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Tips to reduce discomfort during PMS: Doctor's advice

Tips to reduce discomfort during PMS: Doctor's advice Illustrative photo (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is one of the most common disorders faced by women of reproductive age. If the symptoms are very severe, it is recommended to consult a gynecologist.

Dr. Yuliia Koval shared tips on how to reduce discomfort during this period.

Doctor’s tips for managing PMS

The doctor explained that making smart food choices can help alleviate some symptoms associated with PMS.

Try to follow a healthy eating pattern that emphasizes fresh, unprocessed foods and avoid foods high in carbohydrates or refined fats, salt, alcohol, and stimulants like coffee.

Yuliia said that studies have shown the effectiveness of micronutrients, especially calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, and B vitamins, so it's worth diversifying your diet.

Consume calcium-rich foods: dairy products, nuts and seeds, soy, soft and hard cheeses, leafy greens, and beans.

Several studies have shown that subjects with PMS have lower serum calcium levels, and calcium supplements can significantly improve PMS frequency and associated symptoms.

Eat magnesium-rich foods. These include whole grains, nuts, seeds (especially pumpkin), and seafood.

Magnesium supplements are considered effective for preventing dysmenorrhea, PMS, and menstrual migraines, and combining magnesium with vitamin B6 can effectively reduce premenstrual stress and improve mental state.

Add sources of vitamin B6, which can be found in pistachios, turkey, beans, bananas, and potatoes.

Include physical activity on most days of the week, as this can help normalize fluid balance and improve mood. And, of course, pay attention to sleep hygiene.

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