Freedom from PMS Naturally
Millions of American women suffer from PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, a debilitating set of symptoms occurring 7-12 days prior to the start of menstruation, which interferes with the ability of many women to function normally both at work and at home. As prevalent and disruptive as PMS may be, it is a disorder often dismissed as one that must be painfully endured and accepted by women. PMS sufferers present a variety of conditions, but the most common are the emotional symptoms of anxiety, moodiness, depression, tension and irritability, and bodily symptoms presented as fatigue, acne, cramps, breast tenderness, joint pain, backache, headache, fluid retention or bloating, constipation, allergies, swelling and weight gain.
These symptoms are not a woman’s fate to suffer indefinitely, but a way for the body to signal a need to restore balance. A woman’s menstrual cycle is regulated by hormonal changes primarily between estrogen and progesterone. Environmental stressors, nutritional deficiencies and any combination of a number of other factors which put pressure on this delicate hormonal system will cause a hormonal imbalance resulting in one or more physical PMS symptoms.
Abnormal sleep is a factor that may help produce the emotional symptoms of PMS, and a lack of serotonin, a brain chemical which supports sleeping well, may be the culprit. Serotonin also regulates menstrual hormones, and low serotonin levels may cause early ovulation, an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone, and thusly the physical symptoms of PMS.
Conventionally, limited relief can be found through taking painkillers or patiently waiting for the onset of menses for symptoms to subside. However, there are a number of lifestyle adjustments and nutritional, physical and hormonal therapies that can make patients feel remarkably better, with PMS symptoms disappearing in as little as one to three months, and then for good! Measures to prevent symptoms of PMS include reducing caffeine and adopting a healthy diet, exercising, vitamin, mineral and herbal supplementation, sleeping well, and natural hormone therapy. It is helpful to consult with a naturopathic physician for a personalized assessment to identify the causes of your particular set of PMS symptoms because every woman is unique. An individualized treatment plan will guide one to meet her particular needs and healthcare goals and move toward an optimal state of happiness and wellness – all month long!