Don't Have to Suffer With PMS
by Dr. Loretta Lanphier, ND, CN, HHP
We now know that premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
is experienced by 60% of all women. What causes PMS
has been difficult for researchers to pin down because
each woman experiences symptoms differently.
When making the diagnosis, the most important tool you can use is a chart
of the cyclic nature in which they occur. If nothing is done to interrupt
PMS, it often gets worse over time. You may begin by having symptoms just
a few days before your period that stop abruptly as soon as your period begins.
Later, the symptoms gradually begin to appear one to two weeks before the
onset of menses. Over time, you may have only two or three days of the month
that are symptom-free. Eventually no discernable pattern of good days and
bad days can be detected. You feel as if you have PMS all of the time.
There are general symptoms that have been determined that include:
proneness, coordination difficulties
irritability, suicidal thoughts
withdrawal from others, emotional
of preexisting conditions
(lupus, arthritis, ulcers,
binges, salt cravings, sweet
confuse PMS with cramps occurring
at the beginning of your period,
which is a different condition.
You don’t have to suffer. By keeping a chart of your symptoms, you can
often begin to see a pattern emerge and predict when the symptoms will start.
Keeping a daily symptom journal can be a valuable tool when trying to
uncover your premenstrual symptom triggers and the issues associated with them.
Many events and other factors can contribute to or trigger your PMS by resulting
in hormonal changes in the body, including:
birth control pills
or termination of pregnancy
light associated with autumn
history of alcoholism; parent
or grandparent who is an
consumption of dairy products
consumption of caffeine (soft
drinks, coffee, chocolate)
blood levels of estrogen
blood levels of progesterone,
either due to lack of production
or excessive breakdown
that leads to increased levels
of the hormone prostaglandin
body weight which can increase
you levels of estrogen
levels of vitamins B, C and/or
deficiency causing chocolate
Many of the factors in this list you can control. For years allopathic (traditional)
medicine has given symptomatic treatments for PMS that do not work. Most physicians
do not know the latest research on hormone balancing. Some never had any training
in PMS. Treating a woman’s bloating with diuretics, headaches with painkillers,
and anxiety with Valium ignores the underlying imbalance that led to PMS. Many
of the treatments prescribed often have side effects. Psychotherapy can provide
insight about stress, but this bypasses the nutritional and biochemical aspects
of this disorder.
Don’t give up! There are answers that can help
you heal your PMS:
a diet of fresh, in-season,
organic fruits and vegetables.
your dietary needs eliminating
caffeine, sugar, dairy and
good organic multivitamin mineral
participating in a 12-step
program if alcoholism runs
in your family.
at least 20 minute of aerobic
exercise five times per week.
more natural or full-spectrum
hormone levels and apply natural
more suggestions go to www.menopause-pms-progesterone.org.
At the Oasis Advanced Wellness hormonal levels can be tested
with a simple and inexpensive saliva test performed in the privacy of your
own home. With these results and your symptom journal, I can determine your
need for natural hormone replacement therapy (HRT). One product that is safe
and non-toxic is natural progesterone. It helps to balance the effects of estrogen,
and has a calming effect on the nervous system. The use of natural progesterone
in combination with lifestyle changes often improves PMS symptoms. By reviewing
your symptoms, I can evaluate your diet and exercise program, prescribe a treatment,
and then monitor your progress.
You can find out more about the solutions in my e-Book, Balancing
Your Hormones Without Drugs…You Can Feel Good Again.
Lanphier, ND, CN, HHP is a Doctor
of Naturopath, Clinical Nutritionist
and Holistic Health Practitioner
in the Houston, TX area and CEO/President
of Oasis Advanced Wellness. A
teacher, educator and author,
she counsels Oasis Advanced Wellness
clients on the aspects of getting
the body healthy and keeping
the body healthy. As a cancer
survivor, she is able to relate
extensively, both as a patient
and a practitioner, to clients
suffering from disease. Dr. Lanphier
has been privileged to share
her cancer survival story with
hundreds of people during seminars
and lectures. Her passionate
style of truth and straight-forwardnessin
an easy-to-understand format
is very refreshing to even the
most discerning of audiences.
Dr. Lanphier is the author of
two books and many articles on
health conditions written from
a natural/alternative medicine
viewpoint. Dr. Lanphier is dedicated
to helping people create lasting
changes in their health and enhancing
well-being through whole body
nutritional balancing including
physician strength supplementation.
Dr. Lanphier is Editor and contributor
to the worldwide newsletter Alternative
Health & Healing.
to Menopause & PMS Tips Newsletter
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