Healthier ways to ease PMS symptoms

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A lot of women react to PMS by overeating and becoming cranky, but there are other ways to manage it for a more peaceful cycle.

It is not an easy topic for women to talk about, much less on camera.

“I would need two wardrobes basically, because I was retaining so much water. I went up a cup size, it was so uncomfortable,” said Kate Hanley.

The 28 Days Lighter Diet is co-written by Wellness Expert Ellen Barrett and Health Journalist Kate Hanley and focuses on easing symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome.

28 Days Lighter Diet

“You have your period for 40 years but there’s not a lot of information about how to work with it,” said Hanley.

Based on extensive research, resting as much as possible on Day 21 and finding solitude can ease hormonal changes that lead to crankiness.

“Because your energy levels are at your lowest, you really are just- your body is completely focused on shedding that lining. It takes a lot of work. The universe is going to the gym for you that day. You just want to support it,” said Kate.

Choosing to work with your cycle instead of fighting it, also means prioritizing hydration one week before it starts.

“The higher levels of magnesium, calcium, vitamin D in your body, the less likely you will suffer from PMS,” said Barrett.

Simple changes, like eating a green leafy salad or a handful of almonds, can minimize bloating.

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“When you have a balance level of electrolytes in your body, you actually don’t have a water retention issue or a dehydration issue. Your body regulates water really well,” said Barrett.

Moderate exercise and stretching on the first day of PMS can boost low energy levels.

They say that it really just comes down to managing your cycle.

“It’s recognizing what you need and then giving it to yourself,” said Barrett.

Studies also show that moderate exercise, like walking and yoga can also help ease those monthly cramps.

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