Combating The Dreaded PMS
I believe being an erotic woman is something that most women aspire to, but for those of us who suffer from the dreaded effects of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) this can seem an impossible feat.
With the ever growing demands from the media, expecting us to be confident, beautiful and quick witted at all times, it’s no wonder that many of us struggle in our search for happiness. But the truth of the matter is this: in real life, no one expects you to be erotic, exotic and confident all the time, and quite frankly, trying to keep up those energy levels, especially when your hormones are imbalanced, takes an incredible amount of effort and can be quite detrimental to your health and well being. Down time is important, evaluating your life is essential and learning new strategies to help keep your body in tune – priceless.
Even though it is imperative to take time out when you are feeling blue, you must remember not to dwell too much on the things you cannot change. Perhaps during this time of the month your behaviour becomes erratic. Maybe you seem confused, exhausted and overly critical of yourself or others. There are many different symptoms of PMS and the intensity of each symptom will vary from woman to woman, but if there is one thing I have learned from my research, and from my own personal experience, it is this; PMS can wreak havoc with a woman’s self esteem.
Humour me for a moment; think of your body like it’s a car. Only you know what type of car you are and only you will know how to maintain it to its optimum. For starters – what kind of petrol do you require? And how often do you need it? When it’s running poorly, how long do you wait before you get it serviced? In other words, what does it take to keep your body running smoothly?
According to research, changing your diet can almost rid your body entirely of the dreaded PMS. It has been widely stated that modern convenience food, for instance those loaded with saturated fats, is largely to blame for many of the hormonal problems women experience, as it increases the body’s natural level of oestrogen.
There are a number of natural remedies available to assist you in your fight against PMS. This month however, we are focusing on the power of nutrition and healthy eating, as a means to reduce the intensity of those nasty and debilitating symptoms.
Provided below are a few tips that have proven helpful for some women;
*For mood swings, nervous tension and anxiety, a supplement of vitamin B6 and magnesium may do the trick. Vitamin B6 are found naturally in such foods as wheat germ, bananas, potatoes, nuts, especially walnuts, fish, turkey, bacon and beans. Magnesium is found in wholegrain cereals, wheat germ, nuts and seeds, soya beans, tofu and dried fruits.
*For tender breasts, bloating and weight gain add some vitamin E, found naturally in nuts and seeds, especially sunflower seeds and almonds, salmon, tuna, avocado, spinach, blackberries, broccoli and green leafy vegetables, sweet potato and oats.
*For dizziness, headaches, craving for sweets and exhaustion, try chromium from seafood, nuts, pulses, wholegrain cereals, meat, eggs, potatoes and peppers.
*For insomnia, depression and confusion, you may need to increase your vitamin C intake. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, strawberries, peppers, guavas, tomatoes, potatoes, black currants, green leafy vegetables, especially when raw, parsley and raw red cabbage.