75% of women in today’s western society will experience PMS. Many of these women do not know this is not a normal process for women to go through each month and what is worse is the pain medication they take to suppress these symptoms are only making their situation worse.
What is the Under Lying Cause of PMS
When address in hormonal related conditions we look closely at your diet and they affect this has on your gastrointestinal and liver health. We look into how well you are eliminating excess toxins and hormones though your elimination pathways and what genetic and environmental exposures could be playing a part in all this for you.
Some areas we will investigate for PMS are your intake of refine sugars, processed foods, alcohol, stress. Any blood sugar imbalances, excess weight, and what levels of inflammation are in your body as these can imbalance you Thyroid and Adrenal gland health and genetic pathways. These all can be drivers of excess oestrogen levels, leading to symptoms such as breast pain, bloating, mood swings, irritability, headaches lack of sleep, cramping and fatigue.
The underlying cause of PMS is caused by an imbalance in hormones — namely, your oestrogen is dominant, either absolute or relative to progesterone.
Diets rich in sugar, refined carbohydrate, non-organic meat, conventional dairy products and caffeine promote inflammation in the body and hormonal imbalances. Whereas, diets that are low in these foods and high in anti-inflammatory whole foods along with fibre and healthy fats will assist to balance hormones.
If you find yourself passing a stool less than once a day you would be considered to have constipation, if you are not eliminating toxins out of your body daily though your elimination pathways such as your stools, you are not releasing excess oestrogen from the digestive tract and it will be recycled in your body to lead to elevated oestrogen levels and hormonal imbalances.
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Environmental pollutants and hormone-disrupting chemicals in our environment (make-up, cleaners, hair spray, tans, creams, lotions etc) also induce these hormone changes as it puts a lot of stress on your liver.
Stress is also an area to be mindful of, our hormones are very sensitive and stress can cause an imbalance to our adrenal glands, thyroid and reproductive organs.
Gentle daily exercise can be great to keep your hormones in balance.
When assisting with PMS and other hormonal related symptoms in my clinic we look for the under lying cause to the presenting symptoms and then we assist to bring the body back into balance though dietary, lifestyle changes and herbal/ nutritional medicine.
Natural Remedies for PMS & Cramps
I find working with an optimal dose of a quality practitioner white labelled Magnesium glycinate, B6 and Zinc in the Luteal phase of a cycle provides great results for a number of women.
Increasing Fibre to assist with elimination of oestrogen.
Supporting liver processes though diet and herbal/ nutritional supplementation
Lower Inflammation in the body by adding in an anti-inflammatory diet.
Removing gluten, dairy, refined sugar, processed food and any foods you are sensitive too will cause inflammation.
Cortisol, a stress hormone secreted by your adrenals, are designed to be released at only certain times of the day and in times of stress. When you experience prolonged, chronic stress your adrenal glands work overtime and excreted excess cortisol and inflammation.
You can handle your stress with incorporating some easy relating practices like yoga, deep breathing, meditation, visualisation, walking, and floating (in a float tank).
Next Steps to Balance
When PMS symptoms have been with you for awhile or are quite severe, it is often necessary to leverage supplements like Vitex, turmeric, calcium d-glucarate, omega-3 fatty acids, and adaptogenic herbs. In my clinical practice, women often begin the “Period Balancing Kit” as it has foundational supplements to begin to balance their hormones optimally.
Plus, as inflammation in the body decreases, so does the frequency of menstrual cramps, low backache, irritability, and fatigue!!
If you would like to know more information on balancing hormones please feel free to contact me on 0425 744 078 to book in for a Period Balancing consultation please head to the “Booking” button on this website.