Posted by: Jade | 2006/10/26

Monthlies -hunger

the week before i have my period i have this terrible problem of wanting to just eat, especially carbs, nuts and chocoaltes. some months it isn't as bad as others. is there something that one can take to help curb these cravings? why does this happen?

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Dear Jade
The increase in hunger and cravings for carbohydrates associated with the menstrual cycle are usually due to hormone imbalances and/or serotonin imbalances in the brain. Make sure that you have an adequate carbohydrate intake (use unsifted grains, high-bran cereals, wholewheat products, oats, brown rice, pasta, fruit and vegetables) and some protein (lean meat, fish, eggs and fat-free milk and dairy products) to provide your brain with more serotonin to prevent the cravings. Some women also benefit from taking a complete vitamin and mineral supplement, so try taking Centrum or Supradyn Forte for 2-3 months to see if this will assist with the problem. Doing regular exercise also alleviates PMS.
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