PMS has over 150 different symptoms and no single medication.
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How to Minimize PMS Symptoms
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) is very complex, which partially explains why it has been such a controversial subject since it was first acknowledged in the medical literature in 1931.
Diet is Key to PMS Relief
Diet is a key factor. Many women with severe PMS eat a diet too high in refined foods and sugar.
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Which of These 15 Premenstrual Syndrome Warning Symptoms Do You Actually Have?
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More Than 150 Different Symptoms
Over 150 different symptoms occurring in the 7 to 14 days prior to menstruation have been documented.
No Single Medication
Attempts to develop a single medication to relieve all symptoms for all women have been unsuccessful.
Sometimes Caused by Imbalances
Studies have indicated that PMS may sometimes be caused by imbalances.
PMS is Caused by
- Imbalances in
- prostaglandins. These are potent hormone-like compounds composed of:
- essential fatty acids, that stimulate the muscles of the uterus)
- vitamin/mineral imbalances; and/or
- hormone imbalances.
Natural Approach Works Well
A natural approach often works well in solving PMS discomfort because it corrects the the causative imbalances rather than just masking the symptoms of the disorder.
Many Have Found Relief By
- implementing changes in diet
- (especially to control blood sugar levels)
- by exercising more and
- by following a carefully designed regimen of nutritional supplements.
Improvements in a Month
It may take several months for natural therapies to rebalance your system, but you should notice improvements after a month of diet changes and supplements.
Physiological Cause for Cravings
There is a physiological cause for the cravings for carbohydrates and sugars that you experience a couple of weeks before your period.
Consider Naturopathic Consultation
If your symptoms do not improve, I suggest a consultation with a holistic medical doctor such as a naturopath or homeopath.
Cells Handle Insulin Differently
After ovulation your cells handle insulin differently and this affects the way your body reacts to sugar in your diet.
to PMS Relief
A natural approach to treating premenstrual symptoms has worked extremely well for many women.
Must Control Sugar to Reduce PMS
Because severe PMS sufferers often eat too many refined foods (sugars), controlling blood sugar levels is an important aspect of diet.
Reducing Sugar Cravings
The best way to get rid of sugar cravings, unfortunately, is to get sugar out of your diet.
Chromium deficiency can also cause sugar cravings.
Controlling PMS by Reducing Sugar and Sugar Cravings
- Make sure you never miss a meal
- include some vegetable protein in each meal to help keep your blood sugar levels stable and help you deal with the cravings
- Try to eat 5-6 servings (half cup each) of fresh vegetables daily (steamed, raw, stir-fried and in soups, casseroles, pastas, etc.,) especially
- Brussels sprouts
- winter squash
- leafy greens like:
- beet greens
- salad greens
- Eat brown rice often
- Eat whole grain pastas, breads, cereals and legumes.
- These foods are, in a sense, fat-burning foods since they burn almost a quarter of their calories before storing them as fat, unlike fatty and sugary foods which burn only about 2% of their calories.
- Try to get more of your protein from vegetable sources like:
- soy foods
- black beans
- whole grains
- raw nuts
- raw seeds, etc.
- Cut back on red meat and cheese.
- Sea food, fish, eggs and low fat yogurt are also good protein sources.
- See the online hypoglycemia recommendations for more information on balancing blood sugar levels, s.
- Include essential fatty acids in your diet every day.
- Drink six to eight glasses of pure water every day.
- Always keep your salt intake low -- not just during your period.
- Add more fibre to your diet, especially in the two weeks before your period.
- Caffeine, alcohol and nicotine can make PMS symptoms worse. Try to keep your coffee intake to one cup a day.
- Take a multivitamin/mineral tablet daily with a meal.
- Take 500mg of vitamin C and 200 I.U. of vitamin E daily, with a meal for six to eight weeks.
- A green food powdered supplement that is dissolved in water or diluted juice would be an excellent supplement for you.
- It would give you a quick green boost (minerals) and, since it is a food-source supplement, it is easily absorbed. Wheat grass, barley grass, sometimes alfalfa, spirulina and chlorella are the main ingredients.
- They supply an extra boost of vegetable protein, minerals, a wide range of vitamins and chlorophyl (good for your liver).
- Wakunaga Kyo-Green would be a good one to try (it's not too expensive) but there are others available if you can't find it.
- Green superfoods are really good fatigue fighters, too -- and can help prevent food cravings when taken between meals.
- If you have severe symptoms, try these extra supplements for two to three months (if your PMS doesn't improve, stop taking them):
- a calcium/magnesium supplement daily - it may prevent cramping during your period
- lactobacillus acidophilus with each meal.
- daily exercise is important.
- The best time to exercise to boost circulation and metabolism and to promote deep sleep is in the early morning.
- Early morning sunlight is also very beneficial.
- Even your liver depends on a steady supply of oxygen to function well. A walk is ideal.
- Try relaxation exercises like yoga and deep breathing exercises.
- Your liver helps to keep hormone levels in balance. Please see the liver recommendations.
- Any undetected allergies or food sensitivities could make your PMS symptoms worse. See the allergy recommendations.