Recently I came across an article suggesting that Prozac could benefit really bad PMT (pre-menstrual tension) sufferers. Similar article to the one I read can be found on BBC News website as well. I wonder if Prozac should really be used in the future to treat PMT, as I believe that there are other, more natural ways to ease PMT symptoms. What is more, Prozac which is an anti-depressant has many side effects. I would personally not take it myself although I do suffer from mild symptoms of PMT.
Importance of your diet
What you eat one week before your period is due has a big effect on your mood and behaviour in this week. I would recommend taking some supplements during this week, as you cannot always get all the vitamins you need from the food you eat. Vitamins B are especially important as they are responsible for healthy skin and healthy functioning of nervous system. In order to get more B vitamins into your body, you should consume more whole-grain rice, whole-wheat pasta and whole-grain bread, but also wheat germ, eggs, white meat, fish, etc. Taking B-complex pill every day with other healthy food will be even of greater benefit to you.
Fish is also good for you, especially the one which contains a lot of omega-3 essential fats, such as salmon, mackerel and herring. Try to eat more fish starting a week before your period.
These are just some of the food which may ease some of the PMT symptoms such as skin problems, mood swings and lethargy. I find fish (salmon) very helpful.
Importance of exercise
What may also help during PMT period is exercise. Some studies showed that exercising can be as effective as taking antidepressants, so come on, stop feeling sorry for yourself with all those PMT symptoms. Instead, go for a walk, jog or follow a workout DVD. You will feel better soon!
I try my best to exercise during this time, but sometimes can be quite hard, when you have terrible mood swings, cannot stop eating and feel lethargic.. That is only because I forget to take my supplements. Some months are great and I don’t have many symptoms apart from eating like a starved child who just came from a forest spending there a week… 🙂
I am not sure why women tend to eat more during this week, but I assume our bodies need it and then everything gets balanced once the period is finished. I wonder if Prozac would help with this. Oh well, if it did help I wouldn’t try it anyway. I believe food is a great medicine in this case.