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Pre Menstrual Syndrome

Pre Menstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual Syndrome can be utterly overwhelming and have a huge negative impact on your life. Some months utterly flooring you and others you sail through. Your mood, relationships with significant others, your body can all dramatically change leading you to wonder what you can to improve your PMS (PMT) symptoms as you are at your wits end.

I understand I have been there and soon realised how important it is to get the diet right to help with this monthly occurrence.

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, sugar handling issues, poor dietary choices and low adrenal and thyroid function can all result in irritability, fatigue, depression and sugar cravings before your monthly period.

The following symptoms have all been associated with PMS. This is not an exhaustive list and one deeply personal to you as we all suffer from different symptoms 

  • Headache
  • Feeling bloated
  • Weight gain
  • Breast tenderness
  • Back or lower abdominal pain
  • Irritability or aggression
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Mild or severe mood swings
  • Tiredness
  • Poor concentration, poor memory and confusion
  • Nervous tension
  • Violent feelings or behaviour
  • Crying spells
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness and fainting
  • Palpitations and fluid retention 

What causes PMS?

There are no known specific causes for PMS (PMT) however some factors, including lifestyle and diet do seem to have a strong influence such as:

  • Hormone imbalance (oestrogen/progesterone)
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • A diet high in saturated fat
  • Low fibre diet
  • Under active thyroid gland -hypothyroidism
  • High stress
  • High stimulant consumption e.g caffeine, fizzy drinks
  • Low exercise
  • Blood sugar imbalance
  • Compromised liver function
  • Poor absorption of nutrients

 My role is to help identify and then address the underlying root causes for your symptoms and working with you (as it has to fit into your life otherwise you will never adopt the changes) devise and an appropriate nutrition plan. I would consider (if appropriate) addressing the following:

  • Any hormone imbalance
  • Good blood sugar imbalance
  • Improve overall nutrient status
  • Liver function and suggest improvements
  • Ensure the adrenals are functioning properly. Look at managing stress levels, so not to overwhelm them.
  • Support the thyroid if needed. 
  • Consider weight management

If necessary look at any hormonal testing to look at any hormonal imbalances. 

Any dietary suggestions will be supported by recipes, meal ideas and will be apdapted to your lifestyle. 

PMS shouldn’t rule our lives. We all deserve good health and a happy monthly cycle. 

Do contact me if you would like to find out how I can support you. 

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