Bloating. Headaches. Cramps. Every month, over 90% of women say they get one or more symptoms of PMS.* While 10% of you lucky ladies may be unphased by this monthly occurrence, there are ways the rest of us can help alleviate its symptoms.
What is PMS
PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, is a combination of physical and emotional symptoms that happen after ovulation but before the start of your period. As estrogen and progesterone levels decline during this time, PMS symptoms begin. The good news is, symptoms go away within a few days after your period starts. The bad news is, you have to endure the symptoms first.
So what can you do to help combat the inconvenient, and sometimes incapacitating, symptoms of PMS? Enter hummingbars®.
Why Omegas matter
We spoke with naturopathic doctor, Dr. La Tina Epps Thomas, ND, EYT, to learn why hummingbars are the perfect treat during that time of the month. “hummingbars are an Omega superfood,” Dr. La Tina tells us. “hummingbars are packed with GLA and other Omega 3 fatty acids which are proven to reduce symptoms of PMS.”
In fact, according to a research study done by ScienceDirect, Omegas can help reduce depression, nervousness, anxiety, lack of concentration, bloating, headache and breast tenderness during PMS. Say what? Sign us up!
In addition to a snack that satisfies your PMS cravings, while giving you the nutritional support your body needs, things like exercise, meditation and getting plenty of rest can also help your body keep humming all month long. So the next time you start feeling the symptoms of PMS creep up, head to the pantry for some tasty relief.
Watch Dr. La Tina Epps Thomas, ND, EYT, talk about hummingbars below!
*Winer, S. A., Rapkin, A. J. (2006). Premenstrual disorders: prevalence, etiology and impact. Journal of Reproductive Medicine; 51(4 Suppl):339-347.