PMS is a pain. Sadly conventional medicine believes that the exact cause is not known.
But it can be related to imbalanced hormone levels that occur in preparation for menstruation.
This imbalance can determine whether the psychological or physical symptoms are mild or severe.
Some of the causes of PMS symptoms include …
Poor diet, including ultra-processed foods
Low vitamin and mineral levels
Consuming alcohol and caffeine
Eating too many salty foods
Lack of exercise
GOOD NEWS: if you can improve your diet, manage stress and take natural remedies, you can learn how to reduce PMS symptoms and get rid of period cramps.
Women who experience PMS symptoms typically are not getting enough B vitamins (especially B6) and vitamins K and E, among other nutrients….Magnesium deficiency also plays are role.
And it appears that increasing calcium intake (from food) before and during your period may help prevent or reduce the symptoms of PMS.
Calcium-rich green smoothie foods like kale. Figs, papayas oranges Chia seeds are a good source of calcium, as well as calcium-fortified plant milks (hemp, almond, rice, soy).
Fiber rich food including asian pear, berries and coconut can help to maintain proper hormone balance by binding to estrogen and carrying it out of the body.
Flaxseed products help promote healthy estrogen metabolism.
And consuming at least half an avocado (daily) balances hormones due to its healthy fat, fiber, magnesium, potassium and vitamin B6 nutrition profile.
An Iron rich green smoothie recipe like this could also help to fight PMS symptoms.
Handful of almonds / or 2 tbsp flax seed
1 cup of Kale
1-1½ cup of water (or almond milk if you use flax seed
1 medium sized mango
½ cup pineapple or a cup of red grapes
And remember to avoid foods that trigger PMS symptoms such as Trans fats and hydrogenated fats, Any potential food allergen, Salt, Caffeine and Alcohol
It’s always a good idea to make sure that your PMS symptoms are in fact due to PMS and not due to a more ongoing chronic issue like depression, anxiety or endocrine system problems. Speak with your doctor if your PMS symptoms are keeping you from daily activities or if you have signs of another health issue.