75% of All Menstruating Women Suffer From PMS. Discover Natural Remedies For PMS You Can Use.
Every woman who gets menstrual cycle gets some form of PMS.
The severity depends on many factors like genetics, diet, activity level, age, and overall health.
In fact, 75% of menstruating women gets PMS levels that require treatment but goes untreated, messing their relationships and families most of the month. It doesn’t have to be this way.
5% of these women have severe enough PMS, so severe that they are practically dysfunctional.
Enters the menstrual cycle, women with severe PMS tends to get really tough time with menses but if taken care of, severe cramping, bloating can become manageable.
So, what is PMS
PMS refers to physical and psychological symptoms that occur, usually a week before a woman's menstrual cycle starts and can last through her period.
These symptoms include a headache, mood swings, irritability, bloating, cramps, sadness, indigestion, carb cravings, breast tenderness and pain, and sleep problems.
What causes PMS?
Scientists believe that PMS is caused by hormonal imbalance – abnormal hormonal levels.
Notice that a woman is naturally supposed to have a menstrual cycle with a balanced hormonal level.
Hormonal imbalance seems to be the cause of 75% of PMS and difficult menstrual cycle.
While electrolyte imbalance, diet, drinking alcohol and lack of exercise have been questioned, strong data suggests that these factors only contribute to worsening of hormonal imbalance.
Natural remedies for PMS
To better understand how to take care of PMS naturally, I will separate herbal natural remedies and other remedies.
Herbal remedies are super effective that they are even recommended by gynecologists around the world.
Magnesium citrate or glycinate Supplements:
These are the most absorbable and bioavailable forms of magnesium.
Every woman should be taking 400-600mg of magnesium, regardless your diet.
No one can claim they get enough magnesium. Loose stools (not diarrhea) is not uncommon with Magnesium citrate, a reason why it is used for constipation.
Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12.
Besides anti-aging properties discussed before, B vitamins help in reducing PMS severity.
Omega 3 fatty acids.
Indulge on Omega 3 oils, at least 1gm once or twice a day. Striking the correct balance between Omega 3 and Omega 6 is important to not only control PMS but also reduce belly fat.
Calcium citrate at least 600mg a day is recommended. Calcium works well together with Vitamin D3. Sunlight may not be a reliable source of calcium.
Clean up your diet and your lifestyle:
- Alcohol makes PMS worse. Reducing or cutting off alcohol can help reduce the severity of PMS. Replacing beer with red wine would be helpful.
- Avoid any processed foods and processed sugars. Carbonated sugary drinks make PMS worse, evidence shows.
- Cut caffeine intake.
- Avoid skipping any meal. This is not only unhealthy but it also causes weight gain and hormonal imbalance
- Get enough sleep.
- Avoid eating anything 3-4 hours before bedtime. In other words, eat your dinner around 5-6pm
- Increase dietary fiber intake by taking whole foods, grains, fruits, and vegetables.
- Get moving and exercise. This is not only healthy but also important in fighting hormonal imbalance.
Herbal Supplements – The Most effective
These herbal supplements, now available in Kenya at Western Cosmetics & supplements can help you take care of your PMS.
They work and are scientifically proven and documented.
- Chesterberry Extract (Vitex)
- Evening primrose oil
- St John’s Wort
- Ginkgo Biloba
- Dandelion leaf extract
- Black Cohosh
- Dong Quai – Also very effective in managing menopausal symptoms
- Wild Yam
When taking these natural herbal remedies, follow the recommended daily dosage and do not exceed. Herbal supplements are potent medications and no one should exceed recommended dose.