PMS symptoms are NOT normal!
PMS is a common condition. So common, in fact, that its symptoms affect more than 90 percent of menstruating women. The medical community may say the cause of PMS is unknown, however, we believe PMS symptoms are caused by an imbalance in hormone levels (particularly sex hormones) and when in balance, can be remedied.
How hormone imbalances contribute to PMS
Estrogen is a key hormone in ovulation and libido and supports many other functions in your body. However, when out of balance, it can trigger weight gain, fluid retention, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, cravings, and more. In addition, since estrogen is stimulatory in nature, when out-of-balance, it can cause female related issues such as heavy periods, fibroids, endometriosis, and even some female cancers.
Progesterone is a natural fat-burner and diuretic. It also soothes mood, nurtures sleep and calms PMS and menopausal symptoms. Progesterone also increases the production of GABA, which helps you feel relaxed.
Changes in hormone levels also influence your neurochemicals, dopamine and serotonin, which help regulate your mood, sleep cycle, and appetite.
Stress can cause PMS
So how do your hormones become imbalanced, increasing your symptoms of PMS? Stress. Your body looks at all stress, whether physical or emotional, as a threat and causes your body to produce cortisol to protect you. Under chronic stress, your body can’t make enough cortisol to meet the demand, and progesterone is stolen and converted into cortisol. When this happens, your body becomes dominant in estrogen, laying the foundation for not only PMS symptoms but other issues related to your weight, mood, sleep, energy, and overall female health.
The symptoms of PMS are usually mild or moderate however, according to the journal American Family Physician, 20-32% of women report moderate to severe symptoms that impact some aspect of life.
The symptoms of PMS include:
- Abdominal bloating and pain
- Breast tenderness
- Food cravings
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Anxiety and more
Relieve symptoms of PMS naturally
At BeBalanced, we know that until you balance your hormones, you will continue to suffer from symptoms associated with PMS and menopause. Our program is centered around correcting these imbalances naturally through a specific combination of stress management, a whole foods diet, natural supplementation, and guided support. Together, we can help you ease PMS naturally without the use of prescriptions or synthetic hormone therapy. We believe you can look and feel your best at any age.