Beat Those PMS Blues
Here’s what science recommends can help
Does that time of the month sometimes drive you over the edge with crankiness? If your pals can usually predict when your period is coming just by those mood swings, try incorporating these science-backed lifestyle changes to keep those raging hormones from spinning out of control. You’ll be surprised how these simple everyday tweaks can help to keep your spirits up!
MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT
Studies by the National Institute of Health show that women with a BMI higher than 30 are three times more likely to have PMS. Researchers say this is because fat cells produce oestrogen, and its overproduction causes hormonal levels to go out of balance. Aim for a healthy BMI of 18.5 to 24.9.
USE GLASS OR CERAMIC BOWLS
Ditch commercially-packed ready meals that come in plastic food containers, as plastic commonly contains a chemical called BPA (Bisphenol A), which may leach into your food. Amongst other possible health effects on the brain, behaviour and prostate glands of children, BPA also belongs to a class of substances called xenoestrogens, which are chemicals that mimic oestrogen, creating an imbalance in the body, say US researchers.
It’s common to experience painful cramping on the first day of the menstrual cycle, due to less uterine blood flow. The practice of yoga stimulates blood flow around the body and helps to alleviate the intensity of the cramps. Yoga also helps to regulate your reproductive hormones (which contribute to PMS symptoms). Research shows that regular practice can affect levels of FSH (the follicle stimulating hormone stimulates the growth of ovarian follicles in the ovary before the release of an egg from one follicle at ovulation, it also triggers the production of estrogen in the follicle); LH (the amount of LH in your blood can indicate underlying problems associated with a variety of reproductive health issues); and PRL (prolactin is important for reproductive health and in women, its mainly used by the body to help produce milk after childbirth). When these, and other hormones, are balanced, it not only lessens painful cramping, but helps with cycle irregularities as well.
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