Did you know that 75 percent of women suffer from premenstrual syndrome during “that time of the month”? That means three-fourths of women everywhere are dealing with headaches, lower back pain, mood swings, bloating, and fatigue for 25 percent of their lives.
This can threaten our relationships (guys reading this might be shaking their head..yesss…), productivity, and our overall sense of well-being. Many women just accept this to be a normal byproduct of female hormones, but that is not true and doesn’t have to be the case!
Many things make the imbalance worse like refined sugar and carbohydrates, excessive caffeine and stress, and the added hormones found in low-quality dairy and meat.
We also have estrogen-like toxins from plastic and BPA consumption, pesticides, and pollution.
Alcohol consumption at this time of the month, and in general, can make PMS worse because it has to be processed through the liver and can prevent the liver from excreting excess estrogen.
So, what’s the solution? There are four relatively simple ways to overcome PMS naturally so you can float right through “that time of the month” without feeling poorly.
A number of supplements have been shown to help ease PMS symptoms by improving metabolic function and hormone metabolism. Here are the superstars:
Exercise is very important for balancing hormones. Aim for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise where you reach your target heart rate, 3 to 4 times a week. Also keep up with things like walking, yoga, Pilates, or strength training.
Dealing with stress is critical for all aspects of our health but especially comes into play when talking about hormones and PMS. Take a hot bath at night, get a massage, try yoga, learn deep breathing or meditation. These techniques and others can help balance hormones and cutting down on caffeine, sugar, and refined foods will certainly help with capacity to handle stress because when we aren't eating well, we are less prepared to deal with day-to-day stressors.