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3 tips to relieve PMS

3 tips to relieve PMS

PMS is the poster child for common, but not normal. Most of us deal with some form of PMS, varying from mild discomfort to utterly debilitating every month. And while it’s easy for this to become routine, there are holistic solutions that can help manage PMS symptoms.

Despite what you’ve heard or experienced, it is possible to feel like the best version of yourself all month long. We promise!

Before diving into the lifestyle tips to combat PMS, we wanted to clarify the difference between dysmenorrhea and PMS.

PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is a collection of signs and symptoms that occur before your menstruation starts. PMS symptoms can be physical (e.g. bloating, cramping, breast tenderness) or psychological (e.g. depression, anxiety, increased sensitivity).

Dysmenorrhea is classified as painful periods. Dysmenorrhea occurs during your menstruation and may include abdominal cramping, back pain, and pelvic pain.

Both PMS and dysmenorrhea can vary from mild to severe and are both conditions that impact people who menstruate.

3 Holistic Ways to Combat PMS

#1: Diet

An increase in inflammation = worse PMS. The foods you eat have an impact on the severity of PMS. Limiting inflammatory foods (processed foods, fried foods, sugar, and alcohol) can help reduce symptoms. Focus on whole foods, lots of fiber, and healthy fats (like avocados and olive oil).

#2: Exercise

Movement throughout the month helps prevent PMS symptoms. During your period, gentle movement can relieve cramps and bloating and improve mood! Stick to restorative yoga, easy walks, and light swimming. If you haven’t tried Yoga with Adriene’s Yoga for Cramps and PMS, do it during your next cycle!

#3: Stay Topped up on Micronutrients

Our hormone balancing capsule is a clinically formulated supplement that gives you back the 18 nutrients that hormonal birth control or stress can strip away. It also reduces inflammation and decreases PMS symptoms.

Here’s a list of evidence-backed micronutrients in our hormone balancing capsule that have been shown to be helpful in treating PMS:

Magnesium and B6: reduces premenstrual anxiety, depression, bloating, and cramping.

Vitamin B1: relieves cramping, mental and physical symptoms of PMS.

Zinc: improves psychological and psychomotor symptoms of PMS. People with PMS tend to have lower zinc levels.

Vitamin E: has anti-prostaglandin effects that have been shown to be effective in reducing menstrual migraines.

Vitamin C: low antioxidant status has also been associated with PMS, so improving antioxidant status with nutrients like vitamin C, E and zinc can be helpful in treating PMS.

Probiotics: regulate the frequency of bowel movements and decrease bloating.

Additionally, B vitamins, CoQ10, and Iodine help to improve the physical symptoms of PMS AND balance mood.

It’s important to remember treating PMS holistically takes commitment and time! It normally takes 3 cycles before a significant change in symptoms can be felt and seen.

Life is unpredictable. Your hormones don’t have to be.

Give your body the hormonal balance it needs in a single daily dose.

ESSENTIAL TAKEAWAYS

PMS symptoms can be physical (e.g. bloating, cramping, breast tenderness) or psychological (e.g. depression, anxiety, increased sensitivity).

Movement throughout the month helps prevent PMS symptoms. During your period, gentle movement can relieve cramps and bloating and improve mood!

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