6 foods to help ease PMS
Irritable? Miserable? Or just plain cranky? PMS can wreak havoc with your mood but adding these foods into your diet should help take you from hormonal to happy in no time.
Whether it’s good ole beans on toast or kidney beans in a chilli, beans are packed full of magnesium, which helps regulate serotonin – the neurotransmitter that has a huge impact on your mood. Women who suffer from bad PMS have been found to have low levels of magnesium so upping it in your diet could well make you feel less irritable.
Foods full of good fats such as salmon and mackerel help to boost hormones in your brain and lift your mood. Add a handful of beans and you’ve got happiness on a plate!
We’ve already waxed lyrical about the dark stuff before, but it’s definitely worth stocking up on chocolate when PMS hits. Dark chocolate in particular not only contains mood softening magnesium, but also tryptophan, which helps reduce symptoms of depression.
If you find yourself overloading the carbs just before your period, it’s probably just because you need cheering up! Eating pasta creates tryptophan, which tells your brain to create serotonin, that happy neurotransmitter again. In fact, without carbohydrates, your brain can’t produce serotonin. Choose whole-wheat pasta for the healthiest fix – white pasta can cause quite a swift drop in mood.
Pineapple is a great option for when you’re craving something sweet. Not only is full of vitamin C, but it’s one of those fab foods that helps boost the production of serotonin. It’s also great for your skin – the enzymes within it can improve hydration and remove dead cells giving you a glowing complexion.
While this leafy green might not be top of your choice for comfort food, it is packed with folic acid, a vitamin that has been found to boost mood. Add it to salads or stir into pasta dishes for a boost to your mood and also to your energy – it’s packed with antioxidants, which can improve your immune system and energy levels.