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How to Relieve PMS

Many women suffer from PMS during that time of the month. Common signs:
  • bloating
  • excessive stomach pain (especially at the lower area)- the pain is similar to a mild labor pain
  • lower back pain
  • tired
  • sometimes headaches or migraines
I used to have PMS during the years when I was inactive and not exercising. However, after I started exercising, the time of the month feels just like any other day. The only problem I would encounter is if I eat the wrong kind of food. The older generation had taught me about some food to avoid- no harm trying.

Some tips may help to make the condition more bearable:
 
  • avoid iced drinks- especially real ice ones like smoothies. In Eastern beliefs, ice makes the womb cold and so, weakens it and increases the pain
  • reduce tea and coffee intake. If you must have coffee, stick to lower caffeine doses and try to avoid strong ones like lattes and expressos.
  • certain ‘cooling’ fruits such as watermelon, honeydue, pineapple and sometimes mango
  • too much starchy/ hard to digest food that will further encourage bloating such as creamy soups, cakes with lots of creams.
  • chillies
What will help:
  • drink lots of warm water (no chilled water please). Water reduces fluid retention and bloating
  • ‘warm’ food- try to put more ginger into your cooking. You can cook sliced ginger with chicken and if you take white wine, add a bit to the cooking. It warms your body.
  • take warm soup (not those laden with cream)
  • definitely- exercise. Exercise helps a great deal- especially yoga because you will stretch your body a lot and increase the circulation of your lower body. It’s very effective especially if done about one day before the menses (keep a calendar of the time and you will be able to estimate the date).
Once, I had bloating, cramps and headache during that time of the month. I attended a yoga class and after about 15 minutes into the sun salutation and stretches, the headache just went off. I felt so much better.
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