Pms Remedies

Written by Gregg Ruais
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There are many myths surrounding PMS and possible remedies. There are people who believe that coffee drinks, chocolate, or salty foods can relieve premenstrual pain, bloating, and moodiness. These ideas have not only been disproved but have been shown to produce opposite results. Caffeine, a stimulant found in both coffee and chocolate, will actually trigger worse symptoms. Salt increases bloating.

Some medical researchers claim drinking vast amounts of water can reduce PMS symptoms. An herbal remedy called chasteberry, which can be purchased as an over-the-counter drug, proved effective in treating a little over 50 percent of women who tried it. Experts have also reported that calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E may help with symptoms as well. Women who have PMDD, the most severe form of PMS, which affects approximately seven percent of menstruating women, often find relief from drugs that contain Prozac.

Some doctors advise women to drink rosemary tea three times during the week before their periods. The only necessary ingredient is dried rosemary. A teaspoonful should steep in boiling water for ten minutes. This beverage supposedly balances women's hormone levels, making PMS symptoms milder.

Dietary PMS Remedies

Women who suffer from PMS should avoid foods and drinks high in sugar content, regardless of how much they may enjoy those things. PMS experts recommend eating small portions of food. Women who normally eat three meals each day should consider switching to five smaller meals while menstruating. Salty foods should be avoided like the plague. Complex carbohydrates, like those found in brown rice and whole wheat breads, are preferable to refined foods, like pretzels and white bread. Fruits and vegetables are a must. Doctors contend women should exercise while experiencing PMS.

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