Understanding PMS
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a medical condition, it is not "all in your head.” There are physiological and hormonal changes that are taking place within the body that can cause a myriad of symptoms such as irritability, sadness, mood changes and sleep disturbances. PMS can cause physical symptoms such as cramping, breast tenderness, fluid retention, bloating, sugar cravings and headaches. The biggest reason for all these symptoms is that your
hormones become imbalanced, your estrogen levels increase, and progesterone decreases. The imbalance of hormones and the symptoms associated with this action vary between women. Some women are minimally affected while others have such severe reactions that it can interfere with life and work. There is no clear understanding of why the differences occur, but there are some triggers that could cause PMS syndrome. For example, a higher intake of sugar, a refined food diet, or over-consumption of dairy or meat products that may contain estrogen-like toxins. Alcohol consumption is also a factor because it can interfere with the liver's ability to excrete excess estrogen. The health of your gut and microbiome (gut bacteria) can exasperate symptoms because an unhealthy gut may lead to the reabsorption of estrogen. Over and above all of these possible triggers are your stress levels. Stress is a hormonal response in the body, and the increase of these stress hormones may alter the levels of ovarian hormones.
The Natural Approach to PMS
Once you eliminate some possible triggers for your PMS, consider a natural approach to help manage the hormonal imbalances. Replenishing a deficiency in a few vital vitamins and minerals may help to reduce some symptoms. For instance, calcium may help minimize fatigue and cravings. Magnesium may help reduce cramping and migraines. Vitamin B's (particularly B6) may help with mood swings, irritability, bloating and anxiety. And Omega 3 fatty acids may help with mood, cramping and skin breakouts. Consider solution-based supplements that contain several herbal ingredients, that when combined can create a more balanced approach to managing
PMS. ESTROsmart Plus Vitex & Zinc is a solution-based product for PMS that can help maintain a healthy estrogen to progesterone balance. It can also help reduce cramping, heavy flow, mood swings and hormonal acne. The main ingredient in ESTROsmart Plus is Calcium D-glucarate, which functions to help remove excess estrogens through the detoxification of your liver. Indole-3-carbinol is added to the formula to help protect the cervix from abnormal cell growth such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis and ovarian cysts. Curcumin is included because of its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and as another means to help cleanse the liver. It also contains DIM (Diindolylmethane) to help break down cancer-causing estrogens into non-toxic forms. Sulforaphane, from BroccoPhane broccoli sprout extract, is known to stimulate the body's production of detoxification enzymes that eliminate environmental estrogens. Chaste Tree Berry, also known as Vitex, is a well-researched herb that indirectly increases progesterone and helps to regulate the menstrual cycle. If you are not already taking a B Complex, look for a product that contains at least 50mg of each of the B vitamins such as Bsmart B Complex which will help you to get that much-needed B6. Referring back to the need to replenish some vital minerals, consider a supplement such as MAGsmart powder as your choice of magnesium supplement to help reduce cramping, headaches and sleep disturbances. Smile 5-HTP is an excellent option to help with mood swings and anxiety by enhancing serotonin, (those happy hormones). Control constipation and good bowel health with Regular Girl prebiotic powder and good 50 billion or more probiotic.
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