(NC)-Eating foods that are high in sugar and saturated fats, along
with too much caffeine and alcohol can trigger premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
in many women. PMS is controlled by the hormone estrogen - too much or
too little causes moods to fluctuate, depression, anxiety, food cravings
and bloating about a week before a period begins.
To help keep estrogen levels balanced, avoid cravings for sweet and
salty foods since they will magnify PMS symptoms, notes Sam Graci, nutritional
researcher and author of the new book - The Food Connection: The Right
Food at the Right Time. Stay away from dairy products and meats that are
high in saturated fats, as well as caffeinated beverages, which raise the
blood levels of estrogen and cause headaches, irritability and anxiety.
To help reduce symptoms of PMS and balance estrogen levels, eat at least
two to three servings of colourful fruit and a large leafy green salad,
along with whole grains such as oatmeal or seven-grain cereal. These foods
are high in fibre, which helps keep estrogen levels balanced. In addition,
start each day with a nutritional supplement such as greens+™, a balanced
formula of 23 vitamins, minerals, organic and nutrient-rich foods. One
serving of greens+ is the equivalent of six organic salads. The nutritional
supplement also packs plenty of natural soy ingredients, which contain
phytoestrogens to keep estrogen levels balanced.
In addition to fibre and soy, eat plenty of "good" fats - Omega-3 Essential
Fatty Acids (EFA). Fish such as salmon or tuna are the best source of these
EFAs, which are said to help reduce headaches, irritability and anxiety.
For more information about greens+, call 1-877-500-7888, or visit the
web site at www.greenspluscanada.com.
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