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The Best Natural Remedies to Treat PMS

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More Ways to Fight PMS

PMS plan of attack: Eat more whole grains.

Pizza! Chocolate! Cookies! More chocolate! These are just a few of the foods that your body screams for before your period. Trouble is, these munchies make you feel worse, because they make your blood glucose levels spike and then plummet. "Blood sugar swings are associated with PMS, so eating low-glycemic meals is critical to keeping PMS at bay," says Dr. Northrup. "Eliminate 'white foods' -- like mashed potatoes, white bread, and sugar -- to feel better." If you up your intake of whole-grain complex carbohydrates (like whole-grain bread and cereal, fruits, vegetables, and beans), you'll stabilize your blood sugar and keep cravings and PMS in check.

PMS plan of attack: Try a holistic approach.

According to a recent survey from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, nearly 40 percent of adults are using some sort of alternative treatment. Dr. Northrup recommends two for PMS: "Acupuncture and foot reflexology have both been shown to help," she says. In one study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, women who had reflexology (which involves massage of specific pressure points on the ear, hand, or foot) experienced a 46 percent reduction in symptoms. Another study in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics revealed the success rate of acupuncture in treating PMS symptoms to be 78 percent. Note to PMSers: Less poking on Facebook, more all-natural poking to relieve PMS.

Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, March 2012.

 

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5/16/2013 09:57:58 AM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

thats a good thing for me right now i have been having it bad and i'm trying not to think of when its go ing to be over but thanks for the info there i will try that thuoght

6/14/2012 11:41:12 PM Report Abuse
pam.robertson24 wrote:

Be careful with the Epsom salt bath. I ended up with a horrible yeast infection from soaking in Epsom salt. I was soaking to relieve the soreness from a major workout and ended up suffering much worse by having a yeast infection and my period the same week!!

6/13/2012 01:45:11 PM Report Abuse
jliliana96 wrote:

Very helpful, thanks!:D

6/12/2012 11:59:31 AM Report Abuse
ams2576@gmail.com wrote:

Exercise never helps me. I've been a runner for 20 years now and running and any form or exercise usually brings on worse cramps for me. And if you are out for a run and start horrible cramps there is no where to go but to hobble home in pain.

6/12/2012 09:50:05 AM Report Abuse

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