Millions of women experience symptoms of PMS every month. Crying spells,
nervousness, anxiety, depression, bloating, headache, fatigue…The list
goes on. Each woman is unique as to the degree of severity and discomfort
she will experience and this will vary from month to month.
One symptom common to many women, is an increase in appetite - food
cravings. There is a strong urge to gobble chocolate, cheese, sweets or
other goodies (usually not fresh veggies and steamed fish!).
Though the exact cause of PMS is unknown, hormonal changes such as estrogen
levels appear to play a part. One report I read, revealed that many environmental
estrogens such as those from toxic fumes, pesticides, pollutants and hormone
fed cows infiltrate our body.
These are often carcinogenic and compete with a woman's natural estrogen,
resulting in estrogen overload. This may impair the woman's ovulation cycle
causing the symptoms mentioned earlier.
There are some simple things you can do to help with your PMS symptoms,
exercise and a healthy diet are chief among them.
Exercise lifts the mood. It reduces stress, tension and anxiety. By
adding in a 30 minute brisk walk or other activity several times a week,
you are ahead of the game! Stretching also helps the muscles relax. Try
to stretch each day in the am and pm.
What you eat is a major factor in how you are going to feel. PMS may
be helped by following the healthy diet of The Path. By eating whole natural
foods you eliminate many of the problems associated with processed goods,
fast foods etc. PMS symptoms tend to appear about 2 weeks before menstruation.
This of course will vary from one individual to the next.
During this time if you cut back on caffeine, alcohol, salt and sugar
you can reduce the discomfort you'll experience. As a follower of the FatFallacy
plan you will most likely be eating smaller portions of these items anyway
and find your symptoms have lessened since following the lifestyle.
If you still have uncomfortable PMS try to cut back a bit more on the
salt and sugar. Up your intake of fresh veggies and lean proteins. Make
sure you eat plenty of carbohydrates – like good grains to keep your serotoinin
At one time women were thought to be unstable when PMS occurred. Thank
goodness science now recognizes that PMS is real and women experiencing
it are not crazy! Eat a healthy diet and exercise to help relieve the symptoms.
And don't forget to eat a little chocolate too. Just make sure you reach
for the high quality bon-bon!
About The Author
Lee Mellott is the webhost for The PATH Weight Loss: www.fatfallacy.com.
She holds a Masters degree in Education from Hood College. Born in England,
she spent most of her childhood in France and Germany. Lee resides with
her husband Rusty and their two daughters Katie and Jessica in Maryland.
You Don't Have To Suffer With PMS
by: Dr. Loretta Lanphier ND, CN, HHP
We now know that premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is experienced by 60% of
all women. What causes PMS has been difficult for researchers to pin down
because each woman experiences symptoms differently.