Though menstruation is a natural occurrence in a woman’s life, PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is not. For two to ten days before the onset of menstruation, millions of women are afflicted with the symptoms of PMS, a wide range of physical discomforts and mood disorder that include bloating, blues, insomnia, severe abdominal pain, uncontrolled rages, crying spells, and even suicidal depression.Being nutritionally fit is a woman’s best defence against PMS.As with all illness, which PMS is, stress – and the inability of the body to combat it – is a key factor. Inadequate nutrition not only decreases resistance to stress but can even be the cause of it. Being nutritionally fit is a woman’s best defence against PMS. But if you’re already afflicted with the syndrome, knowing what and what not to eat is one of the most effective ways to fight back.
Avoid These Foods And Beverages:•   Salt and salty foods.•   Licorice (Licorice stimulates the production of aldosterone, which causes further retention of sodium and water.)•   Caffeine in all forms – coffee, chocolate, colas, and so on (Caffeine increases the craving for sugar, depletes В vitamins, washes out potassium and zinc, and increased hydrochloric acid (HC1) secretions, which can cause abdominal irritation.)•   Alcohol (Alcohol adversely affects blood sugar, depletes magnesium levels, and can interfere with proper liver function, aggravating PMS.)•   Astringent dark teas (Tannin binds important minerals and prevents absorption in the digestive tract.)•   Spinach, beet greens, and other oxalate-containing vegetables (Oxalates make minerals non-assimilable, difficult to be properly absorbed.)
Increase These Foods And Beverages:•   Raw sunflower seeds, dates, figs, peaches, bananas, potatoes, peanuts, and tomatoes (rich in potassium)•   Strawberries, watermelon (eat seeds), artichokes, asparagus, parsley, watercress (these are natural diuretics)’•   Safflower, sunflower, sesame, or almond oil (2 tbsp, daily) or fish oil (2 tsp. daily) (Adequate amounts of essential fatty acids are required for the production of steroid hormones and prostaglandins, which have a marked effect on the uterus.)•   Figs, grapefruit, yellow corn, dark-green vegetables, apples (rich in magnesium, necessary for a healthy reproductive system, reduced during menstruation, and found in low levels among PMS sufferers)*16/137/5*

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