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Fighting PMS with Nutrition

Your cramps are raging. You are a productive, busy women who can’t sit around taking over the counter pain medicine and wearing a hot pad all week. You need an alternative way to keep your PMS under control. Try: healthy foods! Here are a few tips on how to eat right during that time of the month.

Low Fat Yogurt: Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium. Studies conducted at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst found that a calcium rich diet can reduce symptoms of PMS by up to 40%.

Salmon: Salmon is a great source of vitamin D and vitamin B6, which reduce irritability and breast tenderness.

Broccoli: Broccoli has many health benefits from it’s abundance of vitamin A, C, B6, and E. Broccoli also includes calcium, potassium, and magnesium- all of which help regulate your estrogen levels and digestive system.

Pumpkin Seeds: Pumpkin Seeds hold high levels of magnesium, which can help lift your mood and fight water retention. You can also get iron, fiber, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acid from eating pumpkin seeds.

Egg: Adding an egg yoke to your diet every day can increase your levels of vitamin D, B6, and E- all of which reduce PMS symptoms.

Peanuts: Peanuts are high in magnesium and vitamin B6. These can help regulate serotonin- lifting your mood and even preventing bloating.

Banana: Bananas are rich on potassium and reduce menstrual cramps- especially after a workout.

Chamomile Tea: Chamomile Tea is known as the relaxing, bedtime tea. Therefore, it can decrease muscle tension and ease your mood. Chamomile Tea is also caffeine free, eliminating the breast tenderness and irritability associated with caffeine intake.

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