Put an End to PMS Naturally {Health Tips}

PMS

Do you experience abdominal pain, headaches, feel tense, sad or irritable or feel bloated and uncomfortable in the days leading up to your period? If you do, you may be experiencing Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).

The following simple dietary and lifestyle changes can help you put an end to PMS without the need of drugs:

* Watch your diet: Avoid any salty foods and drink tons of water instead of any caffeinated drinks. Salt can cause bloating and water retention and caffeine is known for exacerbating PMS symptoms like irritability.

* Don’t forget to take your vitamins:  A balanced nutrition is crucial when it comes to reducing PMS symptoms. Taking a daily women’s multivitamin and ensuring your calcium and vitamin D levels are up will help you experience fewer and less severe PMS symptoms.

* Drink a cup of Chamomile tea: Chamomile tea contains properties that help relieve muscle spasms and may help reduce the severity of menstrual cramps. It also helps reduce tension that may lead to less anxiety and irritability.

* Laugh a lot:  Laughter heals the soul and soothes your spirit.  Play with your child, watch a funny movie, read a few jokes,  do anything that would make you laugh.

* Eat enough fiber-rich foods:  Consuming enough fiber can help your body get rid of excess estrogen, helping reduce PMS symptoms. (Don’t forget to drink lots of water to stay hydrated).

Get enough Iron in your diet: Every month you are losing blood during menstruation so eating foods that contain lots of iron like spinach, kale, fish, lentils, beans and almonds regularly will help you prevent anemia.

* Relax and take some time for yourself:  Indulge in a bubble bath after your children are in bed or ask your partner for a massage. You deserve some “me” time  to clear your head and relax your body.

Don’t forget to exercise: Cardio exercise will boost circulation and release endorphins that will then help reduce the symptoms of PMS.

I have already noticed a big difference in my own mood and other symptoms each month by following the tips above.

What do YOU do to deal with PMS naturally? Feel free to share your own tips!

Disclosure: You should always see your doctor if your PMS symptoms are severe or if you are concerned about any of your symptoms. 

 

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Hi, my name is Angela and I am a Canadian mom living in Vancouver with my wonderful husband and two happy little boys. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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45 responses to “Put an End to PMS Naturally {Health Tips}”

  1. MissT — May 14, 2012 @ 8:29 pm (#)

    I just avoid negative situations and do meditation helps calm me down

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  2. A.Smith — May 15, 2012 @ 2:30 am (#)

    I love the tea tip – about twice a year I get just horrible cramps so I’m using this post as a standby helper, thank you.

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  3. Shirley — May 15, 2012 @ 12:46 pm (#)

    Thanks for the helpful tips.

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  4. sabrina — May 15, 2012 @ 1:27 pm (#)

    I find that a dab of lavender essential oil under my pillowcase or anywhere on the bed soothes me andf helps me fall into a deeper sleep during these monthly moments.

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  5. Gina Z — May 15, 2012 @ 1:32 pm (#)

    These tips will definitely come in handy for the remainder of the week for me 😉 Thanks so much for sharing!! Less irritability is definitely what I am need in that’s for sure lol

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  6. Sophia — May 16, 2012 @ 10:28 pm (#)

    Great list! Exercise is a good way to focus your mind on something else and a productive workout always makes things better!

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  7. Elva Roberts — May 17, 2012 @ 3:45 pm (#)

    May 17-Yes; I suffered from PMS as did many women I knew . I loved to exercise and I believe this helped me greatly. Other times, I would promise myself a treat if I got through the day without inflicting my distress on others. This would usually be an hour or so of reading a favourite mystery. I really don’t miss those days! el03ro

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  8. M Turner — May 19, 2012 @ 11:23 am (#)

    I needed to read this thank you

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  9. Jeannette Laframboise — May 20, 2012 @ 1:25 pm (#)

    Thanks so much for posting such helpful tips. For years I had only mild symptoms of PMS and was always grateful that it was a non issue for me. Unfortunately now that I am in my mid 40’s and likely heading into menopause shortly, the PMS symptoms have become my worst nightmare! I am a bit ashamed that I have basically followed -none- of the above tips you posted. I just feel and look miserable and so I stay that way for 4-5 days. I suppose it is time to pay attention and do what I can to minimize the symptoms before my husband has a nervous breakdown… 🙂

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  10. Brittany Hamilton — May 25, 2012 @ 7:27 pm (#)

    I have a tracker on my phone that ‘reminds’ me when I am four days prior to cycle change and that’s my reminder to up the ‘mommy time’ to make sure I put a few more minutes of me time into the schedule for the week and it seems to help pull me through.

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  11. Tammy S — May 25, 2012 @ 8:30 pm (#)

    My 15 year old daughter suffers from major cramps. I will have to watch her diet by avoiding salt and esspecially caffeinated soda. I will also try and add more fiber to her diet. Thanks for these great tips!

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  12. Keara B. — May 30, 2012 @ 12:05 pm (#)

    Thanks for this fantastic post- I usually have horrible PMS and cramps, so this is extremely helpful! I’ve never tried Chamomile tea for cramps, but I’ll be sure to have some on hand next time!

