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5 Natural Tips to Take the Syndrome Out of PMS
Posted By Mark Hyman, M.D. On August 11, 2010 @ 11:02 am In Health & Wellness | 4 Comments
The majority of American women suffer from headaches, mood swings, bloating and other problems that threaten their relationships, work life and well-being . Most unwillingly accept these discomforts as normal. But it doesn’t have to be this way …
The symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS ), like mood swings , irritability, depression , anxiety , fluid retention, bloating, breast tenderness, sugar cravings, headaches  and sleep disturbances , affect 75 percent of women. In 20 percent of those women, the symptoms are so severe that they need medical treatment. About 8 percent have such extreme symptoms that the problem has been given a new name: premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
But being 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 genetics or bad luck — but by bad habits, environmental toxins  and stress .
The real cause for PMS is simply this: Your hormones become unbalanced, causing your estrogen levels to increase and progesterone levels to decrease, either relatively or absolutely.
There are many things that promote these hormone imbalances, such as a high-sugar, refined carbohydrate diet, caffeine, stress, dairy , hormones in dairy products and meat and estrogen-like toxins from pesticides and pollution. Alcohol also contributes to problems because it damages the liver, which prevents it from excreting excess estrogen.
Constipation and imbalances in the gut bacteria can worsen the situation because they lead to the reabsorption of estrogen from the gut back into your blood, even after your liver has tried to get rid of it.
Your body also needs exercise to help balance hormones. So if you aren’t moving your body enough, it’s likely this is part of the problem as well.
Fortunately, good research shows that there are many ways to get hormones back in balance — without drugs. Here’s my plan for preventing PMS and PMDD. Although some of my suggestions may seem severe, science shows that they work. Give them a try and you will see in just one or two cycles how much better you feel.
A number of supplements have been shown to help ease PMS symptoms by improving metabolic function and hormone metabolism. Here are the superstars:
Herbs and phytonutrients can also be very helpful. Here are the best studied and most effective:
Exercise is very important for balancing hormones. Aim for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, four to five times a week.
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.
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 to live with monthly discomfort or need drugs to survive!
To your good health,
Mark Hyman, M.D.
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 PMS: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Ladies-Learn-to-Love-Your-Yoga.html
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 anxiety: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/ultrawellness-key-7
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 sleep disturbances: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/is-your-lack-of-sleep-making-you-fat
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 dairy: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/why-you-should-avoid-milk
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 omega 3 fats: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/what-criminals-and-fish-have-to-do-with-your-health
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