How about some more info on how you can find some PMS relief. Not everything is for eveyone, but some is for some. You can read the previous post for more information as well. So, let's continue.
Vitamin B6 and magnesium are necessary for the liver to neutralize estrogen. Increased sugar intake will also excrete magnesium and interfere with its ability to breakdown estrogen. Vitamin B can prevent clots from increasing as well as dissolve existing clots and research has shown that supplementation with this vitamin can reduce heart disease by 40 per cent. The amount of vitamin B6 should be limited to no more than 100 mg/day. Magnesium supplementation of 360mg/day has been shown to reduce total symptom scores. The largest effect was noted with breast tenderness and weight gain, which were both reduced by over 90%. Magnesium can help fluid retention. PMS Krill Oil is shown to help relieve cramps, water-retention and mild mood changes associated with PMS. As a dietary supplement, take two softgels daily with a meal or snack.
Remember that diet and exercise are important components in controlling the severity of PMS symptoms for many women. It is best to eat a diet rich in complex carbohydrates (whole grains, fruits, and veggies), and to avoid, as best you can, refined sugar, salt, alcohol, smoking and caffeine before and during your period. PMS causes bloating and water retention, as does salt intake. Avoid foods that are hard-to-digest and favor foods that are easy-to-digest and nourishing. Other dietary alterations that have been recommended include restricting the intake of animal fats, dairy products and calcium.
Yes, chocolate does have some value to us as it contains magnesium, a mineral that decreases menstrual cramping and helps normalize glucose metabolism. But the problem with using sugar and chocolate to meet these nutritional needs is that consuming them often induces a let-down feeling, fatigue, and headaches-all of which are characteristic of some types of PMS.
Studies also show that exercise can help reduce PMS symptoms; we suggest a goal of up to 30 minutes of exercise three to five times a week. The last thing a woman should do is immediately demand medication; she should first try some elementary lifestyle changes. Exercise helps premenstrually, as well as for cramps during your period. Although it seems as if that's the last thing you'd want to do, it can help.
PMS does not excuse or rationalize annoying, hurtful behavior, but it does explain such behavior. We need to understand our physical and emotional symptoms so we can recognize them when we experience them; we should take extra precautions not to overwhelm our family, friends and co-workers with our PMS drama!