Top tips to help cope with PMS, naturally

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) is an unfortunate side-effect of periods that can hamper many women in their day-to-day activities.

More than 90 per-cent of women in the UK suffer from PMS* and 30-40 per-cent say it interferes with their everyday lives. However, there are ways to help stave off symptoms, which can range from mood-swings and headaches to abdominal cramps and cravings for chocolate.

Whilst there is no cure for PMS, organic feminine hygiene brand Organyc has put together some tips to help minimise symptoms, naturally:

Eat Vitamin B rich foods: Nuts, bananas, eggs, beans and whole grains are packed full of vitamin B, which has been found to help prevent mood-swings, bloating and cravings by regulating blood sugar levels. Vitamin B may also help to reduce water retention, which can increase just before and during your period.

Keep moving: Exercise can help to relieve stress through the release of endorphins, otherwise known as the happy hormone, and may therefore help to prevent mood-swings.  Try a brisk walk around the block for some gentle exercise.

Make yourself feel sexy: Wearing nice clothes and fabulous shoes can help to make you feel more confident and sexy at the time of the month when it seems easier just to throw on some old, comfortable clothes.

Increase calcium levels: Calcium helps the body to release and regulate hormones, but levels tend to decrease around the time of your period, so it’s advisable to increase your intake. The most effective sources are found in green leafy vegetables, low fat cheese, milk and almonds.

Be smart in your choice of feminine hygiene: Organic cotton is a good choice for many women when it comes to choosing feminine hygiene products. It is free from pesticide residue and chlorine bleaching agents, which can cause skin irritation and allergies. Organyc’s range of sanitary towels, liners and tampons are made from 100% organic cotton and naturally shaped for ultimate comfort.

Certified by The Soil Association, Organyc’s range of feminine hygiene products include:

Organic Cotton Sanitary Pads Moderate Flow                               £3.49/pack of 10

Organic Cotton Sanitary Pads Heavy Flow                                     £3.69/pack of 10

Organic Cotton Sanitary Pads Super Flow                                      £3.30/pack of 10

Organic Cotton Panty liners Light Flow                                          £3.10/pack of 24

Organic Cotton Panty liners Light Flow (individually wrapped)        £3.49/pack of 24

Organic Cotton Tampons with Applicator – Regular                     £3.09/pack of 16

Organic Cotton Tampons with Applicator – Super                        £3.29/pack of 14

Organic Cotton Tampons with Applicator – Super Plus                £3.59/pack of 14

Organic Cotton Tampons – Regular                                               £2.59/pack of 16

Organic Cotton Tampons – Super                                                  £2.79/pack of 16

Organic Cotton Tampons – Super Plus                                          £3.19/pack of 16

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Stockists and prices

Available from www.organyc.co.uk and at all good independent health stores and pharmacies nationwide.

*http://www.healingwithnutrition.com/pdisease/pms/pms.html