Eating Right And PMS

Time Off

The United Kingdom's National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome (NAPS) has released figures showing that 97% of British women suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Out of these women, some 13% are forced to take time off from work, at a cost of millions of pounds per year to British businesses. PMS causes symptoms in millions of UK women, affecting their mood and behavior. Such symptoms makes everyday living a difficult task.  Women with PMS find the distressing symptoms affect them both at work and in their personal relationships.

Debilitating Symptoms

NAPS has been hard at work trying to find a way to alleviate the debilitating symptoms of PMS and has at last hit on something that really seems to make a difference: the PMS 7 Day Nutrition Plan. This unique lifestyle and diet program offers meal plans, recipes, and advice on how to cope. The plan was developed based on NAPS' findings which proved that lifestyle and dietary changes can reduce the symptoms of PMS for millions of women, so they can return to the workforce and salvage their personal lives, too. For far too long, even decades, the agonizing symptoms of PMS haven't been addressed in a proactive manner. The PMS 7 Day Nutrition Plan hopes to change all that.

No Proof

Making changes to your diet and lifestyle can help you manage your PMS symptoms, but can also have a significant impact on your health. While there's no proof as yet that diet can rid you of PMS symptoms, most women do find that how they eat has a serious effect on their symptoms and on how they cope with PMS in their everyday lives. NAPS suggests that if making the appropriate diet and lifestyle changes doesn't seem to improve severe and chronic symptoms of PMS, women should consult a health care provider with experience in this area. Here are some key points from the seven day plan:

*Load up on complex carbohydrates and whole grains. Choose those with the lowest glycemic load (GL)

*Limit caffeine, and if possible, eliminate it altogether. Caffeine increases feelings of irritability and tension.

*Cut back or cut out salt and salty food items to prevent bloating.

*Forget three square meals—eat several small meals and snacks every day.

*Opt for low fat foods in order to keep your weight within healthy limits.

*Regular exercise and keeping active can help stave off PMS symptoms.

*Some women find that certain nutritional supplements and herbal preparations make a difference in their PMS symptoms. 

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