The same hormones that cause the uterus to contract to get rid of the endometrial lining during premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can also cause the muscles in your gut to contract, resulting in abdominal cramping and diarrhea.
Attack Plan: Get 30 grams of fiber a day.
- Add fiber-rich fruits and vegetables to your diet. An apple will provide you with 4 grams of fiber. A cup of peas will provide you with 8 grams.
- If taken regularly, fiber supplements work as well.
- Don’t increase your fiber intake suddenly or in one sitting; doing so may worsen the problem. Gradually add it to your diet to help your digestive system do its job properly.