Pulling your hair out? Can’t stand the pain? Been there, done that! So now that we’re on a level playing field, I can talk from experience. Almost everyone knows what premenstrual syndrome is, because it is so real and so common among women. However, if you are one of the few who doesn’t, it basically involves the symptoms that women suffer from before their menstrual cycles begin every month.
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Around 75% of all women suffer from premenstrual syndrome and it’s impossible to ignore it. The symptoms range from headaches and mood swings to bloating and other problems which threaten relationships, work life, and well-being. To think that such a high percentage of women actually go through such a lot of struggle and require medical aid to ease the pain to live a normal life is just heart wrenching. But fret not, ladies. If you are one who doesn’t turn to over-the-counter medicines to ease the pain, and are willing to suffer instead, well I’ve got some good news for you! There are simpler ways to get rid of the effects of PMS without the ugly risk of side-effects from over-the-counter medicines.
A balanced diet is essential to reduce the severity of PMS symptoms. Studies have shown that women who take multivitamin tablets have fewer symptoms of PMS than women who don’t.
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Moderate exercise for around 30 minutes a day is a good way to relieve severity of PMS symptoms. Muscle strengthening helps to ease pain and brings with it many other benefits that defeat the pain of PMS.
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Renowned American philosopher William James once said, the greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. So, it basically our choice whether to let stress affect us or not. Lesser stress equals lesser PMS symptoms. So make the right choices.
Hot water bag
Placing a hot water bag on your abdomen is another way to ease pain. You can even apply this to your lower back if you are experiencing severe pain.
Your body obviously needs adequate sleep during such a time. So make sure you fulfil your sleep duty and don’t compromise on your 8 hour quota.
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Vitamin B6 is responsible for red blood cell metabolism, blood sugar levels, and function of the immune and nervous symptoms. All this is certainly related to your menstrual cycle and therefore it is essential that your body gets enough supply of this vitamin through either a supplement or through your diet.
Flaxseed is high in lignans, which help bind up free estrogen, and high in fiber, which will help relieve constipation and move hormones out of the body. So add this to your diet if you can.
So women, remember, you don’t have to live through excruciating pain at all times. It isn’t a curse on womanhood, or let’s just abstain from considering it that way. Instead, you can thrive and be healthy by paying attention to a few natural laws of biology. You don’t need drugs to survive!