How to Combat PMT

Combating PMT begins with understanding the condition. Premenstrual Syndrome, also known as PMT or more commonly PMS, is a set of symptoms that affect women up to two weeks before ovulation begins. The condition is characterized by depression, bloating, cramping, mood swings and other symptoms. The physical, psychological and emotional components of PMT make the illness a challenge to treat. Many women try a few things before finding a treatment that works.


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      Change your diet. Reduce the amount of refined sugars, caffeine and salt in your diet, as these foods promote some of the symptoms of PMT. Eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of proteins, fruits, vegetables and fiber from grains. Don't forget dairy products for calcium.

    • 2

      Take vitamins daily to build a healthier body. PMT symptoms are exacerbated by bad health. According to the Mayo Clinic, 1,000mg of calcium each day along with B6, magnesium and L-tryptophan supplements can provide the body with the ammunition needed to overcome some PMT symptoms such as mood swings and fatigue. Consider taking a vitamin D supplement for depression as well.

    • 3

      Exercise daily. Incorporate plenty of stretching exercises to increase flexibility and prevent PMT's cramping symptom. Exercise releases endorphins that combat mood swings and depression.

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      Keep a journal of your symptoms. Record the day and time that you experience the symptoms, accompanied by your food intake and activities for the day.

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      Go see your doctor. Take the journal with you. If the diet change, vitamins and exercise do not work, you may need pharmaceutical intervention. Review the journal with your doctor to find out what may trigger the symptoms.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult you doctor on diet tips, the proper vitamin intake and helpful exercises. You can do this with a physical prior to starting your PMT treatment tricks.
  • Drug therapy could involve antidepressants and diuretics but may also include birth-control pills. New low-hormone birth control pills also help combat the symptoms of PMT.
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