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All Natural Remedies for PMS

By Andrea Skurr - May 7, 2015 1:01:41 PM
For many women, that dreaded time of the month brings a host of unwanted symptoms we refer to as PMS. Ladies, how many emotional signs can you tick off?
 
  • white_woman_pms_depressedTension
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Feeling overly sensitive
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Social withdrawal
How about the physical signs?
 
  • black_woman_pms_in_painHeadaches
  • Fatigue
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Fluid retention with weight gain
  • Acne flare-ups
  • Constipation
  • Breast tenderness
  • Bloating...
 
Any one of these is enough to deal with on its own, so let’s consider some natural treatments to help get these under control. 

Eat Consciously
  • Eat small meals frequently to control bloating and to stabilize blood sugar.
  • Avoid sugar and salt to reduce bloating and swelling.
  • Increase potassium rich foods like fish, beans, and broccoli to support muscle cramping.
  • Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds along with foods rich in calcium. (If you cannot tolerate dairy, take a calcium supplement to reduce the physical and psychological symptoms of PMS.)
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, fatty foods and red meat as well as caffeine which can fuel anxiety, depression, and breast tenderness.

Exercise regularly
Just 30 minutes of aerobic activity every day can improve your health in general as well as counteract fatigue and depression. Try brisk walking, jogging, swimming or bicycling. Moving your body not only supports circulation, but it helps release serotonin - the neurotransmitter associated with mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, sexual desire and function. Studies have linked serotonin to breast milk production, liver regeneration and cell division. 


 
Relax frequently


There are lots of ways to reduce stress. From massage to meditation and acupuncture to yoga, these activities encourage creating personal time and space to express and release emotions. Breathing exercises that include aromatherapy can also make a difference. Here is a quick essential oil recipe to help lift your mood:
  • 9 drops of geranium oil
  • 6 drops of chamomile oil
  • 3 drops of clary sage oil
  • 2 drops of marjoram oil
Add this to an infuser or a small glass vial for to inhale. For a massage or bath oil, just add 2 ounces of oil to serve as the carrier oil.
 
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