- Mood swings
- Fluid retention
- Food cravings
- Breast tenderness
- Abdominal pain
Low endorphin levels may also cause some of the symptoms of Pre–Menstrual Syndrome. Endorphins are natural pain–relieving chemicals that the body produces, their levels may be adversely affected by hormonal changes. Exercise is recommended to alleviate the symptoms of PMS because it increases endorphins. It was originally thought that stress caused PMS, but studies have shown that it is the other way around. Pre–Menstrual Syndrome causes stress. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce Pre–Menstrual Syndrome symptoms, and most of them are readily available to women. The first is diet. Here are seven simple diet tips for women with PMS.
Cut back on caffeine and alcohol to reduce irritability, fatigue, depression and headaches
Curtail your intake of salt. It may worsen fluid retention.
Eat plenty of calcium–rich foods to reduce bloating and moodiness.
Load up on complex carbohydrates to increase serotonins. Bread is a good choice.
The herbs black cohosh and dong quoi may ease Pre–Menstrual Syndrome symptoms.
Increase your intake of soy. It contains a natural plant estrogen which appears to reduce hormonal difficulties.