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  13. Pauline H. — May 30, 2012 @ 1:49 pm (#)

    Awesome post! I usually find that yoga helps with PMS. In addition, I always make sure to take some time to myself to relax, that always works 🙂

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  14. Brianna L. — May 31, 2012 @ 1:15 am (#)

    Thanks for the post. My husband bought me an electric heat pad that I just plug in and cuddle with when things get hard. I also do Yoga and for some reason my new MUK cup has made my craps extremely better.

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  15. Deb Dorrington — June 2, 2012 @ 4:37 pm (#)

    I find since I started taking vitamins everyday especially iron it has helped. Also I drink Ginger tea and use a heating pad sometimes…your tips are great, thank you for sharing.

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  16. Maggie — June 11, 2012 @ 9:41 am (#)

    Exercise and chamomile tea are also on my list — though chocolate tends to help in a pinch! 😉

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  17. Jaimee Mcallister — July 2, 2012 @ 7:18 am (#)

    I’ve read and heard from friends about their horrible pms problems, I shutter at the thought of such abdominal pains. I don’t get pms, but this is all nice to know so I can pass the information along. Thank you

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  18. Vanessa Coker — August 25, 2012 @ 7:22 pm (#)

    I feel extremely irritable 🙁 in fact I’m going through it right now. I never thought of “doing” something about it, but after reading this I think it makes a lot of sense.

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  19. Maria Au — November 1, 2012 @ 6:20 pm (#)

    Thank you for the great tips!

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  20. Dani — November 8, 2012 @ 8:37 pm (#)

    These are great tips! Bookmarking this page 🙂

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  21. 5lita5 — February 16, 2013 @ 3:02 am (#)

    Lots of good advice! Thanks for the information!

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  22. 5lita5 — February 28, 2013 @ 5:01 am (#)

    Happy to say that I regularly DO almost all of those suggestions… and barring a chocolate craving breakdown, have little to no pms symptoms!

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  23. Anne Taylor — March 23, 2013 @ 8:16 am (#)

    When I was younger, in my 30s, I had PMS pretty much 3 weeks out of every month. After numerous attempts at different solutions, I ended up having a hysterectomy at 32. Although not the perfect situation for most, it certainly was the best for me.

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  24. Michelle Chow — April 6, 2013 @ 4:32 pm (#)

    Hello, OSM. I did not know consuming enough fibre can help women get rid of excess estrogen if they suffer from PMS symptoms. Thank you for these tips and your informative post, One Smiley Monkey.

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  25. Erika B — April 25, 2013 @ 2:06 pm (#)

    Great tips! I exercise a lot and I think that really helps!

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  26. Joyce — May 17, 2013 @ 4:52 am (#)

    I went thorugh a very early menopause ( not by choice)….

    😉 Wasn’t fun – menopause is ten times worse than any PMS I ever had.

    But while i had PMS, I did many of the things mentioned by other posters- avoided salty foods, drank a lot of water, did relaxation exercises, and also exercise to stregthen cardiovascular system, ate healthy foods- especially those with potassium, avoided caffine, had nice bubble baths with vanilla fragranced epsom salts, and avoided negative, mean people when possible ( you don’t get to choose who you work with unless you own your own company)

    Take heart- once you get thorugh menopause, you are like a different person…it’s like the sun comes out!

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  27. Rachel N — May 28, 2013 @ 10:20 am (#)

    Thanks for the tips! I never thought about losing iron but that makes total sense. I also like the chamomile tea idea.

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  28. Vesper — July 19, 2013 @ 7:29 am (#)

    Irritable was never a strong enough word to describe me on these days

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  29. Elizabeth K — July 20, 2013 @ 3:29 pm (#)

    Thanks for the tips I will pass this on to my daughter who suffers from PMS since she was 13yrs old.

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  30. Jenny — September 20, 2013 @ 7:52 pm (#)

    These are great tips! i just started to take vitamins so hopefully that will help! we’ll see. and for the chamomile tea, it sounds like a great remedy since i love tea but i am allergic to it! darn

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  31. Jeannie — October 10, 2013 @ 7:29 am (#)

    I really like your tips! I will need to try the Chamomile tea trick next month. I also avoid any carbonated drinks.

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  32. loriag — October 14, 2013 @ 7:12 am (#)

    My fav saying to the men in my house when I am PMSing is – stay out of my way and you just might live.
    I find from month to month as I get older PMS is getting worse. I do not have much in the way for tips but to eat chocolate and do something for yourself. I will though try your tips!

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  33. amy lovell — October 28, 2013 @ 8:09 am (#)

    Great tips! Thanks for posting

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  34. Laurie P — February 13, 2014 @ 6:31 am (#)

    …glad I came across this post. Great tips, a couple were new to me 🙂

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  35. Stevie Luyando — November 26, 2014 @ 11:21 am (#)

    These are some great tips thanks for sharing!

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  36. Debbie White Beattie — January 31, 2015 @ 10:34 pm (#)

    thanks for the tips I’ll have to give them a shot

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  37. kathy downey — February 12, 2015 @ 7:00 am (#)

    Thanks for the helpful tips,will pass along to my daughter who suffers for a few days each month with terrible pains

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  38. kathy downey — May 7, 2015 @ 9:43 am (#)

    Seems some of these tips work real well

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  39. kathy downey — November 3, 2015 @ 12:53 pm (#)

    My daughter says thanks for the tips….they are helping some

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