What is PMS And Why Your Symptoms Are NOT Normal!

 DID YOU KNOW........................................................................................

3 out of 4 women between the ages of 20-40 experience PMS symptoms? 

 

WHAT IS PMS EXACTLY?

 

To put it frankly, premenstrual symptoms are symptoms of UNDERLYING health issues. Yes you heard that correctly.  They are not NORMAL symptoms of having your period as we have been taught for generations. 

So all of that time you have missed from work, where it felt like your ovaries were going to fall out of your body...... Yes, THOSE symptoms, CAN. BE. CURED!  

Now I'm sure there will be many people who read this and call bullshit.  Funny how beliefs work hmm?  We have been taught for the majority of our young female adolescent life and female adult life that it is normal to feel like our ovaries are going to fall out of our bodies.  That those debilitating cramps, are normal. That when we break down into tears or rage that " we are just being hormonal."  

Well I don't know about you, but Im fucking tired of feeling like Im not in control of my body.  I am tired of lashing out at the people I care about because of my damn hormones.  I am tired of breaking down into tears over literally, spilled milk.  

We are trying to prove ourselves as trades people and yet our symptoms are running our state of mind, our emotions and our bodies..  The really fucked up part about it all, is that doctors were telling us its NORMAL!!!!! Giving us prescriptions like BIRTH CONTROL to deal with our imbalances.  With new research coming out about how birth control changes our DNA,  you can fucking guarantee that I will NOT be taking birth control to manage my hormones..... 

(If you want more information on this, check out this episode on "BulletProof Radio with Dave Asprey")

 

WHAT IS CAUSING ALL OF THESE SYMPTOMS?

There are a number of reasons why we are experiencing these symptoms.. Some of the major ones are STRESS and DIET!  BIG SURPRISE!!!! Here are some other areas that you should look at and start to consider if you want to get a grasp on your PMS. 

 

1)UNSTABLE BLOOD SUGAR CAUSES:

  • Dizziness, lightheadedness and feeling shaky
  • Emotional swings
  • Impatience, agitation and anger
  • Uncontrollable sugar cravings 

  So if you have random cravings and experience insane mood swings then its time to look at your sugar intake!!!!  Start looking at how often you are eating, how much protein you are eating and try to reduce your intake of refined carbohydrates and sugary foods. 

 

 

 

 

2)HIGH STRESS LIFESTYLES CAUSES:

  • Poor response to stressful situation
  • Feeling on-edge, overwhelmed or out of control
  • Anxiety or depression

Truly digging deep into what stress is and what it feels like in your body is of UTMOST importance here.   I recently learned from my amazing naturopath that even though I feel great and am passionate and driven and excited about my new path in life that it actually converts to stress.   So for the longest time, I always associated stress with bad feelings or negative experiences. Well now we have to pay attention to our DRIVE and PASSIONS.  

SO, when you are stressed, your body releases a hormone called "Cortisol" Cortisol is our fight or flight champion.  When it comes to survival this is the guy you want working on your side.   Cortisol is also connected to the endocrine feedback loop in your brain so it can disrupt the way your ovaries make hormones. That’s why more stress often equals more premenstrual symptoms.

I guess its time to start doing that meditation thing everyone talks about hmmm? 

 

3) LACK OF NUTRIENTS

  • Poor sleep
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle cramps
  • Aches and pains
  • Cravings for chocolate

Women who experience PMS symptoms may not be getting enough of specific nutrients: calcium, magnesium, and vitamins K, B Complex , and E, Iron,  Omega-3s.  So pay attention to your diet and if you know you aren't getting enough of these vitamins and minerals I highly suggest adding  LIQUID vitamin/minerals to your daily regiment. Liquid form of vitamins digest easily and are readily used by your body as soon as they are absorbed. 

If you feel like you aren't too sure what is going on as far as your PMS symptoms there is an amazing quiz you can take below :) 

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