Treating PMS Symptoms

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There was a time when many health professionals did not take premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, seriously. Fortunately, those days are gone and there is medical agreement that PMS affects many women just before their menstrual cycles. Common symptoms include cramps, bloating, fatigue, and moodiness. For some women, the symptoms can be severe and medication is necessary, but for others, certain lifestyle measures can make a big difference. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services actually has reviewed studies and came up with the following suggestions including getting regular exercise, eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and avoiding foods high in salt, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. Another big step is to get plenty of sleep. That can make a major difference. The key, of course, is to figure out what you’re doing and to try to make sure you get the attention.

 

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Allergies May Be Linked to Depression

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There is disturbing news from the University of Maryland.  Researchers have found that seasonal allergies might be associated with mood disorders, including depression.  We’ve long recognized the association between seasonal allergies and fatigue.  The latest report echoes what scientists found in 1999.  Back then, a study of 7,000 patients found people with hay fever were twice as likely to be diagnosed with major depression.  Why’s this the case?  Well, the latest theory is very technical.  According to researchers at the Association of Allergies and Scientific Analysis of Allergies, chemicals called cytokines are released in the nose during an allergic reaction.  This activates a chemical called indolamine 2, 3-dioxygenase that slows down serotonin production.  It’s a chemical in the brain that is linked to depression. 

 

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Caffeine In Moderation Is Okay

Caffeine In Moderation Is Okay

Is caffeine good for you? The answer is quite simple. In moderation, there doesn’t appear to be any problems with caffeine. It’s like anything else. When you overdo it, when you have too much caffeine or too much of a stimulant, it can affect your mood, it can cause headaches as a result of rebound, and it can also cause some systemic problems that researchers are looking at more and more. But, again, in moderation, coffee is fine, tea is fine, sodas are fine. You just have to be careful. Physicians do worry about a lot of these stimulant products such as 5-Hour Energy drinks and other ones because you have to very careful about those sudden boosts.

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Eating More Chocolate Is Associated with Higher Depression Scores

Eating More Chocolate Is Associated with Higher Depression Scores

Chocolate and Depression Eating more chocolate is associated with higher depression scores. Researchers assessed the mood of 931 participants who were not taking antidepressants using a standard depression scale. They then correlated the results from those with a food survey. Those who scored very highly, reflecting probable major depression, reported consuming more than twice as much chocolate as those who were negative for depression. The findings were similar between women and men. The researchers speculate that depression may stimulate cravings for chocolate as a form of self-medication. Animal studies suggest that chocolate may have positive mood benefits, however, they cannot rule out the possibility that chocolate actually contributes to the depressed mood, or that both cravings and depressed mood are caused by a third, underlying factor. The report is in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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