This article has been updated and expanded upon. It was re-published on our new blog here: http://holistichealthliving.com/2016/08/pms-fighting-foods/
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PMS — likely the reason our monthly visitor was nicknamed the curse, may be easier to cure than previously thought. Though it will require a certain amount of discipline on your part, the most effective cure for PMS appears to be dietary.
Studies have revealed that the foods most capable of eliminating PMS symptoms contain high amounts of the minerals magnesium and calcium, and the vitamins B6 and D. Fortunately, there are many tasty foods that fit the bill. If such foods are eaten regularly, while avoiding the substances that cause or exacerbate PMS, you can decrease and even eliminate PMS symptoms!
In addition, complex carbohydrates — such as whole grains, have been shown to boost serotonin levels in the brain, which helps to keep mood elevated even during those difficult days prior to one’s period. If you are prone to severe mood swings and/or depression, fiber rich fruits, vegetable and grains are an excellent choice. Carbohydrates with a low glycemic index are the best serotonin boosters.
Salt, caffeine and alcohol worsen PMS symptoms; you should also avoid fat during the last few days before the onset of your period.
To give you a head-start, I have compiled a short list of the foods highest in more than one the vitamins and minerals most effective against PMS. I call these foods “twofers,” though some contain three of the PMS fighting nutrients:
Halibut, fillet – contains Magnesium, Vitamins B6 and D,
Cooked spinach – contains Magnesium, Vitamin B6 and Calcium,
Black beans, cooked – contains Magnesium and Vitamin B6,
Peanuts – contains Magnesium and Vitamin B6,
Whole wheat bread – contains Magnesium and Vitamin B6,
Raw broccoli – contains Magnesium and Calcium,
Salmon – contains Calcium and Vitamins B6 and D,
Sardines – contains Calcium and Vitamin D.
There are many more foods that naturally contain the four aforementioned nutrients, but these eight give you the most bang for your calorie buck.
Remember, selecting foods with both taste and nutrition in mind will prevent you from returning to old, unproductive eating habits. Do your research; it will be well worth it. You may even discover some twofers that I’ve missed, and you’ll not only be combating “the curse” but living a much healthier, contented life.
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