Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a disorder that affects man women one to two weeks before menstruation begins.
Symptoms can include any or all of the following: abdominal bloating, acne, anxiety, depression, backaches, headaches, breast swelling and tenderness, cramps, food cravings, fainting spells, fatigue, insomnia, joint pains, nervousness, skin eruptions, water retention, personality changes such as drastic mood swings, outbursts of anger, violence and sometimes even thoughts of suicide.
The symptoms are so various and numerous that diagnosis of PMS can often be difficult.
For many years, PMS was dismissed as a psychological problem. It is now known that it is a physical based problem. Hormonal imbalances such as excess levels of oestrogen and inadequate levels of progesterone are common cause, as well as sensitivity to fluctuating hormones.
Diet may also be a contributing factor, along with undiagnosed food allergies and intolerances, fluctuating blood sugar levels, malabsorption, changes in carbohydrate metabolism etc. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are a very important aspect of PMS, together with an inability to metabolize fatty acids.
Naturopathy is very supportive for PMS and most people have some improvement within the first month. Herbs are also very effective in assisting in the clearing of hormonal acne in both men and women. Symptoms will still improve whether or not a woman is on the Oral contraceptive pill.
Regular exercise will also assist. Exercise increases the oxygen level in the blood, which helps to keep hormone levels more stable.
Proper diet is very important. Meals high in complex carbohydrates (vegetables, whole grains, peas and beans), lean protein would be suitable. Avoiding white flour products such as white bread, cakes, white pasta etc., will help with imbalances in blood sugar control and the desire for sweet food or chocolate.
It is also very important to support phase II part of detoxification to remove excess oestrogen out of the liver; this is best done with glutamine, taurine, cysteine etc.
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms there is no need to suffer a longer. Naturopathy can support your body without interfering with any existing medication. Click HERE to contact our clinic
DISCLAIMER: This is not to replace medical advice. Please speak to your Medical Practitioner if you have any concerns. Please contact your Naturopath if you would like to do a supervised detox.