PMS or Pre-Menstrual Syndrome is a condition which leaves women irritated, angry and in cyclic cramps every month prior to their period. This is a common condition observable in most women, although the symptoms may differ from one person to another. There are a number of antibiotics available in the market today for PMS. However, as it is believed that these western medicines are likely to have after effects both long and short term such as shifts in blood sugar levels and bloating, a lot of women prefer and opt for natural and herbal materials to relieve themselves of premenstrual difficulties. Below are some home remedies that are guaranteed to make you feel better during PMS.
Avoid consuming too much salt throughout the month, especially in the week before your period because excess salt in your diet tends to increase fluid retention resulting in more bloating. Avoid instant noodles, canned soups and other packaged snacks that are especially high in sodium. Consume food with high amounts of fibre that helps escort excess oestrogen out of your system. In this regards, consuming more whole grains like oats, barley and vegetables and beans that digest easily is advisable.
Cut back on alcohol. Although some turn to coffee during PMS, it is said that caffeine intake should also be minimal during this period. Drinking more water is advisable as it will flush away any excess salts in your system thereby preventing bloating and other irritations. Ideally eight 250ml glasses of water or day should be consumed during this time. Horny goat weed tea which is believed to boost libido in men is also believed to relieve women of PMS related ailments. Although it is rare compared to other teas, a cup of horny goat weed tea is believed to have the ability to relieve you of physical irritations as well as mental stress that might be triggered due to the hormonal activities during the pre-menstrual period in women.
In addition, taking 1200 mg of calcium before bedtime is often prescribed by doctors as the mineral is believed to cure headaches, mood swings and muscle cramps. Along with calcium, taking 800 mg of magnesium would also help control muscular activity, thereby eliminating any chances of you feeling uneasy during your sleep. To reduce irritability and depression, 50 to 100 mg of vitamin B6 can be taken as it is believed that this vitamin has the power to calm nervousness by increasing the supply of serotonin, the chemical in the brain which is responsible for mood-regulation.