April 7, 2004
Preventing PMS with Food
It’s impossible to exaggerate the importance of
good nutrition in controlling PMS. No medication can entirely overcome
the effects of a poor diet. Eating the right foods for your body
type is the most important thing you can do to prevent PMS.
Make sure you’re eating a wide variety of complex carbohydrates:
Whole grains stabilize blood sugar and help eliminate premenstrual
sugar cravings, as well as provide excellent sources of protein,
fiber, and various vitamins and minerals critical to premenstrual
health. Avoid, if possible, wheat and gluten products, which may
worsen PMS bloating, weight gain, and gas.
Legumes help regulate blood sugar levels, thus stabilizing
mood swings, anxiety, and energy levels.
Soybeans help relieve PMS symptoms by competing with your
own levels of estrogen for receptor sites on cells when your estrogen
levels are too high.
Seeds and Nuts. Stick with raw and unsalted; roasted and
salted will only make your symptoms worse. If you have acne, or
are subject to premenstrual weight gain, eat only very small amounts.
Vegetables. Stick with leafy green vegetables such as kale,
collards, and mustard greens; root vegetables such as carrots, turnips,
and parsnips. Plus, cruciferous green vegetables such as broccoli
and Brussels sprouts are high in the vitamins and nutrients that
help relieve PMS symptoms. Red, orange, and yellow vegetables also
help reduce PMS-related blood sugar and mood swings, while their
high vitamin A content helps regulate heavy menstrual bleeding and
Fruits. The best fruits for PMS are seasonal, grown in temperate
climates, such as apples and pears, which have more fiber and less
Poly-and monounsaturated oils such as corn, sesame, olive,
Plus, make sure you rotate your foods to minimize symptoms of food
allergies, which can be worse just before your period; eat heavier
meals early in the day and lighter meals in the evening; chew thoroughly;
and make changes in your diet slowly, typically one at a time.
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