My PMS cure- How I conquered PMS
Is there a PMS cure? I have always had PMS, what woman hasn’t? Cramps, Bloating, Mood swings.. ah it is great being a female isnt it?
PMS never affected me greatly till I had my daughter. After giving birth and my periods kicked in again, the symptoms alone were intensified by 10. It usually starts right after I ovulated. The intensity of the symptoms varies month to month. Some months I am good and normal, then others I feel like a hormonal mess.
It really does suck dealing with these hormones sometimes. I wish I could flip a switch and turn them off.
The worst part of my symptoms is the depressive and anxious state. Some months i just want to crawl in bed and not get out, I feel lazy and tired. I always know when I am going to start because the day before I do, My symptoms diminish and I feel normal again. It’s nuts how much our hormones can control our whole body.
I have never talked to a doctor about it, but I self diagnosed as PMDD. According to webMD, “Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a severe form of PMS that includes physical and behavioral symptoms that usually resolve with the onset of menstruation.”
PMDD causes extreme mood shifts that can disrupt work and damage relationships. Symptoms include extreme sadness, hopelessness, irritability, or anger, plus common PMS symptoms such as breast tenderness and bloating.
So fabulous, I have to raise my child and deal with this hormonal mess. Fantastic.
I workout typically 6 days a week. Working out usually gets me through a normal month but on the bad months, not even a gym session will help my hormones.
After almost two years of trying to deal with it. I have finally found my PMS cure. I have found that I really have to make sure I do all these things after I ovulate, other wise I am a mess. Here is my PMS cure:
Exercise: Exercise helps stabilize your hormones and increase seratonin in your body that make you happy. There is never a gym session that I walk away from in a worse mood
I cut out all sugars and intake only about 100 grams of carbs/ day post ovulation– Carbs cause a hormonal shift in your body. When you intake carbs, there is sugar in your blood, the body needs to rid the sugar, otherwise you will go into shock. The pancreas releases insulin to rid the sugar in your blood, the excess sugar is stored as fat. Any time there is a hormone response in your body, other body systems have to play catch up. When you watch your carbs, you help your body out by not creating so many hormone responses.
Evening Primrose Oil-The Native Americans and European settlers used primrose, a wildflower that grows in eastern and central North America, for food. The oil is high in essential fatty acids — which provide the building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones . Essential fatty acids are necessary for human health, but the body can’t make them — you have to get them through food. Evening primrose oil also has a range of therapeutic properties. It’s known to help reduce the pain associated with PMS, and reduce skin irritations and conditions.
Dong Quai– also known as the “female ginseng” because of he benefits it has for females. Dong quai is the premier “gynecological regulator.” It has the ability to reduce your estrogen levels if they are too high and can increase them if they are too low. Dong quai is an antispasmodic that eases cramps and other symptoms of PMS. It dilates your blood vessels to increase flow during your monthly cleansing and helps replenish blood after your period has ended. Women who stop taking birth control pills may also find dong quai useful to encourage a regular cycle.
Chaste tree Berry or Vitex– Numerous studies suggest that chaste berry may help reduce symptoms of PMS, including breast tenderness, headache and irritable mood. Bring on the Chasteberry! Chasteberry can help to balance the ratio of estrogen to progesterone. Besides relieving PMS it has been shown to help with fertility issues. Chaste tree berry has been shown to improve fertility, particularly for women with luteal phase defect (shortened second half of the menstrual cycle). These women have trouble because their ovaries don’t release enough progesterone.
Stress relieve tea with Kava– This is a miracle. I use this for times other than PMS relief. I feel an instant relief when I drink this tea. Ladies its better than wine and zero calories 🙂 Kava has a calming effect, producing brain wave changes similar to changes that occur with calming medicines such as diazepam (Valium, for example). Kava also can prevent convulsions and relax muscles.
Like I said before I have always worked out but sometimes you just need something more. I am all about finding natural ways of coping with body issues as oppose to going the pharmaceutical route. The day I started taking Don quai and Chaste berry I felt an immediate hormonal change in my body. It has been a few months now and I can say that i actually feel normal when I PMS. My boyfriend is thankful for that.
I am not a doctor if you feel like you need medical attention, please consult your doctor first.
Author: Monica Perry
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