You’ve seen that cranky, crazy, above-all-else hungry female character represented in TV shows and movies for decades.
But What the Heck Is PMS Anyway?
PMS doesn’t necessarily happen right before your period even though it stands for pre-menstrual syndrome. The symptoms can hit anytime between menstruation and ovulation, during your luteal phase, the second part of your monthly cycle. During this time, you and many women may experience everything from ravenous hunger and bloating to anxiety and acne.
But, PMS is not normal. It doesn’t mean, in no way that you are not normal for having it. It means you’re undergoing a hormonal imbalance that’s triggering this monthly flood of symptoms, same as many other women around you. Usually, this imbalance is caused by low progesterone, too much estrogen, and key micronutrient deficiencies, and it causes your brain and body to go on a completely unpleasant rollercoaster ride every month.
What Do I Do About It?
Forget the potions and pills. They are not effective enough to fight what is going on in your system when your diet has left your hormones off-balance. Another proof that there is no magic bullet is that many women who take birth control pills even though they are on the synthetic hormones that suppose to cure-all still struggle with PMS.
Simply by adjusting your diet you can take control of your PMS symptoms. Changing up some of what you drink and eat during this time will help your hormones to rebalance and make the monthly transition easy, smooth, and maybe even symptomless. The most important thing you must know is that eating these things not only helps relieve symptoms in the short term but over time, these foods can put a permanent end to your PMS.
I repeat: If you eat to balance your hormones you do not ever have to have PMS.
If PMS is making you unhappy or uncomfortable, try for the next three months to add these five hormone-healthy foods and see how much better you feel:
Get a healthy dose of vitamin A and say goodbye to sugar cravings. Vitamin A is a very important nutrient that helps your liver to break down the excess estrogen, keeps blood sugar stable, and balances your mood.
Kale and all of its cousins from the brassica family contain indole-3 carbinol which is a powerful hormone balancer. This compound promotes metabolism of estrogen, which will help prevent estrogen dominance and eliminate excess estrogen.
Try a probiotic-rich coconut alternative of ice cream aisle that’s full of healthy fats and live cultures— it will help you combat cravings and stabilize your mood.
Bone broth is filled with magnesium and calcium which are two electrolytes that help prevent the migraines and headaches that many times go with PMS, and since cold-pressed juice, this is the hottest food trend.
These versatile, delicious beans are high in vitamin B6. It is a vitamin that is a very important player in progesterone production. Not only will low progesterone induce period and stress problems, but low B6 can make the estrogen dominance worse. Regular eating of chickpeas can help you to treat those problems.