Premenstrual syndrome is any of the symptoms listed below that develop in a woman 7-14 days prior to the menstrual cycle:

  • Nervousness, anxiety an irritability
  • Mood swings and mild to moderate personality change
  • Fatigue, lethargy and depression
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Diarrhea and/or constipation
  • Change in appetite and sugar cravings
  • Tender and enlarged breasts
  • Uterine cramping
  • Change in libido
  • Headaches and backaches
  • Acne

Premenstrual syndrome may be caused by hormonal imbalances such as estrogen excess, progesterone deficiency, hypothyroidism, chronic stress and adrenal imbalance.    Compromised liver function will contribute to PMS since estrogen is processed by the liver. These hormonal imbalances also affect the neurotransmitters in our brain that affects our mood.  In PMS, low levels of endorphins are found in woman prior to the menstrual cycle, resulting in mood swings and depression.  Exercise is the best prescription for low endorphins and is a natural anti-depressant!

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A vegetarian diet is supportive for a woman with premenstrual syndrome.  One huge advantage of the vegetarian diet is the large amount of fiber.  Fiber helps to remove the by-products of the liver and stop estrogen from re-circulating.  If you are not a vegetarian, consider decreasing the amount of meat in your diet to 4-6 ounces per day, choosing fish and lean meats.

At Vitalia, we teach patients how to change their diets to support their health, often significantly affecting how they feel.  We combine diet and lifestyle advice with customized treatment plans using natural remedies.  Call us today to get started on a plan to jump-start your health!