PMS is NOT Normal

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Reaching for that sweet snack or salty snack while binge watching TV shows on Netflix, curled under a blanket with a heat pack is a natural part of your menstrual cycle. Snapping at everything, being moody or irritable and tired are normal. The cramps, headaches, insomnia and bloating are just a part of life. And just feeling yuck in the days leading up to and throughout your period is the way it is. This is normal, right?

Wrong. PMS is not normal. It is our bodies way of telling us that something is out of balance. It is not something women should or need to put up with every month. However, it is something women tend to just put up with and it becomes a normal part of their lives. And instead of getting to the bottom of the problem, women tend to ignore it, take a couple of Panadol and just get on with life.

Approximately 75% of women experience PMS to some degree. PMS or Premenstrual Syndrome is a condition characterised by physical, emotional and mental symptoms that occur during the week before your period begins and ends within a few days of the start of bleeding. The cause for PMS in unknown but the belief is there is multiple factors that could contribute to it including the fluctuation of oestrogen and progesterone. Sometimes the symptoms of PMS are so severe they impact your life so significantly women are diagnosed with PMDD or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, now classified as a mental health disorder.

No single treatment will help everyone because PMS is so different for every woman who experiences it. Naturally, there are many different herbs and supplements that can help, it’s just a matter of finding the right combination which works for you. There are also lifestyle and dietary changes that can assist with helping treat the symptoms associated with PMS.

Common symptoms associated with PMS include:

  • Irritability
  • Headache
  • Low energy
  • Tension
  • Breast Pain
  • Back ache
  • Bloating
  • Stomach ache
  • Depression
  • Cravings

Natural Ways to Treat PMS

Diet and exercise are spoken about by everyone in helping keep your body healthy and happy. It is the same when it comes to treating PMS. Eating plenty of fresh, whole foods including fruits and vegetables, meats and fish and not skipping meals can help regulate your blood sugar, helping to alleviate mood swings that can show their ugly heads around that time of the month. Eating plenty of fibre rich foods keeps your bowels regular and assists in the elimination of excess hormones in the body through waste. Gluten and dairy free diets have also been shown to assist in keeping their PMS symptoms in check. It is important to remember that nourishing your body physically as well as mentally has a huge impact on hormonal health. Listening to what your body is telling you it needs is important in helping your figure out what you need to nourish yourself. Your body craves both nutritionally nourishing foods as well as mentally nourishing foods. Having a healthy relationship with food also goes a long way to maintaining a healthy outlook on life.

Moving our bodies around is just as important as eating what your body needs. Regular exercise improves your mood, increases your circulation and can even help sweat out some of that bloating we all seem to have. Even if you don’t feel like doing a high intensity cardio workout, just walking around the block can make a huge difference in how you are feeling on a whole.

Sleep and stress have huge impacts on your health. Sleep is a vital part to your health. When we sleep our body regulates hormones and blood sugar levels, detoxifies and so much more. When you don’t get enough sleep, around 8 hours depending on what your body needs, your body can’t do those jobs it does while you are sleeping. Before anything else, focus on improving your sleep. If you get in the habit of having a good night sleep, everything else doesn’t seem so hard. I have always felt a good night sleep helps with everything and can improve your health in leaps and bounds.

Managing stress is crucial to nearly every health problem including PMS. Stress can cause trouble with hormonal health as well as impact you mentally. Find out what works for you when dealing with stress. It could be reading a book, colouring in, writing your thoughts down or even mediating. Mediating can help improve your mood by reducing stress hormones as well as leaving you feeling happier and with self-awareness that helps to increase your own awareness of what you are feeling.

There are some great herbs and supplements that will help you deal with the symptoms you experience with PMS symptoms as well as balancing hormones and sugar cravings. To find out more book an appointment today.

As everyone experiences PMS differently, there is no right way to treat this condition. Everyone is different, and everyones symptoms are different. Part of treating PMS is learning your own body, what your symptoms are, what triggers them, what makes them worse or improves them. It is about learning what is right for you. This is where I come in. Helping you figure it out and designing a treatment plan focusing on what you need and what can help you is exactly what you need to combat those PMS blues.