Our expert says:
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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