We don’t mean to sucker-punch you with facts during your monthly tour of the emotional minefield that is PMS, but the truth remains: Pretty much anything you’re reaching for as comfort cuisine is making matters worse. Foods that include sugar, caffeine, complex carbohydrates, processed ingredients, or anything spicy ramp up inflammation in the body and send hormones flying. The good news is, if you suffer from PMS symptoms (read: bloating, fatigue, cramping, headaches, irritability), aligning with the proper diet one to two weeks before your cycle can have a huge impact. Summon the discipline to sub in these wonder foods for your go-to splurges, and you’ll be ready to take on anything.
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