In spite of how many people scoff about it, hormones play a mighty role in our lives and bodies. Many women struggle with pain and symptoms caused by hormones, particularly through PMDD, and PMS cramps. PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, has a huge mess of symptoms. These typically kick up just before your cycle begins, and may continue well into your cycle. For some women, these symptoms continue well past their cycle.
The most common symptoms include:
- Breast tenderness
These start before menses, and subside as the period begins, though abdominal cramps happen around then.
Factors of PMS
Your symptoms depend on a ton of different factors, including your health, genetics, the medications you’re taking, however, hormone levels are the main controlling factor. Balancing your hormones is the ideal way to reduce these symptoms. Over the course of a month, your hormone levels are changing and interacting with chemicals.
When all the hormones and chemicals are balanced, they work correctly and typically there are significantly fewer symptoms. Certain changes, such as to your diet or supplements, can greatly affect the hormone levels, allowing you to balance them.
Start making eliminations and reductions in your diet. Humans shouldn’t be eating the polyunsaturated Omega-6 fatty acids in large amounts. Polyunsaturated fats are easily oxidized, causing cell damage and inflammation. The human body is 97% saturated and monounsaturated fats and 3% polyunsaturated fats. 1.5% of that 3% is Omega-6 fats, and 1.5% is Omega-3 fats. Giving your body the ratios it requires allows your body to rebuild cells, produce hormones and create as it needs to.
Avoid the chemicals that are present in the pesticides, processed foods, house cleaners, plastic, mattresses and other items. These chemicals can mimic hormones, preventing the body from producing hormones. Avoid non-stick and Teflon pans, as well as heating food in plastic. Aim to use organic foods, and avoid chemical cleaners.
Eating the right fats from organic meats, tallow, coconut oil, ghee and other items will improve hormone production in the body. ¼ a cup of coconut oil per day can really give you that boost if you need it. Don’t eat many inflammatory foods, such as grains and vegetable oils. Inflammation can worsen hormonal problems.
Supplements are a great way to take care of your body when you can’t give it the extra vitamins and minerals it needs.
Maca, for example, has been used for some time to improve hormone balance. Women experienced less PMS, better skin and fertility rates. Men, on the other hand, slept better and produced more sperm. You can get it in powder form or capsule.
Magnesium supports the body in many ways, including hormones. It improves your sleep and can be applied topically for those who can’t drink or eat it. Red raspberry leaf is an herb that reduces cramps, PMS and other symptoms. It is packed with nutrients like calcium, and can greatly boost your fertility.
Don’t forget to exercise and get sufficient rest and sleep!