Premenstrual Syndrome is a combination of the emotional and physical changes that occur after a woman ovulates. It usually ends with the onset of the menstrual flow. These emotional and physical changes most commonly occur up to two weeks prior to menstruation. An estimated 80% of women experience some form of discomfort.
What are the symptoms?
There are many different, but most women will only experience a few of them each month right before their period starts. There may be some months where there are no symptoms or signs at all.
Some of the emotional symptoms you may feel are anxiety, depressed mood, irritability, anger, mood swings, crying spells, insomnia, unable to concentrate, appetite changes.
Some of the physical symptoms you may feel are joint or muscle pain, headache, weight gain, fatigue, tender breast, stomach bloating, acne, diarrhea or constipation. For most women, signs and symptoms usually disappear as the menstrual cycle begins.
For women who are having disabling premenstrual syndrome symptoms, please see your doctor.
Are there any Natural remedies to ease the symptoms?
These problems don’t have to control your life. In recent years, much has been learned about this syndrome. Treatments and lifestyle adjustments can help to reduce or manage the symptoms and signs of premenstrual syndrome.
Tips to ease PMS symptoms
- Eat healthier – Eat a balanced healthy diet from the food pyramid. (grains, proteins, fruits, vegetables and dairy). Also eat several small meals a day instead of one BIG meal at the end of the day. This will help to keep your blood sugar level so you won’t feel tired, hungry and irritable.
- Get plenty of sleep. It is recommended that an adult gets around 6-8 hours of sleep a night since this is essential to a person’s physical and emotional well-being.
- Exercise 30 minutes, 4-6 times a week.
- Reduce Stress – Stress has been linked to PMS.
- Limit Alcohol Intake – Alcohol may be a cause of depression in some people.
- Combine your healthy diet with natural herbal PMS remedies that will ease your symptoms.