Lucknow : When talking about PMS and period symptoms,
During menstruation and pre-menstruation, our hormones are all over the place and our bodies already feel like they’re falling apart, so it’s really important to make sure that what you eat isn’t making things worse.
Caffeine – with your fluctuating hormones leaving your mental state a little out of sorts, the last thing you want to do is introduce a stimulant like caffeine to throw your body into overdrive and cause more erratic mood swings. Coffee is the obvious one, but many fizzy drinks also contain caffeine.
Sugary foods – these will cause a sudden spike in energy levels, which will feel good at first, but your energy levels will crash just as suddenly, leaving you even more grumpy and lethargic than you started.
Dairy products Everyone likes a cup of warm milk during those painful cramps. However, dairy products are known to contain an acid (arachidonic acid, to be precise) which in turn can cause and aggravate cramps.
Alcohol –Who doesn’t like having a shot or two of alcohol, if it helps you forget your cramp pain? However, having too much alcohol can cause your period symptoms to worsen. Better stay away.
Red meat – Foods high in saturated fats, like red meat should be avoided as they can worsen your cramps, bloating and acne. Instead, consuming leaner meats like skinless chicken or fish and other proteins is a better idea.
How to Remember Dreams with These Tips
If you want to remember your dreams, taking vitamin B6 supplements before going to bed may help, suggests new research from University of Adelaide in Australia.
“Our results show that taking vitamin B6 improved people’s ability to recall dreams compared to a placebo,” said study co-author Denholm Aspy from the University’s School of Psychology.
The study, published online in the journal Perceptual and Motor Skills, included 100 participants from around Australia taking high-dose vitamin B6 supplements before going to bed for five consecutive days.
“Vitamin B6 did not affect the vividness, bizarreness or colour of their dreams, and did not affect other aspects of their sleep patterns,” Aspy said.“This is the first time that such a study into the effects of vitamin B6 and other B vitamins on dreams has been carried out on a large and diverse group of people,” Aspy added.
The participants in the study took 240mg of vitamin B6 immediately before bed.
Prior to taking the supplements, many of the participants rarely remembered their dreams, but they reported improvements by the end of the study.
“It seems as time went on my dreams were clearer and clearer and easier to remember. I also did not lose fragments as the day went on,” said one of the participants after completing the study.Vitamin B6 occurs naturally in various foods, including whole grain cereals, legumes, fruits (such as banana and avocado), vegetables (such as spinach and potato), milk, cheese, eggs, red meat, liver, and fish.
Emphasising the importance of using dreaming time more productively, the researchers said that the average person spends around six years of their lives dreaming.
“If we are able to become lucid and control our dreams, we can then use our dreaming time more productively,” Aspy said.
Lucid dreaming, where you know that you are dreaming while the dream is still happening, has many potential benefits.“For example, it may be possible to use lucid dreaming for overcoming nightmares, treating phobias, creative problem solving, refining motor skills and even helping with rehabilitation from physical trauma,” Aspy added.
“In order to have lucid dreams it is very important to first be able to recall dreams on a regular basis. This study suggests that vitamin B6 may be one way to help people have lucid dreams,” Aspy added.