Every woman on earth experiences menstruation once a month, from approximately their early teens until they’re approaching 50 years of age. During that period of time, the majority of those women won’t exactly be enthused as their period approaches. Not because they’re upset about the bodily function itself – after all, it’s part of the life and reproductive process, and that’s a beautiful thing – but because of the detrimental physiological and mental symptoms that come along with it.
Of course, those symptoms we are describing here are known far and wide as PMS, premenstrual syndrome, and they include bloating, swelling , soreness and the one that’s most decried by husbands, boyfriends, children, and family members alike – extreme irritability and moodiness!
All of these are perfectly natural occurrences, and in truth women (and their families) have been dealing with them since the beginning of humanity quite likely. Here and now though, we’re fortunate that there are natural ways to lessen PMS symptoms.
Estrogen – The Can’t Live With It / Can’t Live Without It Hormone
Sure, that’s perhaps a bit of a grandiose title, but for some women they’ll agree that once a month the second part of it is likely quite true in an associated kind of way. Estrogen is of course the primary hormone that defines us as women, and it’s the catalyst behind all of the good – and bad – that are related to your period.
So, to put it plainly, if you’re hoping to be entirely womanly as well as bear children then you wouldn’t to lower your estrogen levels or limit their effectiveness even if you could. However, what you can do is be proactive in dictating just how estrogen works in your body.
So let’s get down to discussing natural approaches to reducing PMS
- Eat an avocado every day
The optimally nutritious fat, fiber, magnesium, and potassium in avocadoes can naturally balance hormones, including estrogen
- Eat plenty of fiber
An intake in the vicinity of 30 grams per day can limit disturbances to the intestinal tract, which can promote more severe PMS symptoms via a complex biological process (which doesn’t need to be discussed here – just trust us, eat more fiber!)
- Eat more green leafy vegetables
This tip is directly related to the pain and discomfort of menstrual cramps that we all experience. The abundant levels of calcium and magnesium in green leafy vegetables works to lessen these symptoms in a very pronounced way
Alright, enough with what you should eat. Here’s what you should take.
- Vitex / Chasteberry supplement
Vitex / Chasteberry is very effective for correcting the balance between estrogen and progesterone.
- Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 maximizes the effectiveness with which your body metabolizes estrogen, and when it is not metabolized effectively it enhances ALL of the negative symptoms associated with PMS.
Like B6, magnesium is involved in the metabolism of estrogen and can help relieve cramping.
As is often the case these days, reputable supplement manufacturers have taken an array of beneficial vitamins, nutrients, and other constituents and consolidated them all into one smartly-designed supplement that is supremely effective for addressing a specific health issue or concern.
A relevant example here and for the concern of severe PMS symptoms is the Estrosmart line of products from Lorna Vanderhaege, a renowned nutritionist, biochemist and women’s health educator whose women’s health and wellness products are extremely popular in North America.
EstroSmart helps to maintain a healthy estrogen to progesterone balance by incorporating all of the nutrients listed above, along with select others (indole-3-carbinol, aka 13C, most notably) to significantly reduce the debilitating conditions that come with PMS. Estrosmart Plus provides the same benefits, but is formulated to address certain issues like mood swings and regulating ovulation-cycle irregularities. Like other wide-reaching estrogen regulating and PMS symptom supplements, it can also promote better liver health, and that’s a nice bonus too.
You’re not going to get a reprieve from PMS until Mother Nature decides you’ve done your time, and so with that understanding all you can do is make smart, all-natural choices to limit how disruptive it is for your life and – as is quite commonly the case – the lives of those near to you!
Armed with knowledge, it’s definitely something you can do.