January 17, 2012

Experiencing cramping? Bloating? All around discomfort? Instead of popping that Midol try these all natural remedies and eat these foods:
  1. Beans and peas: high in fiber they reduce the symptoms of cramps
  2. Eat a healthy breakfast: those who skip breakfast tend to have more severe PMS bloating symptoms than those who don't
  3. Green vegetables: high in calcium, magnesium, and potassium they help relieve and prevent cramping and reduce irritability 
  4. Dark green vegetables: help to prevent excess bleeding
  5. Take 500 mg of calcium each day or eat foods high in calcium like eggs, broccoli, and milk
  6. Pineapple: one of the richest manganese foods and high in bromelain it will help prevent cramping and increase menstrual flow leading to decreased menstrual discomfort 
  7. Fish Oil: helps 
  8. Tea: another source of manganese, avoid tea with caffeine which can lead to discomfort. Ginger tea helps with nausea and bloating and chamomile can relieve anxiety and irritability 
  9. Water: drink a lot of water, it will help to alleviate cramps
  10. Cut down on the salt, it will decrease bloating
  11. Whole Grains: will help to combat fatigue, tension, and menstrual discomfort
  12. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, they will worsen cramps and bloating
  13. Dark chocolate: eat some dark chocolate with 60 percent or higher cacao bean, during your period will help sooth cravings and boost your mood
  14. Vitamin E can help eliminate some PMS symptoms so try some avocado or egg yolk
  15. Vitamin C during your period is especially important to prevent iron-deficient anemia , try citrus fruits, bell peppers or melons
  16. Avoid refined sugars in chocolate or candy bars, while we often gravitate towards these items during our periods, they will actually leave you cranky

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