Treating PMS and PMDD
To help manage PMS or PMDD symptoms, try exercise and dietary changes suggested here and ask your health care professional for other options.
- cut back on alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, salt and refined sugar, which can make PMS and PMDD symptoms worse
- increase the amount of calcium in your diet from sources such as low-fat diary products, soy products, dark greens like turnip greens, and calcium fortified orange juice. Increased calcium may help relieve some menstrual cycle symptoms.
- increase the amount of complex carbohydrates in your diet; these include fruits, vegetables, grains and beans
- increase the amount of water you drink to help flush out fluids from your body and make you feel more comfortable