Health | January 24th 2017

Natural Cures for PMS

Every woman can relate to the terrible cramps, mood swings, cravings, and other annoyances of PMS. Not everyone shares the same symptoms or the same levels of discomfort, but nobody likes those few days leading up to your period. If you feel like there’s nothing you can do to get through your PMS symptoms, join the club. That’s why we decided to do some research on natural cures for PMS symptoms, and then rounded up the most helpful tips to share with you guys. Instead of popping an Ibuprofen and spend the whole day watching Netflix, try out some of these tricks to cure your PMS.


Burdock Root 

Burdock is a plant known for its anti-inflammatory effects, but many people don’t know that the root also contains a small amount of plant steroids which can help improve the liver’s ability to metabolize hormones in the body. By drinking some burdock root tea, the steroids in the plant will affect the estrogen in your body and help balance out your hormones. If you’re feeling bloated and uncomfortable, brew a cup before bedtime. You’ll swear by it!


Magnesium-Rich Foods

Many women don’t realize that craving sweets before your period is actually a sign of Magnesium deficiency. By eating magnesium-rich foods during the days before your period arrives, you’ll be less likely to experience the strong cravings that come along with PMS. Try loading up on leafy greens, whole grains, bananas, nuts, and avocados. If you’re still craving the chocolate after dinner, have a piece! It won’t kill you.


Maca Root

The Maca root comes from Peru and has a history of boosting hormone production in the female body. The root is also high in minerals and essential fatty acids, which are also healthy for your hormones. Try looking for some Maca Root Powder at your nearest Health Food store. Sprinkle some in your tea, your smoothies, or even in a cup of yogurt. You’ll find you’ll feel better and more energized before your period begins.


Red Raspberry Leaf

This fertility herb is also loaded with healthy properties that have been proven to reduce cramping during PMS. It’s high in calcium, has a ton of nutrients, and even has antioxidant effects that help relax blood vessels. You can find red raspberry leaves in teas, capsules, or you can even get creative and make jams out of the leaf. The plant’s flavor is naturally sweet, so you won’t need to add any additional sugars.


Enough Sleep and Movement

These last two tips may seem obvious, but sometimes life gets busy and we forget to pencil in the time to work out or sleep a full eight-hours. It’s super important to get enough sleep and bodily movement during the days before your period, and taking the right steps in advance will help reduce your symptoms dramatically. Sleep helps balance your hormones and exercise releases endorphins, so make the time to take care of yourself. However, if your energy is lower than usual, don’t push yourself. Any low-impact cardio is effective when it comes to reducing symptoms. Listen to your body!

hannah bronfman