Did you know that in the 1980’s doctors claimed that PMS did not exist? Today, it is something you hear and talk about daily with friends and family and symptoms can vary from being mildly inconvenient to being completely debilitating.
PMS is thought to affect 70-90% of all women through their childbearing years and 30-40% are thought to have symptoms so bad it completely interrupts their daily lives.
Girls start ovulating from around the age of 12 and will only stop post menopausal when women are no longer fertile. A number of things can go wrong in these years, most of them hormonal, but can be addressed naturally rather than using drugs.
So, what are some of the symptoms?
– Mood swings
– Anxiety and Tension
– Breast Tenderness
– Water Retention
– Sugar and Food Cravings…
to name but just a few. Most women know that they are having this ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ moment of madness but can do absolutely nothing about stopping it!
All PMS type symptoms are thought to have their own ‘hormonal imbalance’ which causes this. Anxiety is thought to be an imbalance between oestrogen and progesterone with oestrogen being too high. Depressive PMS is linked to too little oestrogen and too high progesterone. However, there are women who suffer with both of these symptoms, so hormonally it is quite difficult to fit the picture.
For most, if you go to your doctor you’ll be prescribed the oral contraceptive pill, to try and mask up the symptoms you’re dealing with – however this does not directly treat the cause – so when you come off of the pill, or any hormonal contraceptive, potentially to have children, you’ll have these hormonal imbalances you’ll need to deal with first.
Naturally, there are things we can do! (Thank God!)
Firstly, we need to balance out blood sugar levels. Having 3-4 good meals per day, plus 1-2 snacks will help to balance this out. A mixture of cinnamon and chromium, which can be bought as a supplement, is excellent to help balance out blood sugars by reducing your cravings for sugar alongside having a whole foods and nutritious diet.
If you suffer specifically with breast tenderness then reduce your intake of caffeine! Caffeine has whats called ‘Methylxanthines’ in them which have been proved to increase problems with painful and lumpy breasts.
Vitamin B6 has been shown to help the array of different PMS symptoms that there are. It plays a vital role in synthesising certain brain chemicals which control your moods and behaviour. B6 does need however other vitamins such as magnesium, to be converted into it’s active form. So make sure to take a good multivitamin alongside this.
Vitamin E, Magnesium, Zinc and Omega 3 fatty acids have all also be proven to help alongside PMS.
If you’ve been suffering with PMS for some time now, why not give me a message back and we can get you booked in for a nutritional consultation and plan to help make sure you’re on the best blood sugar balancing diet and see if any hormones are out of sync preventing you from feeling 100%!