If you're irritable, tired and doubled over with cramps, it's easy to reach for the comfort food. Trust us, we know. Sometimes there's no substitute for an entire tub of salted caramel ice cream. But now summer is in full swing, it's time to put down the large desert spoon and reach for the fruit bowl.
Not only is healthy eating amazing for your body, replenishing it with nutrients once again, but a better diet can actually help reduce PMS! Our resident Pink Parcel dietitian Dr. Linda Booth explains how – and sorry girls, cherry-chocolate cheesecake doesn't count no matter how many cherries you put in it...
It's All About The Nutrients
"Fruit and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, good quality protein, essential fats, nuts and seeds will all help rebalance and maintain your hormones."
Give Your Liver Some Love
"The liver is responsible for detoxing your body and eliminating toxins alongside the processing of all body hormones. If you consume caffeine, alcohol and food additives then your liver is put under added pressure and can often fall behind. By cleaning up your diet and lifestyle habits you give your liver a chance to catch up with itself and become more efficient at detoxifying toxins and processing hormones like oestrogen and progesterone. Drinking lemon water and taking milk thistle are good ways to support your liver. Eating plenty of cruciferous vegetables helps to eliminate excess oestrogen in the body."
Get Moving (And Happy Baby-ing!)
"Make time for relaxation and exercise in your weekly routine. Three sessions of aerobic exercise, plus a yoga class is ideal. Although exercise can feel like the last thing you want to do when you've got period pains, it really will help you to feel better. The important thing is setting time aside for you to reduce stress on the adrenal glands, which are responsible for manufacturing hormones."
Remember, Fibre Is Key
"Include soluble fibre such as oats, pulses, lentils, brown rice, fruit and vegetables. This will help to keep your bowels regular and remove any excess toxins and hormones from building up and recirculating around the body. Constipation can cause endotoxins to penetrate the bowel, over-burdening the liver and spilling into systemic circulation affecting other body symptoms and organs, including your hormone balance. You should be aiming for a large, soft bowel movement every day!"
It's time to unleash your inner Gillian Mckeith...
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