The Best Natural Remedies to Treat PMS
More Ways to Fight PMSPMS 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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