5 THINGS YOU CAN DO NOW TO HELP REDUCE YOUR PMS
Some people like taking pills. I don’t. Especially, if I can solve whatever bothers me with a natural, easy solution. And this also applies to PMS (Pre-Menstral Syndrome). I want easy tricks I can integrate into my day-to-day life which don’t require medication – and these are five of them.
Move your bod
This might sound tough, especially when you are in pain. But: Moving your body for at least 20 minutes a day will reduce your pain levels. Why? It will not only boost your mood and relieve stress (hello endorphins!), it will also help you a lot with fluid retention.
Leave your salt in the pantry
Salt will not only make your body hold on to more water than necessary, it will also increase bloating. If you eat a lot of salt, you will feel more bloated than usual and for a longer time, which is a very common symptom of PMS. So try to reduce your salt intake when you period approaches at least a little bit and use other sesasonings to spice it up like garlic or garlic powder and cayenne pepper.
Fiber is key
While you should reduce your salt intake, you should increase the high fiber foods. It helps with reducing the surplus estrogen in your body, hence it will make you feel a lot more balanced. And actually, it’s quite easy, some things you should integrate in your meals are: Beans, whole greain bread, oats and veggies.
Reduce your stress
Stress can trigger PMS symptoms, so try to avoid it as much as you can. This means: Cancelling plans, making time for yourself, asking your partner or friends to help you with certain tasks and mostly saying NO. Remember: PMS is an absolutely valuable reason to do so – and no one should tell you otherwise.
Eat foods that are rich in calcium
Calcium is so far proven to be the best nutrient for reducing PMS sympotms. Some foods that are high in calcium are leafy greens, almonds, sesame seeds and dairy products like kefir.