PMS Diet (3)
5. Reduce Intake of PMS Problem Foods
Certain foods exacerbate the side effects
and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, and are best avoided. Such problem
Reduce or caffeine in any form: coffee, tea, cola soft drinks and chocolate.
Caffeine is a stimulant that may induce irritability, anxiety, depression,
nervousness, headaches and insomnia. Drink herbal or fruit teas, grain
coffees or hot/cold water with lemon. Fennel tea is especially effective
at reducing certain PMS symptoms, such as sore breasts.
Reduce the amount of sodium in your diet, as sodium increases water retention
and symptoms of PMS like bloating. Sources of sodium include: table salt,
soy sauce, salted nuts, salted snack foods, soups, some breakfast cereals,
processed cold cuts, foods canned in salted water, ketchups, sauce mixes,
processed cheese, margarine and butter. Also, increase your potassium
intake from foods like: bananas, tomatoes, citrus fruits and most green
Reduce your consumption of non-organic dairy products. These are full
of estrogenic compounds and other hormones and may interfere with magnesium
absorption, a mineral many PMS sufferers are deficient in. Instead, choose
Soy milk or rice milk.
If you suffer from PMS symptoms, reduce your alcohol intake. Alcohol is
bad for PMS as it upsets blood-glucose levels and inhibits the absorption
and/or use of nutrients such as magnesium, zinc and certain B vitamins.
A Healthy PMS Diet Needs Exercise
Studies show that regular physical exercise
relieves symptoms in many PMS sufferers. It improves lymphatic circulation,
cardiovascular health and production of endorphins (the "happiness
chemicals") for reduced comfort-eating.
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Please Note: The above advice about
Premenstrual Syndrome diet and eating habits is offered for general educational
purposes only. If you suffer from PMS, please consult your physician for
specific personal dietary advice.