WOMEN SUFFER from headaches, mood swings, bloating, and other problems that threaten their relationships, work life, and well-being during Periods. It’s true that the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects 75 percent of women. And in 20 percent of those women, the symptoms are so severe that they need medical treatment.
But just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you have to live with these symptoms. The real fact is that suffering related to menstrual cycles is unnecessary — and not caused by bad luck, but by bad habits, environmental toxins, and stress.
5 Simple Steps to Eliminate PMS
1. Clean up your diet.
Stop eating refined flour, sugar, and processed foods.
Cut out caffeine.
Stop drinking alcohol.
Balance your blood sugar by eating protein, such as a protein shake, eggs, and nut butters, for breakfast.
Eat evenly throughout the day and don’t skip meals.
Don’t eat within three hours of bedtime.
Cut out all dairy and consider eliminating other common allergens for a few months, especially gluten.
Increase fiber in your diet from vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains. Two tablespoons of ground flax seeds a day are especially helpful in correcting constipation and balancing hormones. Put them in a shake or sprinkle them on salads or food.
Increase omega-3 fats by eating more wild fish like sardines, herring, and wild salmon, as well as omega-3 eggs and walnuts.
Eat organic food, especially animal products, to avoid environmental estrogens from pesticides.
2. Take supplements.
A number of supplements can also help ease PMS symptoms by improving metabolic function and hormone metabolism. Herbs and phytonutrients can also be very helpful.
3. Get moving.
Exercise is very important for balancing hormones. Aim for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, 4 to 5 times a week.
4. Address stress.
Dealing with stress is also critical. Take a hot bath at night, get a massage, try yoga, learn deep breathing or meditation. These techniques and others can help balance hormones.
5. Try alternative therapies.
Therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy may help. One clinical trial showed that individualized homeopathy is effective in treating PMS. Five homeopathic medicines were used: Lachesis, Natrum muriaticum, Nux vomica, Pulsatilla, and Sepia.
Remember, women are not defective. You can thrive and be healthy by paying attention to a few natural laws of biology. You don’t need drugs to survive!
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