It's the time of the month again, and you're dreading it. Whether you've got stomach cramps, bloating, cravings, or mood swings, you've come to the right place.  We are going to cover everything you need to know about PMS from what causes PMS to how nutrition impacts PMS and what key nutrients to include in your diet.   We will also explore how hormones impact your monthly cycle.

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What Is PMS? 

Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is a group of physical and psychological symptoms that occur in the days leading up to a woman’s menstrual period. It’s estimated that 75 percent of menstruating women experience one or more symptoms each month.

For most women, PMS symptoms usually peak during the second half of the menstural cycle. For some women, the symptoms associated with PMS may be more intense and regular with every cycle, for others, it may be an occasional occurrence. Either way, PMS is not something we should be experiencing if our hormones are in balance.

The most common PMS symptoms include: 

  • fatigue

  • mood swings

  • irritability

  • anxiety

  • brain fog

  • bloating and other digestive issues such as constipation or diarrhea

  • cravings

  • tenderness in your breasts

  • acne flare-ups

  • headaches

  • disrupted sleep

What Causes PMS? 

Natural Remedies For PMS

Exercise Regularly:

  • Regular exercise can help with bloating as it helps your body with digestion 

  • Aim for more low-impact workouts during your actual period as your energy will likely be lower at this time

  • Exercise actually helps to ease cramping, so going for multiple walks a day during your period should ease some pain