Oh, it’s that time of the month! To all my ladies out there, there’s no escaping the dreaded bloat. Here, I’ve documented some natural remedies to combat PMS symptoms such as breakouts, cramps, mood swings, depression… Before you decide to give in to your cravings and make a beeline to your cabinet of snacks, chocolates, and wine, remember that a healthy diet and sleep go hand in hand with a healthy heart, body, soul, and mind.
Hydration is super important, not just during your PMS, but in general. On top of water (which you must drink a lot of to aid in rinsing out the toxins), there are many other liquids that can help combat PMS. I usually drink hot tea to cure my bloatedness, so when I’m feeling bloated during PMS, I reach for my favorite hot Sencha Green. If my sugar cravings kick in, adding a teaspoon of organic Manuka honey does the trick. This satisfies my craving for something a little sweet, without actually consuming preservatives or bad sugar. Sencha Green Tea is loaded with calming l-theanine (11-14mg) that helps stimulate relaxing neurotransmitter GABA, supporting sleep, mood, and weight.
If I’m looking for something naturally caffeine-free, blends like Hibiscus, Chamomile and Rosehip tea are my go-to’s. They are soothing, ease the anxiety and hormonal imbalances that take place when PMS strikes. If your tastes run to other herbal teas, that’s fine – as long as you’re sipping on a hot tea.
2) Eat Healthily
There are many foods you should try to eat close to your PMS. These include low-fat plain yogurt, pumpkin seeds, and fruits like pineapples.
Low-Fat Plain Yogurt
Yogurt is great at combating bacteria in your body, and this can help reduce the acne breakouts. It can help balance your calcium levels during your menstrual cycle. It’s always important to maintain a good level of calcium in your body, not just during your period, but also to foster strong bones.
Ever since young, my mother would encourage me to eat pineapples whenever I was suffering from menstrual cramps, and I never understood why, but now I do. These sweet but often sour fruits actually contain magnesium that relieves mood swings associated with PMS. They also contain an enzyme called bromelain that helps relax your muscles, reducing menstrual cramps. I also love how pineapples give a kick to my sweet cravings. Other fruits that can help include watermelon and cherries.
Fight your hormonal acne with some dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, which is a good source of vitamin A. It serves as a fat-soluble that fights dry skin, acne and blocks harmful UV radiation. I suggest eating steamed spinach or blanching it with some double virgin olive oil and garlic (also another key ingredient to fighting PMS). Alternatively, if leafy greens aren’t your thing, try juicing it with pineapples, kale and chia seeds.
If you’re often plagued with headaches before or during your period, magnesium can help. This helps relax your blood vessels, which can alleviate your headache. Bake some pumpkin seeds or sauté a side of spinach with coconut oil and garlic to up your intake. My suggestion is to mix and match these ingredients to up your ante!
3) Get Moving
While you may want to wallow in self-pity and marinate in bed, the best way to combat PMS and mood swings is to exercise. I don’t mean overexerting yourself with some strenuous activity, but you can do light workouts like walking around your nearest park, perform yoga stretches or simply do some meditation. Remember, it’s not about exercising your physical body, but also your mind.
4) Pamper Yourself
The final thing I like to do during PMS is simply to pamper myself with some DIY remedies. Not only do I find making my own face mask therapeutic, it’s also cost-effective, convenient and very simple to do! I love making my own soothing Chia and Jasmine Tea mask to detoxify my skin and reduce inflammation during the time of the month.
So there you have it – 4 ways to combat PMS. Do yourself and others around you a favor by practicing these steps