible to manage symptoms.
Meditation helps calm the mind and body, which can be a major relief for PMS. It can also help you learn how to relax in difficult situations, which is a valuable life skill. Meditation is great at improving your concentration, focus, and concentration. This can be especially helpful if you regularly find yourself easily distracted.
Studies have found that women who exercise regularly have a 30% lower risk of PMS. Exercising during your period can help decrease your blood flow and increase blood flow to the uterus, which can ease cramps and other PMS symptoms. It can also decrease bloating, acne, and other symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Women with severe PMS may want to avoid exercise during their period. This is because it can increase the severity of PMS. If you’re not sure if you should exercise during your period, talk to your gynecologist.
If you’re eating a healthy, nutritious diet, you probably don’t need to worry about dietary triggers for PMS. That said, consuming certain nutrients, like zinc and vitamin B6, during your period may help relieve your symptoms, explains Dr David Gerber.
One study found that women who took B6 supplements had a significantly lower rate of PMS symptoms than women who didn’t take the supplements. Other studies have found that B6 supplements may relieve PMS symptoms such as acne, cramps, and nausea. You can find B6 in foods like bananas, avocados, and salmon. You can also take a B6 supplement if taking these foods is not possible for other reasons.
Many medications, including birth control pills, are known to induce or worsen PMS. If you experience any symptoms of PMS while taking these medications, talk to your doctor. You may be able to consider taking a different medication, or changing your dosage.
PMS can be frustrating and distressing, no matter what age you are. This can make it difficult to know what to do and who to turn to for help. Luckily, there are lots of ways to relieve the symptoms of PMS. The most important thing is to remember that it will pass. And, when it does, you can take steps to prevent it from happening again. If you’re looking for ways to better manage your PMS, understanding what’s going on and finding solutions is half the battle.
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