For most of us, PMS is an inevitable irrational monthly inconvenience. The overwhelming need to consume chocolate aside, there are foods that can help alleviate or even stop PMS in its tracks. Don’t believe us? Try out these foods that are scientifically proven to work better than ice cream!
Studies have shown women who suffer PMS have lower blood levels of magnesium compared to those who don’t. Naturally, the magnesium-filled spinach would do wonders to balance your crazy female hormones, so throw it into your salads, omelettes, or even your morning smoothies!
Experts at John Hopkins University found that those less sleep is related to your period cramp pain level. So get your z’s by eating bananas, which have sleep-aid hormones to help regulate your body’s natural sleep rhythm.
With magnesium, manganese, AND vitamins, brown rice works wonders for PMS symptoms. Let’s break it down, shall we? Magnesium helps regulate your hormones, Manganese helps reduce your irritability and tension, and vitamins are never a bad thing anyway. So if you can, make a switch from white rice to brown rice and watch the change in your PMS symptoms!
This superfood is jam-packed with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats, which can help ease cramps and period pains. It also contains a dose of vitamin D, which together with calcium, has been found to reduce the physical and emotional symptoms of PMS.
A study conducted at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst found that a diet with calcium-rich dairy products lowered the risk for developing PMS by almost half. And since one cup of low fat yogurt has about 40% of the recommended daily calcium dose, we’re definitely stocking up on some yogurt.
Nuts & seeds.
But, if you’re not keen on dairy, there’s always an array of alternative of snackables. Packed with protein, fibre, and loads of nutrients that include calcium, nuts and seeds should be your snack of choice. Apart from providing you with sufficient calcium, and providing a slow release of energy source to keep away the lethargy, almonds and pumpkin seeds are a rich source of vitamin E (which does wonders for alleviating sore boobs, come on, you know what we’re talking about…).