Contributed By Mildred H.

My PMS-Busting Recipe

  • Eat more leafy green vegetables
  • Include fish such as sardines and yellow fin tuna in your diet
  • Add black, pinto and navy beans to meals
  • Eat seaweed rich foods like sushi and miso soup
  • Have nuts at snack time.

Mood SwingsPMS affects my life greatly. It starts two weeks before my period and last for about ten days. My moods swing from anxious to depressed to anxious back to depressed then angry and so on. When I begin experiencing these emotional swings, I am usually aware they are PMS-related and I know that under ordinary circumstances I would not be reacting the same way. But it’s still a debilitating experience. After years of tolerating this monthly emotional cycle, I decided to take some action to stop them. I was able to do so by making some changes to my diet.

Ingredient 1:  Vitamin B1/Thiamine – Whole grains, beans, nuts and red meat are excellent sources of Thiamine. Also, yellow fin tuna, black, pinto and navy beans, corn and Brussels sprouts are full of thiamine.

Ingredient 2:  Vitamin B2/Riboflavin – Riboflavin-rich foods include milk, eggs, green vegetables and red meat. Mushrooms, venison, beef, spinach and soy beans are also high in riboflavin.

Ingredient 3:  Calcium – Cheese, yogurt, milk, sardines, spinach, kale, turnip and collard greens are all rich in calcium.

Vitamins B1 and B2 affect the brain’s chemicals that trigger PMS. Women who eat foods rich in these vitamins have a 35% lower risk of experiencing PMS. While it is now old news that calcium helps PMS, recent research dictates that taking supplements and eating lots of dairy doesn’t help due to the high fat content in dairy. Instead, green leafy vegetables, seaweed, nuts, flaxseed and beans are better alternatives.  They also contain vitamins D and K which helps the body to absorb calcium.

What are your tips to lessen PMS symptoms? We invite to share your tips in the box below.