Every woman knows the pain and discomfort that comes a-knocking once a month but few know of the foods that can help you deal with it.
While everyone’s symptoms are different, most women will suffer from irritability, anxiety, bloating, digestive problems, craving, breast swelling, disturbed sleep, cramping and/or headaches.
We’re exhausted just listing them.
But there are some foods that you can incorporate into your diet to get you through those few days with a little more ease.
And you should have most of these in your kitchen already.
Not only are avocados the most Instagramable food right now, they can also help you during that time of the month.
With plant sterols that can reduce excess oestrogen in the body, avocados can help with symptoms like PMS weight gain, lack of energy and reduced sex drive.
Bananas are full of vitamin B6 and potassium which are both great for reducing bloating and water retention.
B6 can also help boost your mood and ease breast tenderness.
As well as adding a healthy dose of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, fish will add a much needed dose of magnesium into your diet.
Magnesium can have a huge effect of symptoms such as poor sleep, cramping, bloating and headaches.
Figs and dark leafy greens are also full of magnesium.
Yogurt is packed with calcium and vitamin D which have been scientifically proven to reduce PMS-associated symptoms like pain, swelling, bloating and mood swings.
With probiotics to help ease digestion, this little pot can work miracles.
Unfortunately, we’re not talking your standard milk chocolate. Raw dark chocolate contains mood and energy-boosting chemicals as well as a whole lot of magnesium and calcium which we’ve already boasting about.
With the growing popularity of alternative chocolates, raw dark chocolate is becoming more readily available in general supermarkets.
And if there’s a two-for-one offer on, get yourself some milk chocolate too.
We all deserve some enjoyment during this terrible time.