Many women experience cravings during PMS. The most common PMS cravings are for sugar. Cookies and chocolate are usually the best remedy! There's a very good reason why cravings are a symptom of PMS. They are part of the body's response to the changes in production of hormones and neurochemicals that occur during this phase of the menstrual cycle. For triggering PMS cravings, the most important of these natural chemicals appears to be serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (a chemical produced in the brain which nerve cells use to communicate with other) through which the nerve cells therein communicate with each other. If levels of serotonin production drop, as they are known to do during PMS, then cravings can result.
As a general rule, a craving is only the body's way of telling you it needs something. PMS cravings are no exception. So how best to deal with PMS cravings? This is the good news. Indulge yourself is how! Don't go overboard, but if you desperately feel you need a sugar fix, then go for it. If anyone so much as raises an eyebrow as you reach for the candy, tell them you're acting in response to a decrease in neurotransmitter levels. If that doesn't stop them in their tracks, then nothing will! This treatment method may halt PMS craving symptoms, but isn't exactly the best strategy for your waistline. Steadily maintaining sugar levels before and during PMS with plenty of complex carbohydrates such as fruits and whole grain cereals in the diet has been shown to help minimize PMS cravings and even address the other symptoms of a drop in serotonin levels, depression and anxiety. Don't ignore the chocolate altogether though. It's full of antioxidants and natural feel-good compounds, so be sure to include at least a few cookies and some candy bars in your PMS cravings treatment regime!