Banish PMS for Good!

Banish PMS for Good!

It’s that time of the month again. Your feeling agitated, sleepless nights and no amount of paracetamol seem to be able to stop that pounding headache. Fear, not ladies, we hear you loud and clear. That is why we will be sharing with you a few ways you can alleviate the symptoms of PMS by making a few changes in your diet, and explain how this will benefit your body.  

Eating for your Hormones

Ensuring that your hormones are properly balanced are key to a well-functioning body. Focusing on your nutrition will help you to achieve this. Begin, by prioritising the amounts of healthy fats you consume. Doing so will help your body to stabilise the production of cortisol and adrenaline. In addition to this, they will stimulate ghrelin production - the hormone responsible for controlling your appetite and prevent you from developing insulin resistance. Finally, healthy fats help with fighting inflammation in the body, having a knock-on effect on overall hormonal health. The foods that are high in healthy fats, that we recommend are:

  • Fish (Salmon, Tuna, Sardines, Mackerel)
  • Egg Yolks 
  • Ghee
  • Avocado
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Nuts (Almonds, Pistachio, Walnuts, Hazelnuts)
  • Seeds (Chia Seeds, Flaxseeds, Sesame Seeds)

Healthy Gut, Healthy Body

We all know the importance of having a healthy gut. When you are experiencing PMS symptoms, the digestive system is responsible for regulating oestrogen levels and is excreted through your bowels. A common symptom of PMS is constipation, this is primarily due to the oestrogen build-up in the digestive tract. To prevent this, we recommend eating plenty of fibres and probiotic-rich foods such as:

  • Kefir
  • Yoghurt
  • Mushrooms
  • Bone Broths (If you are feeling really adventurous!)
  • Pickles

  • The Power of Magnesium

    To help with reducing water retention in the body, increase the number of foods high in magnesium. This will regulate the neurotransmitter serotonin, which has a direct effect on your mood. Research has shown a causal relationship between the level of magnesium and PMS symptoms. Women who were found to have lower levels of magnesium experienced more PMS symptoms than those who had higher levels of magnesium. The best sources of magnesium we recommend trying are:

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Green Vegetables
  • Okra
  • Peanut Butter
  • Edamame
  • Brown Rice
  • Peas
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