How to conquer PMS
PMS, premenstrual syndrome, is quite common amongst women of reproductive age. It is common, but this does not mean its NORMAL. PMS is not normal. Feeling out of sorts for 1-2 weeks of the month is not acceptable. Accepting this fact is step one to overcoming the discomforts of the condition.
Symptoms of PMS
Symptoms include, but are not limited to
1) Stick to a consistent sleep schedule, going to bed and waking at the same time. This can help with mood swings.
2) Reduce/eliminate refined sugars, salt and caffeine.
3) Increase your intake of omega fatty acids, via fish and/or supplementation.
4) Increase your intake of fibre via leafy green vegetables, fruits and seeds. Fibre helps the body to excrete excess estrogen, reducing PMS symptoms.
5) Eat more magnesium! Magnesium can help with cramping and insomnia. Good food sources are pumpkin seeds, leafy greens and nuts.
6) Exercise consistently. This helps the body eliminate via sweat. If you cannot go as hard that is ok, the endorphin release you get from exercise can help combat mood swings.
7) Try a castor oil pack. Castor oil helps with the elimination of excess hormones (particularly estrogen). Do the castor oil packs 3 times a week, except when you are menstruating.
8) Herbs! There are many herbs that either help decrease estrogen and/or increase progesterone, making PMS a thing of the past. Speak to your Naturopathic Doctor to find the right combination of herbs for you.
9) Acupuncture. Acupuncture has been shown to help balance the hormones, regulate the menstrual cycle, help relieve the pain of cramps and reduce anxiety.
Most importantly, know that this is not something you have to suffer from.
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Both Dr Amelia Croll, ND and Physiotherapist David Munro offer Acupuncture services at LSWC.