Your Endocrine System & Combatting PMS
Written by Amanda Brown
Did you know that over 50% of women suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and that there are over two hundred symptoms that women can experience? The only similar symptom is the time frame in which these wonderful symptoms start to present themselves, typically anywhere from two to fourteen days leading up to your expected date of menstruation. Unfortunately, there is no neat little category into which women fit, which makes treating premenstrual syndrome with western medicine very difficult.
What is the Cause of PMS?
Let’s start by thanking our endocrine system. The endocrine system is extremely complex and sensitive, and this is where our hormones are produced. PMS is definitely related to hormonal fluctuation and hormonal imbalances. Next, we need to thank our ancestors for any genetic predispositions that were passed down to us. Current emotional issues, as well as nutrition and lack of exercise, can also play a part in how women experience premenstrual syndrome.
Some common emotional symptoms that may be experienced during PMS include:
- difficulty falling asleep
- changes in libido
- increased emotional sensitivity
- extreme mood swings and stress
Some common physical symptoms may include:
- cyclical acne
- joint and muscle pain
- swelling and tenderness in the breasts
If you’re looking for ways to help combat your PMS, here are some easy tips you can follow:
- Plan Your Meals: Eat small meals at regular intervals, and try to decrease the intake of salts, fats, sugars and caffeine. Foods which are highly processed should be avoided, along with foods that are high in refined sugars and fats.
- Exercise Regularly: It has been found that women who exercise regularly experience fewer premenstrual complaints.
- Keep a Journal: I encourage women to write a daily journal, and document moods, feelings, and any activities. This journal allows women to see any patterns which take place in their lives as well as menstrual cycles. It is also useful when you are consulting with your homeopath, because often times we forget what happened last month while we are sitting in the consulting room.
Most women are able to cope with mild premenstrual symptoms, but for those who suffer from moderate to severe symptoms, the physical discomfort and emotional roller coasters can be very stressful, and I highly recommend that you contact a qualified Homeopath.
Homeopathy is very effective in treating premenstrual syndrome, and is able to bring relief to women suffering from PMS, while returning a healthy hormonal balance on all levels, as well as regulating the menstrual cycle and reducing uncomfortable symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
Written by Amanda Brown, a Homeopath from London, Ontario, dedicated to helping women find their true health and reclaim their strong, healthy, sexy self!
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