PMS Relief Supplements
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If there was a vote to eliminate PMS coming from both genders, there would be a storming majority vote! After a wonderful summer, many of us are getting back into the routine – school, work, kids and with that comes more stress. Increased stress has been know to exasperate PMS symptoms.
There is so much evidence that hormones do indeed affect our moods, including a recent study from UCL which states that women will experience even greater mood swings if there is added stress during certain days of her cycle.
PMS affects women in different ways. And we now know that factors such as stress, nutrition, and phase of the cycle all play a role – so it is not just in a girl’s head!
Premenstrual Syndrome Is NOT Normal
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the brunt of many terrible jokes, yet this syndrome can be devastating to the sufferer and her family. The symptoms of PMS affect between 50 percent and 70 percent of women, leading to the mistaken belief that it is normal. Symptoms can occur at different times and at different intensities throughout the cycle, but typically appear between seven and fourteen days before menstruation.
Nutritional Medicine Expert Lorna Vanderhaeghe says,
’I am continually amazed at how many women think that PMS and terrible periods are an inevitable part of being female, even though common PMS is not normal.’’
Symptoms of PMS
The symptoms of PMS have a huge range from skin problems to altered sex drive and weight gain and cravings. At one time or another any women could relate to a symptom of PMS.
For example, PMS could be divided into 5 main groups of symptoms - and what effects one, will not necessarily affect the other. PMS symptoms tend to worsen during times of stress, peri-menopause and menopause. It flares up usually the 1-2 weeks before menstruation but can come at any time for others.
- Anxiety, irritability and mood swings
- Water retention and bloating
- Drama and depression
- Pain and cramping
What PMS Type Are You?
- Anxiety – do you suffer from that familiar anxiety pang in your gut, which feels awful and makes you question your self esteem and worth? Or do you feel irritated at the tiniest things such as your partner chewing his food or someone getting in your way? Do you feel like you cannot control your angry outbursts? But then a week later it is gone like it was never there? Do you suffer from insomnia?
- Cravings – do you crave carbohydrates and fats beyond your hunger? Do you lose all self control and give into high calorie cravings around your period, then feel guilty afterwards?
- Bloating – do you experience water retention, swollen calves, swollen belly and get that heavy feeling? Do you look at the scale and see an increase of 3-5 lbs before the onset of your period?
- Depression – Do you feel down, extra tired, and tend towards negative thoughts during the 2 weeks before the onset of menstruation? Do you feel like you are living in a fog the 1-2 weeks prior to menstruation? Is any issue in your life made into a drama and then the next week it seems tiny?
- Pain and Cramps – Does everything hurt? Do you have major cramping in the abdominal region? Are you afraid to exercise due to pain? Do you suffer from altering constipation and diarrhea? Do your joints hurt a little more before your cycle? Does your back hurt and you can’t quite place the cause? Do your breasts hurt and feel extra tender?
6 Causes of PMS
The causes of PMS tend to overlap each other without there being one exact path for the symptom. Rather, it is a multi-faceted number of causes.
- Liver and bowel congestion
- Poor diet and lack of exercise. (Eg. Too much salt, alcohol, caffeine and sugar)
- Hormonal imbalances. This may involve estrogen excess; an excess or deficiency in progesterone. This can lead to cortisol increase and/or serotonin decrease.
- Thyroid imbalances. Having low thyroid can worsen PMS symptoms or even mimic PMS.
- Deficiencies or excess prostaglandins can also lead to PMS symptoms. Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that regulate a range of physiological responses, including inflammation and muscle contraction, along with some reproductive functions.
- Deficiencies in nutrients such as magnesium, vitamins A and E and B-complex, particularly B6, can also be a factor in PMS. Vitamin B6 is needed for the production of serotonin and dopamine, the brain chemicals which lift mood and prevent anxiety. Research indicates women can experience low levels of magnesium during PMS.
Food and Lifestyle Tips for PMS Relief
- Have your thyroid checked. Low thyroid hormone levels create severe PMS symptoms.
- Eliminate all xenoestrogens from the diet and home. (commercial cleaning products, cosmetics and dryer sheets etc)
- Cut back on caffeine from all sources (chocolate, soda pop, coffee and black tea). Drink herbal tea.
- Those with PMS often eat more refined sugars, carbohydrates, salt and dairy. Avoid these foods during the 2 weeks leading up to your cycle.
- A high-fiber diet with plenty of organic fruits and vegetables (including broccoli, cauliflower and leafy greens) helps to eliminate excess estrogen and keep your bowels moving.
- Eat only organic meats, and eliminate dairy from the diet. Both contain high amounts of xenoestrogens. (Vegetarian women tend to experience less PMS, suggesting a link with meat and dairy consumption (they contain high levels of xenoestrogens).
- Meditation, exercise and acupuncture are techniques help reduce the symptoms of PMS. Love yourself. Get plenty of rest. You do not have to be the "super" mom, wife and employee.
Key PMS Relief Supplements
5 HTP and Adaptogenic herbs:
- If you suffer from cravings and mood swings consider taking 5HTP. 5HTP enhances serotonin ("the feel good" hormone), improves mood, calms anxiety and nervousness, helps mild depression; improves sleep. Also consider adaptogenic herbs such as ashwhaghanda and Rhodiola to nourish the adrenal glands.
Vitamin B6 and Magnesium:
- If you suffer from pain and cravings consider taking a multi- vitamin with B6 and extra magnesium. Look for magnesium bisglycinate. I recommend MultiSmart by Lorna Vanderhaeghe.
- If you suffer from cramps and swollen breasts take GLA from Borage Oil. Women who suffer from PMS also tend to have low levels of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and other essential fats. GLA helps control inflammatory prostaglandins and reduces breast tenderness.
Indole 3 Carbinol, Vitex and Zinc:
- For all types of PMS take nutrients such as Indole 3 Carbinol (I3C), D-Glucarate, Vitex and Zinc. These and a few others are the key nutrients for eliminating PMS. The only product I recommend with each of these specific ingredients in it is called EstroSmart.
- Vitex: Normalizes menstrual cycle and stops PMS.
- Indole 3 Carbinol: Normalizes the estrogen-to-progesterone ratio, helping to reduce PMS symptoms. Keeps healthy estrogen from converting into the cancer-causing form and has been shown to reverse normal PAP tests within 3 menstrual cycles.
PMS Relief Protocol
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My PMS Relief Protocol includes:
- One bottle of EstroSmart 120 caps
- One bottle of GLA Oil 237 ml
- One bottle of SMILE 5-HTP 120 tab. This is a 40 day supply.
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