Today’s message is for those in this community struggling with PMS.
I probably don’t have to tell you if you are struggling with PMS that there are a whole lot of hormonal changes are occurring in your body, leading up to menstruation!
Still, I think too many women have accepted PMS, even severe PMS, like a normal part of being a woman. Why? For years we’ve been told breast pain, belly bloat, cramps, headaches, and crazy mood swings are normal.
But the truth is, many of these symptoms are signs of hormone imbalance.
Studies show exaggerated PMS symptoms are unique to women in Industrialized nations. It might surprise you to hear that PMS is not a universal experience! Let’s get real; we have way too much stress, consume too much caffeine, overindulge in sugar, and don’t get enough sleep.
But here’s what I want you to take home from today’s message; it’s not just about your period. When a hormone imbalance goes untreated, further problems such as PCOS, fibroids, and infertility can result.
6 Ways to Find Relief:
- PMS + BREAST PAIN – Iodine isn’t just for thyroid health! Iodine is my go-to for breast pain too. Iodine is needed for the normal function of breast tissue. Taking iodine supplements may not be safe for some women with thyroid disease. I prefer to get my iodine naturally from seafood and ocean vegetables. If you are taking in supplement form, limit to 800-1000 mcg (or less than 1 mg).
- PMS + BLOATING – Try dandelion leaf. Dandelion leaf is a diuretic. It contains natural potassium, so it does not diminish potassium in the body as synthetic diuretics do. Try some roasted dandelion root coffee or tea. Dandelion is also an effective phytoestrogen and helps balance estrogen levels.
- PMS + CRAVINGS – Try Appetite-Carving Control by Newton Laboratories. This is a gentle homeopathic remedy designed to help with craving and emotional discomfort. This product is available inside my online dispensary.
- PMS + DEPRESSION – Right before you start your period, estrogen, progesterone and serotonin levels fall considerably, often causing symptoms such as depression, insomnia, and other mood changes. Herbs such as St. John’s Wort, and Passion Flower may help maintain healthy serotonin levels in the brain, making it an excellent choice for lifting the mood. *Contradicted for use with antidepressants. I good option here may be PMS Tonic by Vitanica. This also can be found in my online dispensary by doing a product search.
- PMS + HEADACHES – Numerous women with PMS headaches have estrogen dominance. Getting your hormone levels checked in the luteal phase of your menstrual cycle (second half of cycle) can help you determine if you are estrogen dominant. If you are, natural body-identical progesterone may help. Be sure to work with a practitioner trained in natural hormone therapy to assist you.
- PMS + INSOMNIA – Countless women experience sleep disturbances before their period starts. This is due to the many hormonal shifts that occur before your period. There are many natural herbal sleep-aids on the market that contain lavender, passion flower, California poppy, valerian root and other herbs. Examples here are Sleep Tonic by Vitanica o Sleep Aide by Vital Nutrients. These too can be found inside my online dispensary.
If you want to take a deeper dive into how to relieve your PMS symptoms, check out, Hormone Help for Women with PMS and Irregular Menstrual Cycles DIY program.