The PMS-Free Diet?
What you eat may affect PMS symptoms
3 More Anti-PMS Strategies
Here are a few more diet and lifestyle tips that may help reduce PMS
symptoms -- and won't hurt in any case:
Keep your blood sugar stable. Given all that's going on in your body
during PMS prime time, keeping your blood sugar levels fairly stable should
help your mood and energy situation. You can help do this by limiting caffeine,
not skipping meals, and eating balanced meals most of the time. It also helps
to choose nutritious carbs that contribute fiber, like whole grains, fruits and
vegetables, and beans.
Don't eat a high-fat diet. Some suggest that a high-fat diet may
have something to do with cyclic breast pain. One recent study found that women
with breast soreness tended to eat more fat throughout their cycles than other
women. The way I see it, this is yet another reason to avoid eating a high-fat
Move it! It just makes sense to exercise regularly. Exercise can
enhance energy and lift mood. And a recent review of the research found
substantial evidence that exercise can help with PMS.
What about Herbal Therapies?
Of the various herbal supplements touted as possible PMS remedies,
chasteberry (a dried extract of the fruit of the chasteberry tree) is the one
researchers tend to give the most credence.
There's some evidence chasteberry may improve PMS symptoms, but more study
is needed, according to a review of the research published in the American
Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2003.
(Be sure to see your doctor before taking any herbal supplement, especially
if you're taking prescription medications.)