Hormones play a tremendous role in our lives and women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome may be more acutely aware of this than others. The symptoms can be very uncomfortable and many women seek natural remedies for PMS to help them to overcome this challenge so they can live their daily lives each time they reach that time of their cycle.
Natural remedies for PMS can focus on various common symptoms such as cramping, bloating, fatigue, and others. These are sometimes preferable to some women who would rather avoid taking chemical based and synthetic drugs to help control their symptoms.
Many natural remedies for PMS include certain lifestyle or nutrition changes as well as certain herbal supplements or to help reduce the discomforts. Among the most common include the following:
· Changes in nutrition – This can include: avoiding large amounts of omega-6 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fats, reducing artificial and chemical food ingredients as well as in household and personal products such as soaps, cleansers, moisturizers, shampoos, floor cleaner, bathroom cleaner, and even laundry detergent and fabric softener. The chemicals found in many of those products can mimic hormones and worsen symptoms. Healthy fats should be consumed to a greater degree, as should anti-inflammatory foods.
· Magnesium supplements – This mineral supports a large number of functions of the body, including improved sleep, which is critical to keeping PMS symptoms down, particularly pain and fatigue. It can also help to reduce cramping associated with premenstrual syndrome.
· Gelatin – Many people don’t realize that gelatin contains phosphate, calcium and magnesium. These support digestive health and hormone production, but they also reduce inflammation, which can help in easing cramping.
· Sleep – With or without the assistance of supplements, sleep is very important to an appropriate hormone balance, avoiding fatigue, and reducing pain. Be especially vigilant about prioritizing sleep when you are struggling with PMS symptoms.
· Exercise – You might not feel motivated to get up and move around, but few actions have more of an all-around symptom improving benefit than exercise. It helps to wake you up, reduce pain and decrease bloating. It can also help to support the mood.
· Natural feminine hygiene options – Many women find that when they switch to reusable and highly absorbent cloth pads or to a menstrual cup, cramping is reduced. Many women don’t react well to the chemicals found in conventional pads and tampons, which can worsen symptoms. Once those chemicals are removed, those women can feel better nearly immediately.