What is PMS?
You might be asking yourself, “what is PMS exactly?” PMS stands for premenstrual syndrome. And what does that mean? Let’s break it down.
Pre = before
Menstrual = your monthly period
Syndrome = a recurring pattern of symptoms that is similar in different patients and whose cause cannot be attributed to one single disease.
The definition of PMS is: a hormonal disorder characterized by mental and physical symptoms during the second half of the cycle, which subsides at the onset of menstruation.
OK… but what is PMS?
For those who still wonder what PMS is and what causes it.
What is PMS? It is a variety of reoccurring and usually unpleasant symptoms that arise from the imbalance of our fragile hormone system. What causes hormonal imbalance? There are various causes that disturb the balance. One main disturbance is when the ratio of estrogen to progesterone, the two cycle-regulating hormones, is disrupted. This is usually caused by estrogen dominance (EG) due to excess estrogen we might be exposed to from foods, products, medications and birth control pills. Then, on top of that, a lack of vital vitamins and nutrients can make the symptoms even worse.
The days before your period (PMS)
The symptoms we might experience before our period are a sign that something is wrong. The same is true for other types of cycle disorders and infertility. One in three women report symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
Over the past few decades, more than 150 PMS symptoms have been recorded. The most common symptoms include:
Physical PMS Symptoms
– breast tenderness, aching and swollen breasts
– bloating or bloated abdomen
– constipation or diarrhea
– dizziness, drowsiness
– nausea, vomiting
– back pain, joint pain, muscle tension
– headache, migraine
– sweating, hot flashes
– noise and light sensitivity
– oily, impure skin
– water retention, weight gain
– food cravings
– sleep disorders
Mental PMS Symptoms
– tension, nervousness, inner turmoil
– anxiety, panic attacks
– mood swings
– aggression, outbursts of anger
– grief, hopelessness to depressive moods
– difficulty concentrating
– insecurity, feelings of guilt
Because of the multitude of symptoms, women will experience very different PMS types. Depending on the type of PMS you encounter, including certain symptoms, you are able to see a small glimpse into your bodies concerns. This will help to discern the possible culprits (most likely EG) and solutions.
Thus, the question “what is PMS?” should now be resolved. Now that you know what PMS is, we come to the next important point: what to do about it.
How do I alleviate PMS?
If you have PMS symptoms, there are a few things you can do to stabilize your cycle and relieve your symptoms. You might be asking yourself, “how do I alleviate PMS?” This journey should start with a healthy, balanced and nutrient-rich diet. For many people, ‘healthy’ means different things. Fresh and organic whole foods like fruits and vegetables are the most important part of diet because they provide the most vitamins and nutrients. It may be important to consult a nutritionist if you feel that your diet needs improvement. Almost more important than diet is stress reduction. Stress causes your body to release stress hormones (cortisol, adrenaline, etc.) and can also aggravate more estrogen production which can have a negative effect on your cycle by unbalancing the delicate hormonal balance and causing PMS.
Treatment of PMS
If these simple lifestyle changes don’t help you, there are other approaches to PMS treatment. For example, there are many very effective natural remedies for PMS syndrome.
Depending on which symptoms you are plagued with, there are various homeopathic remedies, productive medicinal herbs, healing teas or vitamin and mineral supplements. To determine exactly what can help you, you should know which PMS type you are.
PMS can affect you in your everyday life, but it’s not normal and can be eradicated. Trust us, we’ve experienced the miracle of herbal remedies on our PMS which is why we want to share our secrets with you.