By Nmami Agarwal
Premenstrual syndrome, also abbreviated as PMS, is the physical and emotional conditions that women undergo during certain days of the menstrual cycle. Increase in estrogens and progesterone levels cause mood swings, anxiety, irritability and cramps making life difficult. The over-the-counter pain relievers can alleviate the cramps but that is not sufficient, to tone down the discomforts of dietary changes or some specific foods can turn out to be the best tool.
Women may think that can’t do much to bring down the complexities during PMS. But that isn’t true. There are some foods that can come out to their rescue, putting themselves in the category of superfoods for Premenstrual syndrome.
Green tea: Green tea can comfort women during PMS by lowering estrogens levels which in turn help the endocrine system to function in a more efficient manner. Their high antioxidant content boosts immunity.
Oats: They are high in magnesium, which eases the combat with PMS. Magnesium calms nerves and improves the functioning of thyroid and sex hormones. Soaking oats in water neutralizes phytic acid present in it which otherwise may inhibit absorption of magnesium.
Cucumber: It detoxifies liver which is great to boost hormone health and also strengthen metabolism. Cucumbers also have a great way of fighting acne caused by PMS.
Banana: Vitamin B6 is the key ingredient in Banana which reduces anxiety and breast tenderness during PMS. Potassium which helps in bloating and decreases chances of cramps is present in Bananas.
Dark Chocolate: Its antioxidants trigger the walls of the blood vessels to relax, lowering blood pressure and improving circulation. This treat also has magnesium which is vital in the fight against PMS discomforts. It also enhances mood.
Seeds: Vitamin B6, Magnesium and Calcium are some of the vitals that keep PMS uneasiness at bay which is present in ample in sesame, sunflower and flax seeds. Vitamin B6 synthesizes neurotransmitter dopamine calming the nerves and offer relief from cramps. Flax seeds are also high on omega-3 fatty acids, which helps in balancing hormones. The fennel seeds (sauf) helps greatly in calming the muscles.
Over to you:
There are no mountainous tasks to be accomplished for comforting yourself during PMS. All you need is some hygiene maintenance accompanied by slight inclusions of some vital food ingredients in your diet to win over the PMS.