Crazy mood swings (also known as ovary-acting lolol), intense cramping, severe bloating, extreme fatigue are just normal symptoms of PMS right? Wrong.
Of course – breast tenderness, bloating, cramps and some discomfort before or during menstruation is normal, but it is important to pay attention to the signals our bodies give us and realize when something could be going wrong.
I don’t recommend self-diagnosis, but I encourage you to become more aware and use your menstrual cycle as a tool to become more in tune with your body!
The frequency (or infrequency), the colour, the flow, spotting and the pain of your menstrual cycle are all indicators of the state of your hormonal and metabolic health.
The state of your hormones basically determine the PMS symptoms you will experience.
It is important to know that the adrenal glands play a key role in the production of hormones.
During the follicular phase – a large amount of progesterone is actually produced in the adrenal glands. This means, if a woman’s adrenal glands are not functioning at their best, she will likely have exacerbated premenstrual symptoms. By keeping your cortisol levels in check, you will allow an optimal environment for balance.
Excess estrogen in the body is also a major culprit of severe PMS symptoms.
If you are also someone who experiences chronic yeast infections – it could be due to excess estrogen in the body (excess estrogen basically feeds the yeast by raising vaginal sugar levels around ovulation).
Keeping your insulin levels in check is also important. Chronically elevated levels of insulin trigger aromatase, meaning increased estrogen levels within the body.
It is also important to be aware that early signs of endometriosis are often mistaken as PMS (Estrogen dominance being a major factor in endometriosis).
So what can you do?
Excess estrogen is eliminated with two primary pathways – the liver and the digestive tract, which is why I highly recommend focusing on liver health and improving gut health (digestion and elimination) to allow adequate processing of estrogen within the body.
Eat a balanced diet, avoid food allergens/inflammatory foods and consume more magnesium rich foods (raw cacao being the highest whole food source of magnesium) as these can greatly benefit you whether you are on the birth control pill or are dealing with PMS, infertility, painful periods, or pregnancy!
Magnesium levels fluctuate during a woman’s cycle. Magnesium is necessary in the function of metabolism and breakdown of estrogen.
Magnesium can reduce stress levels and calm your nervous system by regulating cortisol.
Magnesium supports the thyroid (master gland of metabolism) as it is essential for the production of thyroid hormone.
Magnesium taken before bed allows a more restful sleep. I cannot stress how important adequate sleep is to overall health. Without proper sleep, your hormones will NOT be in balance.
A magnesium deficiency can result in irritability, headaches, PMS, insomnia, anxiety, depression, thyroid dysfunction etc.
If you are experiencing symptoms of Estrogen Dominance (irregular or abnormal menstrual periods, intense headaches, severe bloating, extreme fatigue, crazy mood swings), I highly recommend checking out “The Hormone Reboot – Digestive Healing” in the guide section of my website as it focuses on supporting your natural detoxification processes and overcoming Leaky Gut (a leaky gut can dramatically affect your body’s ability to detox excess estrogen).