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Published on February 26, 2015

Take Charge of Your Health and Decrease PMS

Take Charge of Your Health and Decrease PMS

Take Charge of Your Health and Decrease PMSPremenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a combination of physical and emotional disturbances that can occur in some women during menstruation.  An imbalance of estrogen and progesterone levels may cause you to feel tired, cranky and overly emotional. If PMS is interfering with your daily activities and relationships, there are things that you can do to ease the symptoms and make yourself feel better. According to Julia Willner MD, a PIH Health OB/Gyn physician, these five lifestyle changes can help relieve the symptoms of PMS:

  1. Take a women’s multivitamin: Calcium, magnesium and vitamin B6 will help stabilize mood swings and minimize cramps.
  2. Modify your diet: Limiting salt intake one week before menstruation can minimize water retention and bloating.  Also reducing caffeine and sugar will help minimize symptoms of PMS.
  3. Limit alcohol consumption:  Alcohol can increase the intensity of headaches and fatigue.
  4. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to help reduce fluid retention and bloating.
  5. Exercise:  Aerobic or cardiovascular exercises can reduce the uncomfortable symptoms of PMS by reducing stress, increasing circulation and releasing endorphins.

If you are unable to manage your PMS symptoms and you are not able to perform your daily activities, consult your doctor for professional evaluation.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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