Whether you are experiencing severe menstrual cramps or mood swings, PMS (premenstrual syndrome) can get in the way of every woman’s routine life.

Almost 85% of menstruating women has some form of PMS symptoms and about 8% suffer with severe PMS symptoms.

However, you can reduce the severity of the symptoms with simple diet changes. Here are few diet tips that can hopefully help you to manage PMS symptoms.

Limit sodium intake

Bloating naturally happens during PMS and sodium drastically increases the condition during your menstrual periods. So, try to decrease your intake of salty foods that are rich in sodium content, particularly during regular menstrual periods.

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables contain all essential nutrients and vitamins for your body. The soluble fiber present in fruits and vegetables help greatly to alleviate the symptoms of PMS.

Avoid refined sugar

Consumption of refined sugar aggravates bloating and also potentially lowers chromium levels in blood. Excess intake of sugar during PMS can trigger fatigue, mood swings and also depression.

Limit caffeine and alcohol

Caffeine mainly increases the estrogen levels in your body and aggravates PMS symptoms. Even alcohol can cause depression and severe headaches during menstrual periods. So, try to reduce the consumption of caffeine and alcohol as much as possible.