Struggling with PMS related fatigue, acne, bloating, cravings, and mood swings? Sheesh that sounds painful! PMS can trigger so many symptoms emotionally and physically a week or so before your period starts. 85 percent of women experience some sort of hormonal imbalance before their period starts each month, according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
But there is a silver lining to this horror story --what you eat may ease some of your pain! Follow these 4 key foods that not only combat PMS symptoms but also add great nutrition to your diet.
Avocado - If bloating, cravings, and muscle cramps are a major issue with your PMS symptoms, avocado may be your secret ingredient for comfort. Loading up on avocado brings on the good fats your body needs to combat PMS while also adding to your health since it is full of omega-3 fatty acids.
Dark Chocolate - Craving sugar? Bite into some dark chocolate! It’s true … dark chocolate alleviates PMS symptoms in several ways. The antioxidants in dark chocolate runs straight to your blood telling your body to relax, lowering blood pressure and improving blood flow and circulation. Dark Chocolate also contains unique natural substances that enhance your mood, combating mood swings and it can trigger a sense of euphoria similar to the feeling of being in love. Aside from how delicious it tastes, it is healthy for you too!
Wild Caught Salmon - Your period may not affect you as much if you add a bit more Vitamin D to the mix. One of the best food sources of vitamin D is wild caught salmon. It is known for reducing irritability and breast tenderness. Not a fishy-person? Vitamin D can be found in yogurt, too. Careful though, your body can’t easily absorb dairy --so there are non-dairy options on the market as well.
Chamomile Tea - Health specialists recommend Chamomile tea because it has properties that may relieve muscle spasms and reduce the severity of menstrual cramps. A warm cup of naturally caffeine-free chamomile tea can be soothing when PMS strikes, easing and relieving anxiety and irritability that hormonal shifts can cause in the days leading up to your period.
So while you’re making your next grocery run, don’t forget to add some of these items to your cart. And while you’re at it, check out our Yoni-steams because your vaginal health is just as important as those key ingredients we’ve listed above. Yoni-steams can also help alleviate PMS pressures like excessive cramping, vaginal discomfort, and even bloating.