Millions of women are affected by PMT every month, yet very often it is dismissed by health practitioners as a “just in your head” sort of thing. The term PMT is used to describe the wide range of physical and emotional discomforts: bloating and indigestion, insomnia and depression, anxiety, cramps, anger and irritability. If there are some pressing problems in your life that require a solution, PMT might make them seem bigger and more acute. No amount of health supplements or medication will help you get rid of these issues, so before you start working on your PMT it is advisable to give your attention to all the unresolved issues in your life. It might be helpful to process your feelings with the help of a qualified counsellor.
But if there is nothing tangible that need sorting in your life and you are still feeling nervous, anxious and tense at this time of the month, then you could try these vitamins and supplements.
Vitamin B6, 50-300mg daily
Magnesium, 500mg and calcium, 250mg, daily
Vitamin B5, 1000mg daily
Evening Primrose oil, 500mg, 1-3 times daily
You could try traditional herbal remedies, such as Dong quai and black cohosh, preferably after a consultation with a qualified herbalist. Ayurvedic herbal remedy Triphala aids digestion and has a calming effect.
Exercise will help improve abdominal circulation and perspiration will remove excess fluids. It is also recommended to avoid certain foods before and during your period – salt and salty foods, cold foods and beverages, alcohol and caffeine in all form. Foods to increase are:
strawberries, watermelon, artichokes, asparagus, parsley and watercress (these are natural diuretics); raw sunflower seeds, dates, figs, peaches, bananas, potatoes, peanuts and tomatoes (rich in potassium).