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.
Understanding the Causes of PMS
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. Fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone levels during the menstrual cycle can affect neurotransmitters in the brain, leading to mood changes, irritability, and other emotional symptoms.
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. Additionally, lifestyle factors such as stress, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and insufficient sleep can exacerbate PMS symptoms.
Abnormal sleep is a factor that may help produce the emotional symptoms of PMS, and a lack of serotonin, a brain chemical that 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.
Reducing Symptoms of PMS Naturally
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
Preventing symptoms of PMS include reducing caffeine and adopting a healthy diet, exercising, vitamin, mineral and herbal supplementation, sleeping well, and natural hormone therapy.
Many natural remedies can help alleviate the symptoms of PMS. Here are some of the most effective options:
- Diet: A healthy diet rich in whole foods, fruits, and vegetables can help reduce inflammation and balance hormones. It is essential to avoid processed foods, refined sugar, and caffeine.
- Exercise: Regular exercise can help reduce stress, improve mood, and alleviate physical symptoms of PMS, such as bloating and cramps.
- Supplements: Nutritional supplements such as magnesium, vitamin B6, and evening primrose oil can help balance hormones and reduce PMS symptoms.
- Herbal remedies: Herbs such as a chaste tree, black cohosh, and dong quai can help balance hormones and alleviate PMS symptoms.
- Hormone therapy: Natural hormone therapy, such as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, can help restore hormonal balance and reduce PMS symptoms.
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!
Working with a Naturopathic Physician
Every woman’s experience with PMS is unique, and a personalized approach is necessary to address the underlying causes of the symptoms. A naturopathic physician can help you identify the factors contributing to your PMS symptoms and develop a tailored treatment plan. They can also help you optimize your overall health and well-being, leading to freedom from PMS symptoms and a better quality of life.
PMS is a challenging condition that can significantly impact a woman’s daily life. However, with a holistic approach that addresses the root causes of the symptoms, it is possible to find relief and experience freedom from PMS naturally. By making lifestyle adjustments and seeking the guidance of a naturopathic physician, women can improve their hormonal health and overall well-being, leading to happier and healthier lives.