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Premenstrual Syndrome

Also indexed as:PMS, PMT, Premenstrual Tension
Know your body and find your balance despite PMS. Because every woman is different, no single treatment effectively relieves all symptoms in all women. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.

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Eat rightEat more low-fat, high-fiber foods and plenty of fruits and vegetables to improve hormone metabolism.
Limit sugar Some doctors recommend that women with PMS cut back on sugar for several months to see if it reduces their symptoms.
Avoid alcoholAlcohol can affect hormone metabolism, so drinking less alcohol may reduce PMS symptoms.
Cut the caffeineCaffeine consumption has been associated with increased prevalence and severity of PMS.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.