How to Say no to PMS
PMS can be like this. But it doesn’t have to be.
Once we were told that we had to endure PMS.
PMS (premenstrual syndrome) was first described in 1931. By the 1950s medicine had recognised estrogen as a major contributor.
The recommended cure for severe cases was:
“Removal of the ovaries or radiation therapy to decrease estrogen production and ‘restore order in both the home and the workplace.” (Psychological History of Women).
But we’ve moved on.
There‘s a natural process going on here and there’s a natural solution, balance.
Ups And Downs of Estrogen
Females begin producing estrogen at puberty to enable reproduction and ensure our species survives. Estrogen production spikes mid cycle every month as a sign of fertility. By the time we approach menopause and reproduction is less important our estrogen levels have dropped significantly. It’s no longer required for reproduction!
Hormones are powerful influencers. They move from one area of body tissue, to another, carrying specific instructions. In the case of estrogen this can be ‘ovulate’.
Not all of their handiwork is helpful though, including that of estrogen.
Overproduction of estrogen interferes with the assimilation of tissue forming collagen and our body’s ability to repair and form new tissue. An oversupply of estrogen compromises tissue strength putting our ligaments and tendons at risk of injury.
Women, often estrogen dominant, are at special risk.
Living with your hormones doesn’t mean living with PMS.
Understanding how estrogen works explains a lot, even why those crazy mood swings want to derail us. PMS, like depression and anxiety, has a big psychological impact and traditional medicine has found it very challenging to treat. Its response has been less than successful, often providing little relief beyond a pill.
It’s not 1950 though. Alternative and complementary medicines and therapies now have status. That means you can help yourself.
Start using these natural recommendations from Return2health, for a better chance of freedom from PMS maladies.
Natural PMS Remedies
Concentrate on whole foods with plenty of vegetables, healthy fats and moderate protein. Avoid sugar and processed grains and starches as well as alcohol and caffeine.
Restore nutrient deficiencies and consider multivitamin supplements. Vitamin B complex capsules will provide all the B vitamins including B6. Limit your sodium intake. Sodium causes your body to retain a lot of excess water, which can create it’s own kind of tension and irritability.
Eat the right kinds of fat, high in the essential fatty acids, such as fermented cod liver oil (you will also get vitamins A, D, and K).
Use evening primrose oil. It has the fatty acids you need.
Exercise increases blood flow, ensures adequate oxygen and nutrient supply to the tissues of your body, and is a natural mood-lifter.
Go herbal. Chaste tree, dong quai and wild yam help balance estrogen and progesterone levels. Dandelion root, milk thistle and globe artichoke help your liver detox excess estrogen.
A Holistic Guide to Help Resolve PMS, divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com
Ankle Sprains, Pains, Instability and Other Ligament Damage: Check Your Hormones, Sock-doc.com
Estrogen and Women’s Emotions, webMD.com
PMS is NOT Normal!, Return2health.net
Psychological History of Women, psychitofomen.umwblogs.org
The Mystery of Female Connective Tissue, Journal of Applied Physiology
PMS Tea by Traditional Medicinals, (Our favorite… and it works!)