PMS Relief straight from the Kitchen

For many women, prior to experiencing their monthly menstrual cycle, is not only uncomfortable, but painful too.  PMS can cause a list of symptoms ranging from headaches, dizziness and cramps to irritability, bloating, and breast tenderness.  Fortunately, there are many age-old natural remedies to help alleviate the symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).

Here are soPMS_147487465me home remedies found right in your kitchen to help keep you balanced:

  • From the cupboard- Try oatmeal, pasta, rye bread or basmati rice. They are enriched with magnesium, which is important for normal hormonal function. They also break down slowly and gradually release sugar into the bloodstream. The slow, steady release combats the sugar craving that comes with PMS.
  • Fruits & Produce- Avocados, dates, plums, eggplants, papayas, plantains, cherries and pineapple all contain serotonin which can supplement the mood-lifting brain chemical naturally produced by the body. Bananas are rich in potassium and can relieve bloating and swelling.
  • Seeds- Sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds are rich in omega-6 fatty acid, which may be missing in women who suffer from PMS.
  • Poultry- Chicken and turkey are rich in B6 and can help relieve depression. Vegetarian? Try other foods rich in B6 such as milk, brown rice, whole grains, soybeans, beans, walnuts, and green leafy vegetables.
  • Spice- Add a pinch of black pepper to 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel, and take three times a day with meals to relieve symptoms such as backache and abdominal pain. Aloe vera gel taken with a pinch of cumin may work well, too.

Along with a good night’s rest, trying some of these tips can make a big difference in finding comfort from an uncomfortable time many of us women may experience monthly.

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