It’s almost that time of the month, again. Cue the irrational crying, uncontrollable cravings, and emotional stress, right? Not this month! It’s time to say peace out to PMS! I am here to help you decrease and eliminate the negative symptoms that arise with premenstrual syndrome.
Almost all women experience PMS. Symptoms often change throughout different stages of your life and can be a sign of a hormone imbalance. Your hormones affect everything from mood, to weight, to digestion. If you have symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, skin issues, trouble sleeping, sugar cravings, PMS, low libido, infertility, relentless irritability, poor stress resilience or irregular menstrual cycles, chances are you have a hormone imbalance. Now that we know this, let’s identify some of the possible causes and more importantly, offer some solutions!
Causes: There are several factors that contribute to PMS. Here are the main culprits...
1.) Cyclic changes in hormones: Symptoms of PMS change with hormonal fluctuations; Symptoms can be triggered by menstrual hormones such as estrogen and progesterone.
2.) Chemical changes in the brain: There is a fluctuation of serotonin, (a brain neurotransmitter) which plays a role in mood states that can lead to sleep difficulty, fatigue and recurring negative thoughts.
3.) Depression: Insufficient serotonin may contribute to PMS depression and can leave you feeling in an altered emotional state.
4.) Lifestyle factors: High stress lifestyle, unstable blood sugar, or lack of nutrients can all contribute to unpleasant PMS symptoms.
Solutions: Let’s correct these imbalances with food, lifestyle and movement. Here are the first steps...
1.) Exercise: Frequency matters! Try a moderate intensity work out 5 times per week for 30 minutes instead of 2 hours of cardio 2 times per week.
2.) Acupuncture: Regular acupuncture is helpful in balancing female hormonal function and the autonomic nervous system; it is effective for the long-term management of PMS.
3.) Supplements: Supplements are well known to help to improve and relieve symptoms. Add these suggested vitamins to your daily diet: Vitamin B6, 50 to 100 mg/day, Calcium (carbonate or citrate) 600 mg 2x/day and Magnesium citramate, 150-300 mg/day.
If you’re interested in identifying what hormonal imbalances you may have based on your symptoms, check out my workshop “Balance Your Hormones Naturally” workshop taking place on October 17th from 11:30am-1:30pm at Riverside Yoga and Massage in Newburyport, MA. Reserve your spot for this popular workshop HERE!
Let’s boost your body's ability to balance your hormones naturally through simple nutrition and lifestyle shifts. Whether you are suffering from one painful PMS symptom or 100, know that you can take action to gain control over these monthly disruptions. I draw upon my knowledge and experience with Dr. Sara Gottfrieds’ Hormone Cure Training Program to improve the lives of women of every age.
Please contact me for a complimentary consultation!