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Check out our diet and fitness tips to help keep you feeling your best and limit any discomfort experienced as a result of PMS or menopause.

Supporting your teenage daughter through PMS
Suffering from PMS can be difficult for a teenage girl and talking to their parents about their problems is hard enough but talking about periods is even tougher. However, if you understand what she is experiencing and implement the following tips, you could help support your daughter through her symptoms:

Snack attack
Don’t keep any snacks, such as crisps, chocolate, and fizzy drinks, in the house so you daughter can refrain from binge eating which may exacerbate your daughter’s symptoms

Carb overload
Instead, try to buy complex carbohydrate foods, which are basically those in wholegrain form such as wholegrain breads, oats, muesli and brown rice. Complex carbohydrates are broken down into glucose more slowly than simple carbohydrates and so provide a gradual steady stream of energy throughout the day. This may also help steady her mood swings

Patience is a virtue
Be extra sensitive and patient with your daughter and make sure you take their anger or stress seriously and do not dismiss it as ‘that time of the month’. Don’t push her to tell you how she is feeling as she may be alarmed if her feelings seem beyond her control, just listen and acknowledge what she tells you

Stress reliever
Help with any underlying causes of stress she may be facing, including school work and relationships

Spotty dilemma
Your daughter’s skin may flare up with spots so you could treat her to an organic or natural skin care range, such as moisturiser, face wash and cleanser