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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) remedies

lotus posture_closeup_14_06_12A week or two before your period starts, you may notice bloating, headaches, mood swings or other physical and emotional changes. These recurring monthly symptoms are known as premenstrual syndrome, or PMS.

About 85% of women experience some degree of PMS. Here are some remedies that may help.

  • Exercise does help to boost mood and lessen fatigue, but you need to be doing moderate exercise on most days of the week for at least 30 minutes.
  • Foods rich in B vitamins may help ward off PMS. In one study, researchers followed more than 2,000 women for 10 years. They found that women who ate foods high in thiamine like pork and Brazil nuts and riboflavin found in eggs and dairy products were far less likely to develop PMS.
  • Cutting back on alcohol, salt, caffeine and sugar can all help to ease PMS
  • Because PMS can cause tension, anxiety and irritability, it’s important to find healthy ways to cope with stress during this time. Different strategies work for different women. You may want to try yoga, meditation, massage or simply talking with friends. Make sure you get enough sleep.

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