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March 9, 2018

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) refers to physical and emotional symptoms that occur in the one to two weeks before a woman's period. Symptoms often vary between women and resolve around the start of bleeding. Common symptoms include acne, tender breasts, bloating, feeling tired, irritability, and mood changes. PMS affects up to 50% of menstruating women and peaks among women in their 30’s and 40’s.

How to manage PMS

Lifestyle can have a significant bearing on the severity of symptoms. Regular exercise and relaxation techniques like meditation can relieve nervousness and agitation. Diet is equally as important. Limiting consumption of saturated and polyunsaturated fats and sugar, caffeine, chocolate and alcohol can all help reduce symptoms. Increasing consumption of fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds, soy foods and essential fatty acids can also minimise the symptoms of PMS.

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March 9, 2018

Menstrual pain, also known as menstrual cramps, is estimated to occur in 20% to 90% of women of reproductive age and it is the most common menstrual disorder. Menstrual pain can be classified as either primary or secondary based on the absence or presence of an underlying cause. Secondary is associated with an existing condition where primary is not.

The main symptom is pain concentrated in the lower abdomen or pelvis. It is also commonly felt in the right or left side of the abdomen and may radiate to the thighs and lower back. Symptoms often co-occurring with menstrual pain include nausea and vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, headache, dizziness, disorientation, hypersensitivity to sound, light, smell and touch, fainting, and fatigue. Symptoms of menstrual pain often begin immediately after ovulation and can last until the end of menstruation, because it is often associated with changes in hormonal levels in the body that occur with ovulation....

March 9, 2018

When it comes to overall wellness, maintaining digestive health is vital. By paying attention to what and how you eat and by following some good diet and lifestyle principles, you can help your digestive system do the job. Your digestive health is often a reflection of what you put into your body. If you place emphasis on a diet rich in fiber and essential nutrients, coupled with good eating habits, it’ll help the digestive process to work well. On the other hand, eating poorly can increase the risk of digestive problems.

The digestive system relies on certain nutrients and substances to function properly. It is suggested to try to focus on wholefood, which means focus on foods that are as close to their natural state as possible such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, poultry and fish, legumes, and raw nuts and seeds. These foods usually always contain higher levels of nutrients than packaged and processed foods, helping to ensure your body, including the digesti...

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