Not that PMS is a problem for me… cause it’s not at all, ok? But, I happened to be browsing through a pretty amazing website from the University of Wisconsin (UW) Madison with tons of free info about natural or “non-medicine” ways to deal with various health issues and symptoms, including PMS symptoms. Again, it’s not an issue for me, but you know… I have friends.
Anyway, WILY is that these are a few basic things to help with PMS symptoms:
- Move. As if we don’t need more evidence that exercise and eating more fruits and veggies will make us healthier, but there ya go. I will say, that the more consistently I exercise, the less severe my friends’ PMS symptoms.
- Eat fiber-rich foods. Yeah, the fruit and veggie thing I mentioned above.
- Find a therapist. UW says that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (which I know very little/nothing about) can help us ladies handle our emotions… instead of just eating another bar of chocolate and glass of wine.
- Acupuncture. I am lucky to work with an amazing MD Acupuncturist, so I’ve learned a little bit about acupuncture for hormone balance. If you’re interested, I can try to help you find an acupuncturist near you to learn more.
- Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin E. Nutrients schmootrients. You don’t necessarily have to take a supplement. Actually, food is the best, first option. Sooo, it’s as easy as eating some greens and avocado!! Leafy greens (swiss chard, spinach, kale and collards) have Mag and Calcium, and sunflower seeds, almonds, swiss chard and avocados are full of Vitamin E.
Here’s where I learned WILY:
So, cheers (green smoothies and juices all around) to next month (and the next and next)!