All women have experienced premenstrual syndrome (PMS) at some point or another. Acne, tender breasts, stomach problems, and headache are just some of the symptoms experienced by women with PMS. Other symptoms include changes in appetite, joint pain, mood swings, and anxiety and depression.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, PMS is caused by hormonal changes and can be exacerbated by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. PMS is extremely common. Up to 85 percent of menstruating women experience at least one PMS symptom during her monthly cycle. This is why all women will be happy to know there are several home remedies to help prevent and treat PMS symptoms.
1. Cinnamon. This warm, soothing spice is full of fiber, calcium, iron, and manganese, says Healthline. It is therefore effective against cramps. Sprinkle some over a steaming cup of oatmeal or make a soothing cup of cinnamon tea.
2. Fennel and celery. Women suffering from PMS know the pain of bloating. Women’s Health Magazine recommends snacking on foods rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamins B and C. These include bananas, fennel, celery, tomatoes, and citrus. These vitamins aid in relieving bloating symptoms.
3. Barley and oats. Fiber helps remove the excess estrogen that causes PMS symptoms, says Reader’s Digest Best Health. In addition to barley and oats, whole grain breads, vegetables, and beans are high in fiber. Try making a comforting bean and vegetable chili or having a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast.
4. Milk and sesame. If your PMS symptoms include headache, mood swings, and muscle cramps, you may want to add more calcium to your diet. Calcium can also aid sleep. Which is why Reader’s Digest Best Health recommends drinking a cup of milk or taking a calcium supplement before bed.
5. Walnuts and pumpkin seeds. According to Organic Health, manganese is a mineral useful in treating PMS symptoms such as mood swings, headaches, and depression. Manganese is found in walnuts and pumpkin seeds, as well as raspberries, pineapple, spinach, and garlic.
6. Coconut oil. Wellness Mama explains coconut oil has properties that promote healthy hormone production. To prevent PMS symptoms, add 1/4 cup of coconut oil to your daily diet.
7. Gelatin. A fantastic source of calcium, magnesium, and phosphate, gelatin supports hormone production and is a good digestive aid, says Wellness Mama. Unsure what to do with gelatin? Why not try this tasty homemade jello recipe!
8. Eggs and peanut butter. Dr. Hyman recommends keeping your blood sugar in check by eating protein first thing in the morning. An easy way to do this is to eat eggs or whole grain toast with peanut butter.
Women need not suffer any longer! Adopt these home remedies today.
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