As women approach their monthly period, they may experience a host of side effects referred to in whole as pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). PMS affects individual women differently, but the common symptoms experienced are cramps, bloating, tenderness of the breasts, and mood-related changes that can include mood swings, depression, and heightened levels of anger and sensitivity.
Besides the popularized use of Midol to help cramps, there are natural ways for women to deal with PMS symptoms. Reducing intake of salt, for example, can lower water retention and reduce bloating. Additionally, taking supplements such as vitamin B6, magnesium, and zinc (or eating foods with these nutrients in mind) can help ease PMS symptoms.
As ovulation slows down, women enter the period referred to as “perimenopause.” During perimenopause, which can start anywhere from the late 30’s to the late 40’s, women’s ovulation cycle and egg production slows, and their hormone levels – especially estrogen and progesterone – fluctuate dramatically. Women experiencing perimenopause will add hot flashes, night sweats, and even memory problems to the list of symptoms caused by PMS.
Treatment for perimenopause symptoms are similar to PMS; namely, changing your diet can make a huge difference. Continue to cut out salt, and cut down intake of sugar, white flour, caffeine, and wine. In addition to the vitamins above, add in more calcium and omega-3 fatty acids.
Of course, one of the best ways to increase your overall health is to exercise regularly and cut down on simple carbs. Complex carbohydrates found in fruits and vegetables, as well as eating more protein and fiber, are almost always helpful to your health.