How To Treat PMS Naturally
Updated: Mar 9
Many woman believe that PMS is normal, and that there is nothing that they can do about it other than to take prescription drugs that will hide or lessen the effects of their PMS. But is this really the case? Or is there another option? Well, in this article we are going to discuss: 1. Whether or not PMS is avoidable, and 2. What natural remedies there are for PMS.
Let's start of by discussing our first question: Is PMS avoidable?
Well, in order to answer that question, we first need to understand that the hormonal changes that happen in your body just before the beginning of your period are natural and indeed necessary in order to have a healthy cycle. So, your body's process of preparing for your period is unavoidable, unless you use prescription drugs to prevent this. These drugs however can be extremely compromising not only to your hormonal health, but also much of your physical health.
Although this is true, normal hormone change isn't the culprit behind PMS. PMS occurs when you natural hormone changes are out of balance and extreme. High levels of the hormone Estrogen, for example, can lead to a whole host of menstrual and premenstrual issues, as well as increased weight gain and bloating. So the answer to our question, "Is PMS avoidable?" is this: The natural hormonal changes that take place just before your period starts are unavoidable. However, the extreme or unbalanced changes that result in the condition known as PMS are completely avoidable and rectifiable!
The great thing about using natural remedies for this is, not only can you rectify your hormonal imbalance, you can do so without any of the nasty side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.
So then, what natural remedies are there for PMS?
There are many herbs, supplements and alike that have been shown to help alleviate the symptoms of PMS. However, here are our 5 top recommendations.
1. Eat a cleaner diet!
Yup, I bet you saw that one coming. But the truth is that nothing will help you see greater improvements in avoiding PMS than cultivating a clean diet. If you find you struggle to keep to a diet plan, then I suggest you try to implement these suggestions only a week before and during the period of time you know you generally suffer from PMS. On the other hand, if you have no issues sticking to a good diet, these suggestions will serve you well for all month round.
Stop eating refined flour, sugar, and processed foods. This is a big one! You sugar intake will directly affect your hormone levels. Remember, insulin is a hormone too...
To help with this, balance your blood sugar by eating protein. Some examples of how you can incorporate protein into your diet include protein shakes, eggs, and nut butters.
Reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake.
Cut out all dairy and consider eliminating other common allergy causing foods, especially gluten.
Eat evenly throughout the day and don’t skip meals.
Increase your omega-3 fats intake by eating more wild fish like sardines, herring, and wild salmon, as well as omega-3 eggs and walnuts.
Increase fiber in your diet from vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains.
In line with this two tablespoons of ground flax seed taken daily will be especially helpful in correcting constipation and balancing hormones. Add to a shake or sprinkle on salads or food.
Eat organic food, especially animal products, to avoid environmental estrogens from pesticides.
Regular exercise will help tremendously when it comes to balancing your hormones. There's no rules as to the type of exercise you do, just make sure you do it! Not only will you sleep and feel better, but your stress levels will decrease and your hormones will thank you for that.
3. Reduce your stress levels
Few things can mess up the hormones and exacerbate PMS symptoms like stress can. So finding a way to deal with your stress is crucial. Exercise, take long walks, have bubble baths and listen to jazz, whatever works for you. Just make sure that at the end of each day you take some time to de-stress.
4. Use supplements
Supplements are a great way to help give your body what it needs to keep your hormones stable. Here are some great ones that have been proven to work.
St. John’s wort
These 6 supplements will combat a wide range of PMS related issues - Everything from breast paint to mood swings is covered in the list above.
5. Natural therapies
Acupuncture, reflexology and myofacial manipulation have all been proven to provide relief and effective treatment of PMS.
In conclusion, PMS doesn't have to be a normal part of your life. You can manage and treat it with these natural remedies.
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