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Prevention

You can't prevent PMS. But there are things you can do to reduce your chances of having severe symptoms.

  • Take daily calcium (up to 1200 mg) and vitamin B6 (50 mg to 100 mg).
  • Get regular exercise. It helps reduce pain and provide a feeling of well-being.
  • Eat a balanced diet that includes whole grains, protein, low-fat dairy, fruits, and vegetables.
  • Limit caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, and salt.
  • Reduce stress by managing your time well, getting enough rest, and learning relaxation techniques.
  • Quit smoking, if you smoke.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: June 08, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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