PMS Diet Dos & Don’ts

woman deciding between chocolate and saladIt’s that time of the month again. The fatigue, bloating, mood swings, cramps and cravings – are real y’all! And you are not alone. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 85 percent of women experience at least one of these symptoms each month!

So what’s one major way you can ease your pesky, persistent PMS symptoms? Food! In fact, the following foods may alleviate your symptoms altogether:

Avocado: This healthy-fat contains potassium, a mineral that acts as a natural diuretic, sweeping excess sodium and fluid out of your body. Potassium also helps protect against muscle cramps, and it boosts feelings of feeling full. Considering most women take in 200 to 500 more calories a day (while PMS’n), a little satiety could do us some good!

Dark Chocolate: It’s true! Dark chocolate is your best friend when it comes to easing PMS symptoms. Containing antioxidants, magnesium and unique natural substances that may enhance mood, this sweet treat does everything from lower blood pressure, improve circulation and reduce stress hormone levels to alleviate bloating, irritability, fatigue and depression.

Lean meats: Lean cuts of meat like turkey and chicken (even some cuts of beef) are rich in B12 – a natural energy booster. Plus, the protein will help you stay alert.