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You Want to Prevent PMS: Eat A Bowl of Bean Chili, a Whole Wheat Roll, and a Glass of Low-fat Milk

Eating high-fiber, protein-rich meals all month -- especially the week before your period -- will help stabilize your blood sugar. That’s crucial because blood sugar can have crazier swings around your period (spikes and dips can lead to fatigue and food cravings), explains Diana Taylor, RN, Ph.D., and author of the book, Taking Back the Month. Research has also found that women with a history of PMS who eat a meal rich in high-fiber complex carbohydrates (like beans and whole grains) have fewer symptoms such as anger, tension, and sadness. “Carbs cause a cascade of events in the brain that increases serotonin, a chemical that produces feelings of stability and tranquility,” says Taylor. And in a recent study, women who drank more skim or low-fat milk had a lower risk of suffering from PMS too, possibly because PMS may be triggered by low blood levels of calcium and vitamin D. Women who had four servings a day of calcium-fortified foods and beverages a day saw the biggest benefit.

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