Alcohol Makes PMS Worse. Drink this Mocktail Instead!

You won’t be surprised to learn that alcohol makes PMS symptoms worse, but you don’t need alcohol to have a special drink. Packed with powerful and tasty ingredients, you won’t miss the alcohol in this anti-PMS mocktail recipe.

Alcohol and PMS

A recent analysis of 19 studies and 47,000 women concluded that alcohol probably worsens PMS symptoms. “That’s shocking,” said no one.

According to their data, women who indulge in more than one alcoholic drink a day have a 79 percent risk of experiencing PMS. Women who stick with one drink a day or less have only a 45 percent risk.

This should come as no surprise. Alcohol is inflammatory. Even if it doesn’t do any damage, it is not going to make menstruation any easier. Alcohol spikes blood sugar levels, causing hormone levels to swing, and taxes the liver, which prevents it from processing the excess hormones and toxins that encourage PMS.

According to Dr. Mark Hyman, “The real cause for PMS is simply this: Your hormones become unbalanced, your estrogen levels increase and progesterone levels decrease, either relatively or absolutely.” So, in order to get relief from PMS, you need to work to balance your hormones. Alcohol will not balance your hormones.

So what should you do next time your period is en route and you want to de-stress with something refreshing? Nope, not a cocktail. Try a PMS-Busting Mocktail instead!

You won't be surprised to learn that alcohol makes PMS symptoms worse, but you don't need alcohol to have a special drink. Packed with powerful and tasty ingredients, you won’t miss the alcohol in this anti-PMS mocktail recipe.

Anti-PMS Mocktail

Here’s a brief breakdown of all the good stuff inside this mocktail recipe…

Raspberries

Sweet and fruity, but low in sugar, which supports hormonal balance in a way a margarita never could. Raspberries are also rich in manganese, a deficiency of which can lead to increased pain and moodiness before menstruating.

Spearmint Leaves

Hormone-balancing, specifically anti-androgen. Studies have shown that spearmint, specifically taken as a tea, can be a powerful hormone-balancer, especially in women with PCOS.

Fennel

Reduces cramps. According to research, fennel is as effective at reducing cramps as ibuprofen, but without side effects.

Kombucha

Rich in gut-balancing probiotics, (hopefully) low in sugar, and loaded with bubbles! High levels of B vitamins in the tea may also work to improve hormonal balance.

Ginger

Relieves moodiness, nausea, headaches, backache, cramps, and general discomfort due to PMS. It actually comes highly recommended by researchers as a scientifically-backed natural PMS treatment.

Lime

For that refreshing taste. Lime juice also has a history of being used as a home remedy against nausea.

With all these powerful and tasty ingredients combined, you won’t miss the alcohol at all. Tonight is mocktail night!

Serves 8-10 ounces

PMS-Busting Mocktail

Alcohol-free mocktail that soothes PMS symtpoms!

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup frozen organic raspberries
  • 10 organic spearmint leaves
  • 1 small knob of ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 thin slices of organic fennel
  • 1 organic lime
  • 16 ounces unsweetened kombucha

Instructions

  1. Pour 8 ounces of the kombucha into a large cup.
  2. Add raspberries, 6 spearmint leaves, ginger, fennel, and juice of 1/2 the lime.
  3. Muddle until thoroughly combined, about 2-3 minutes (you can use a potato masher if you're in a pinch).
  4. Strain out kombucha (optional).
  5. Pour muddled kombucha between 2 serving glasses. Top each with remaining 8 ounces of kombucha.
  6. Decorate with lime wedges and remaining mint leaves.
  7. Enjoy!
Recipe Type: drink
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