Healthy eating habits and good nutrition may help relieve
some of your
premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms.
Eat small meals high in complex
carbohydrates and whole grains to keep your blood
sugar levels steady throughout the day. Carbohydrates may also reduce food
cravings. A balanced diet with the proper amount of
protein may also help blood sugar levels remain
Restrict the amount of salt in your diet. Salt can cause
your body to hold water (water retention), which may make you feel
Avoid diets high in refined sugar, fat, caffeine, and
alcohol because these substances are more likely to worsen PMS symptoms. Sugar
may increase feelings of anxiety or tension.
Try a vitamin B6
supplement. Take no more than 100 mg daily.
High doses of vitamin B6 can cause problems with the nervous
Try taking magnesium (400 mg daily). Eat a nutritious diet and be sure you are getting adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D. This may improve negative moods and reduce fluid retention and
pain. It may take two or three menstrual cycles to see improvement in your PMS