A roundup of natural tips and tricks to ease PMS symptoms without having to reach for pain medications or harsh chemicals! Easy, effective, and all natural PMS relief.
(Heads up! For my guy readers out there, this post is for the ladies!)
If you’re a women (heck I think men have their ‘time of the month’ too!) then you’ve no doubt experienced your share of PMS symptoms.
Mood swings. Uncomfortable bloating. Painful ramping. Uncontrollable crying bouts. Strange food cravings. It can all be a nightmare.
In fact there’s over 150 documented possible symptoms that can hit you the week before your period…all due to a little imbalance between estrogen and progesterone. Darn hormones!
Luckily, there’s a solution. If you’re sick of pain and discomfort during ‘that time of the month’…I’ve got you covered today! Over 70% of women experience some sort of menstrual side effects when they have their period. No need to reach for the pain meds anymore, however. You can ease symptoms the natural way these 5 tips. All are easy to follow, inexpensive, and just as effective as your normal go-to medication.
BOLSTER Your Diet-Add foods to your normal diet that are proven to aid your body during your period. These include…
+sesame seeds | high in calcium and easy to incorporate into your diet
+dill | fresh dill is packed with calcium to ease cramps
+parsley | high in minerals and vitamin C, when parsley is cooked, it can be a great food to help your body relax from aching
+celery | eating celery helps fight fluid retention during your time of the month
+salmon | high in omega-3 fatty acids, this superfood is said to help fight inflammation all over your body
+sacha inchi seeds | just like salmon, sacha inchi seeds are rich in inflammation-fighting omega-3s
+chocolate | as long as it’s 70% cocoa or higher, you can feel good about indulging those ‘time of the month’ chocolate cravings
TREAT Yourself to a Massage
Whether you make an appointment or go the DIY route, massage can ease muscle tension, relieve stress, and increase blood circulation. All good things when it comes to PMS! Reach for lotions or oils with lavender scents or geranium for estrogen balance and muscle relaxing effects.
Easy or mild exercise can help quell PMS symptoms. Don’t go overboard, but the burst of endorphins you get from a sweat sesh triggers the release of dopamine and serotonin. A short workout also increases blood circulation and can help ease cramps. Stretching is great too!
Acupuncture can increase circulation and endorphin levels. These two changes in your body enhance mood and can provide pain relief. Usually relief is felt within a day after an acupuncture session.
START a Supplement
Your period is not something to medicate. More and more pharmaceutical companies are offering prescription drugs and chemical laden pain pills to treating PMS like its a disease. This leads to millions of women suffering from side-effects and long-term health concerns that are even worse than PMS itself.
If you’re going to take something for PMS…it might as well be natural and herbal. That’s where Jayde comes in for me.
Jayde is a new PMS pain relief product from IntraNaturals that’s 100% natural, herbal, and safe. It’s a healthy alternative to medications and over the counter drugs. It’s made with Cramp Bark, Turmeric Curcumin, Boswellia, and Bromelian—a mixture inspired by ancient healing practices. I started taking it earlier this year and have noticed a HUGE difference during my time of the month. My cramps are eased, my fatigue is reduced, and I feel more like myself overall.
If you want to try Jayde for yourself, IntraNaturals is allowing me to giveaway 2 bottles of it to two different winners! Enter below…
Now that you have those helpful tips, I’ve also got some remedies from a few friends of mine…
BATHS!! Not only for cramps and lower back pain, but also for moodiness | Christine
Eat magnesium enriched foods such as black beans, avocado, figs, banana, almonds, pumpkin seeds, dark leafy greens! | Jules
Doing a project or craft! Doing something with my hands and having something tangible at the end helps keep my mind off that time of the month. | Gretchen
Evening Primrose Oil. Take it the week before and during. Also – peppermint tea! Helps SO much! | Liz
Lots of water, comfy sweats, and reminding myself that PMS bloat is nothing to be ashamed of – just my body’s natural state❤️ | Cayanne
Lots of pineapple – they contain manganese & bromelain. The manganese could help with the mood swings and the bromelain could help menstrual cramping. | Serena
Movement helps ease PMS symptoms. Not just the days you’re feeling bleh, but the week leading up to your period it’s important to make sure you’re getting regular exercise. Drinking lots of water and avoiding really fatty, heavy, overly sugary foods and drinks when you’re feeling bleh helps. | Kaylin
Hydrating helps a little bit with bloating, and if all else fails, I try to get my boyfriend to switch places with me for a day. 😉 | Nicole
I use one of those microwaveable hot packs (I have a hand made one with flax from a farmers market vendor) to ease cramps. I also eat a lot of ice cream becauase it makes be feel better! LOL | Melissa
Curling up with a cat or dog on my lap and drinking hot jasmine green tea with a tiny bit of honey. I sound like such an old lady. 😉 | Farrah
Raspberry leaf tea (needs to be used throughout the month), and calcium/magnesium. | Sarah
Thanks ladies!! These are awesome!
Do you experience PMS symptoms?
What do you do to ease cramps and other TOTM discomfort?
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