PMS may be influenced by food intake. It is true that many women who seem to have the general symptoms of PMS select foods that do not give them the necessary nutrients in adequate amounts. Cravings for certain foods such as chocolate may be due to the euphoric effect of chocolate on mood. It is important for all persons to eat foods, which have been identified as healthful. A good diet is characterized by the following guidelines:
· Milk, cheese, yogurt
· Fruits and vegetables, especially those high in vitamin C and Vitamin A- oranges, grapefruit, cantaloupe, strawberries, tomatoes, carrots, greens (spinach, turnip, mustard, kale, collard), broccoli, cauliflower. Many of these have anti-oxidant cancer preventing qualities.
· Whole grain breads and cereals avoiding white flour - excess pasta, baked goods, crackers, etc.
Use skim milk, or, if you are not overweight, 1- 2% milk is acceptable. Use part skim milk cheeses to conserve calories. Discard the fat on meats, the skin on chicken and turkey. Limit your use of eggs to 3 per week. Limit your intake of liver and other organ meats. Avoid fried foods.
Be wary of all processed foods, e.g. TV dinners, canned soups, mixes for gravies and sauces, fast food, etc. They may be very high in sodium unless labeled low salt. If this is a problem for you, ask for a low sodium diet information sheet.
We call this "grazing". Skipping meals is not good practice as you can get hypoglycemic which causes irritability, shaking, headaches, anxiety, and sweats.
Those that are high in protein, vitamins, mineral, and fiber.
Eat plenty of the "protective foods" then have a sweet. Fiber helps with constipation and bloating in PMS. Green vegetables, bran, flax, prunes, and oatmeal contain fiber.
Especially B6, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Evening primrose oils, and others.
Try the Women's Wellness Place PMS supplement for a natural remedy. It is available at the office, by calling 1-800-873-9850, or the web (WWW.KRATZERTMD.COM)
These include coffee, tea, some soft drinks, and cocoa. Several non-prescription drugs also contain caffeine.
Which do not respond to diet or supplements you may need further treatment. Make an appointment with your doctor.
Try exercising 4 times a week. Limit your calorie intake. It is important to maintain ideal weight.
Do not smoke. Smoking decreases your estrogen levels and will cause infertility, premature menopausal symptoms as well as cancer and heart disease.
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