The Best Natural Remedies to Treat PMS
TTYL! BRB! LOL! In a sea of cutesy acronyms, PMS does not fit in. In fact, these three letters can be downright scary. Studies show that at least 85 percent of women experience premenstrual syndrome symptoms, which can include mood swings, breast tenderness, cravings, fatigue and irritability before their period. The good news: "It's absolutely possible to manage PMS symptoms with lifestyle changes," says ob-gyn Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom. We've got four easy strategies to help you feel good all month long. Period.PMS plan of attack: Maximize your magnesium intake.
Researchers at the University of Reading in England found that supplementing with magnesium reduced water retention and bloating. "I recommend 400 to 800 milligrams of magnesium per day," says Dr. Northrup. You can also add Epsom salt (aka magnesium sulfate, available at most drugstores) to a hot bath, and you'll absorb it through your skin. (Who knew?)PMS plan of attack: Get moving.
Even though a workout is the last thing you want to do (the first is curling up on the couch in front of the TV), getting your heart pumping will make you feel better. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends regular aerobic exercise to relieve PMS. Exercise may relieve cramps because it helps release endorphins, which are your body's natural painkillers.
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