PMS: Common But NOT Normal

PMS: Common But NOT Normal

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has been deemed 'normal' by society as the dysfunctions associated with it are so common among menstruating females. However, PMS being physiologically normal for a healthy female is not the case. Optimal hormonal health will not present with symptoms of PMS. So how do you differentiate what is ‘normal’ from what is ‘common’?

Common symptoms of PMS

What’s normal and what’s not? Do you experience the following symptoms just before or during your menses? While they may be common, they’re definitely not normal.

  • Irritability, anxiety, depression, anger
  • Mood swings, tearfulness or tension
  • Restlessness, confusion or lack of concentration
  • Loneliness or decreased self-esteem
  • Bloating or fluid retention
  • Food cravings and overeating
  • Headaches, nausea, insomnia, fatigue, or dizziness
  • Breast discomfort or pelvic discomfort
  • Back pain, abdominal pain, muscle/joint pain
  • Change in bowel habits

Pathophysiology of PMS

The classification of PMS is the somatic and psychological symptoms during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. Cyclically, this is seen from 7-14 days prior to menstruation (luteal phase) and typically disappear at the commencement of menstruation or after the full flow of menses.

There are numerous theories regarding the pathophysiology of PMS; however, no definitive aetiologies have been established as a dominant cause. The aetiology of PMS is the consequence of complex and poorly understood interactions between ovarian hormones, endogenous opioid peptides, neurotransmitters and prostaglandins and the circadian, peripheral, autonomic and endocrine systems. Individual biological, genetic, psychological and sociocultural factors may also play a role in the severity of symptoms.

How to overcome PMS

  1. Encourage the healthy function of our endocrine system via the HPA axis. This major control centre of the brain can be optimised through supplementation of Happy Hormones.

  2. Improve liver and gastrointestinal health so the body can efficiently metabolise and excrete excess hormones. That way, excess hormones are not recirculated in the body. This also means saying adios to refined sugar. Sugar disrupts the microbiome within the gastrointestinal tract and creates an added burden on the liver. Minimising sugar in your diet decreases toxic load and allows the gut to heal. For further support in excess hormone excretion, look no further than our Happy Greens liquid formula.

  3. Nourish your body with a healthy and nutritious plant-based diet to create an internal environment that supports hormonal balance. Our 8-Week Program is the perfect way to jumpstart proper nutrition. Food as medicine is one of the most valuable tools we can use.

  4. Avoid or lessen stress as it contributes to endocrine disturbances. Meditation is a beautiful technique to implement every day if you need to de-stress. Also, a support network consisting of friends, family, partners or groups will come in handy during times of stress.

  5. Exercise daily. Even if it’s just a nice walk with a friend, keeping active and following an exercise regime have been shown to decrease stress levels, relieve menstrual cramps and headaches, reduce PMS, and improve overall wellness.

Listen, nurture and love - you're worth it and PMS isn't.

Above all, don't forget to give yourself some self-love! Listen to your body. Understand that when you present with symptoms, it’s your body telling you that something isn’t quite right whether it be physical, emotional or psychological.

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