So what can I do??? Well I started researching PMS and natural remedies to manage my night sweats and increased anxiety.
Here's what I found:
- There are over 150 symptoms linked to PMS. In addition to what I listed above there are: headaches, acne, swollen feet, depression, joint pain, insomnia, impatience, dizziness, constipation, hemorrhoids. I'm sure you can think of 20 more!
- PMS can occur 1-2 weeks before menstruation occurs.
- Bearing children or being married can increase the likelihood of suffering from PMS and it can be a major cause of divorce.
- Hormonal imbalance is the main cause of PMS. Estradiol is a type of estrogen that builds up in the body if not eliminated. When there is too much estrogen and not enough progesterone in your body fluid gets retained which affects circulation and impedes oxygen and nutrient flow to the brain and female organs.
- Diet is key to managing/minimizing PMS. Women who eat a lot of refined sugar, fat, dairy, and salt suffer more severe symptoms.
- During the premenstrual period the body wants more sugar for fuel. When you over overindulge because of the craving blood sugar levels shoot up then plunge which can trigger fatigue, mental fog, and emotional imbalance.
- If you are regularly constipated, your liver cannot get rid of excess estradiol effectively.
- Women who consume a lot of caffeine are more likely to have severe PMS.
- Most of our meat and diary products contain hormones. Since PMS is all about hormonal imbalance the more hormones you ingest, the more severe your symptoms will be. Food treated with hormones lack progesterone and have excessive estrogen.
- Vegetarian women eliminate 2 - 3 more times estrogen in their feces than non-vegetarians. Which makes sense, because the meat containing hormones is not consumed.
7 ways to cope with PMS the natural way:
- CHANGE YOUR DIET! If you are eating a lot of fat, sugar, salt, caffeine and diary products, then stop it. Try it for two months and see what happens.
- You must start making changes early in the month. Don't wait until the week of your period to make changes. Start 2 weeks prior.
- Eliminate meat and other hormone laden foods. Don't put the extra estrogen in your body.
- Eat more fiber and drink lots of water so you can keep your system going....and going....and going. Gotta help your liver get rid of the excess estrogen.
- Exercise regularly. Walking, running, playing sports or dancing is a great way to increase your oxygen intake which aids nutrient absorption and the elimination of toxins.
- Get out in the sun. Sunlight boosts melatonin and serotonin which help you sleep.
- Start using herbs for relief. You can used herbal remedies in so many format such as ointments for aches and pains, teas, slaves or aromatherapy.
- Wild yam
- Chasteberry - can balance hormones
- Skullcap - can relieve nervous tension and irritability
- Raspberry - good for the uterus
- Ginger - can be a substitute for chocolate
- Dong quai
- Fennel seed
- Black cohosh
- Squaw vine
- Blessed thistle
I'm a firm believer that NATURE HAS ALL THE ANSWERS!
Have you found natural ways of dealing with PMS?
Men - please share this with the lovely ladies in your life! Remember...we love you in spite of what come out of our mouths....It's the hormones talking! :)
Peace and love!
Reference: Natural Remedies Encyclopedia - Vance Ferrell and Harold Cherne, M.D.