Can diets help minimize the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome?
A22] The diet that is recommended for women who suffer excessive pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) is similar to that for good health generally: low salt, plenty of fruits, vegetables and cereal foods (breakfast cereals, bread, rice, pasta – preferably whole grain) and low fat. Retention of fluid and constipation are both problems with PMS. Exercise is often helpful. Many people respond to light to moderate exercise, such as 30 minutes brisk walking each day, with a noticeable reduction in symptoms. There is some evidence that suggests that a high intake of calcium-rich foods may also help (low- or reduced-fat dairy products, legumes, tofu, broccoli, green leafy vegetables and calcium-fortified soy beverages).