PMS can be a difficult monthly battle for many of us. Whether it be mood-swings, acne, bloating or irritability (to a name a few of the joys us ladies experience in one way or another).
There is good news... there are some foods that can help relieve these symptoms. Starting with balancing hormone levels and optimise liver function for proper detoxification.
Why? So... for example, if you suffer from acne as a result of PMS, one reason could be because you’re not excreting toxins from the liver properly - causing oestrogen to be reabsorbed into the skin… welcome pesky spots!
A good place to start...
Increase your Fibre intake
Insoluble fibre helps make stools soft to speed food to intestines. It cleans out our system to normalise liver function - regulating bowel movements.
Cruciferous Vegetables contain an enzyme called Glucosinolates which helps balance hormones and also contains high fibre which helps sugar cravings (double bonus!)
High insouble fibre Foods:
Arugula, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collard Greens
Reduce (ideally eliminate) Dairy
Dairy products can cause inflammation that can play havoc with your hormones.
Balance blood sugar levels
Increase protein with each meal reduce cravings and reaching for comfort foods!
Magnesium and Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 plays a vital part in synthesising certain brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that control your mood and behaviour. In order for your body to convert B6 into its active form it needs other nutrients such as magnesium.
Vitamin B6 Foods:
Turkey, Tuna, Grass-fed Beef, Chicken
Pistachios, Avocado, Sesame and Sunflower seeds
Spinach, Chard, Avocado, Pumpkin Seeds, Almonds, Banana and Dark Chocolate
Promotes healthy gut bacteria to help normalise oestrogen and hormone metabolism
Or use a supplement
Nettle Tea is a great hormone cleanser
Caster oil packs
Helps draw out toxins - never use whilst on your period!