Premenstrual syndrome and its more severe version, premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD, can include a wide range of frustrating symptoms that occur in a cyclical pattern corresponding to your period. And if symptoms aren’t addressed, they often get worse as women approach menopause.
The primary cause for PMS symptoms is hormonal imbalance, but achieving balance means much more than having predictable levels of estrogen and progesterone every month. Our hormones are connected to each other and to other systems in our bodies, making hormonal balance dependent on many systems in the body. Stress can lead to overproduction of the hormone cortisol; high carbohydrate diets can lead to spikes in the hormone insulin; neurotransmitters and specific nutrients can send messages to the brain and body about hormone production and function; and all of these systems affect how we feel.
Here are the most common PMS symptoms women experience:
1. Mood swings & irritability
4. Confusion or fuzzy thinking
7. Changes in sex drive
9. Salt and sugar cravings
10. Alcohol intolerance
13. Abdominal and pelvic cramps
15. Weight gain
17. Menstrual migraines
18. Breast swelling and pain
19. Dizziness & decreased balance
Your body is asking for help!
Because of the web-like nature of our hormone system, the cause for each individual symptom is multi-layered and often difficult to isolate. But most PMS and PMDD symptoms can be connected to any of six major causes, including:
- High estrogen-to-progesterone ratio
- Abnormal neurotransmitter response (in the brain)
- Disrupted salt metabolism (causing bloating)
- Stress (causing high cortisol)
- High carbohydrate diet (causing insulin spikes)
- Nutritional deficiencies (especially calcium and magnesium and vitamins K, B6, and E)
You can get at the root of these issues by changing your diet, taking a high-quality multivitamin/mineral complex, supporting your hormonal balance with herbs, and decreasing the stress load on your body. We’ve made it easy to support your body through the monthly disturbance of PMS and balance your hormones with our PMS Relief Package. This package includes our herbal PMS Solution, Essential Nutrients, an e-Guide with diet and lifestyle recommendations, as well as phone support from women right here in Maine, who can help you get the most from our products. Keep you hormones balanced month after month — and get back to your life!