Do you suffer from PMS (premenstrual syndrome)? It’s shocking that up to 40% of women will have to manage their symptoms!
PMS symptoms include:
- mood differences (depression, hostility, irritability, weepy)
- swelling (breasts, feet, hands, bloating, weight gain)
- anxiety (palpitations, agitation, restless)
- insomnia or disturbed sleep
- cravings for salt or refined carbs (bread, chocolate)
What causes PMS?
PMS is caused by a variety of factors and is different for each women. It could be hormone imbalance (like prolactin, aldosterone, estrogen or insulin), dietary factors, your exercise, or it could be a nutrient deficiency (like B6 or magnesium).
What can you do about it?
- First start by tracking your symptoms – get a calendar or piece of paper or an app to track all your symptoms that aren’t normal.
- Rate them on a scale of 1-10
- Record how long they last for e.g. 1 hour, 6 hours, 2 days
Then tweak something in your life and watch the next cycle and do the 3 steps to record again. Just being aware is the first stage.
Natural treatments for PMS do exist. Herbs, supplements, and lifestyle changes can dramatically improve your cycle.
Drs. Kerri & Whitney,