Dr. Guy Abraham, M.D., a research gynecologist and endocrinologist, identified 4 types of PMS. Identify which type you are to find the best treatment that works for you.
Check out the page on premenstrual syndrome for other helpful suggestions and know that the most important thing you can do to alleviate PMS symptoms is to follow a healthy diet.
This type is marked by nervous tension and being hypersensitive. In Chinese Medicine the liver is the organ that is associated with anger, so it is important to make sure that the liver is not overworking. This can be caused by fried foods or cooked fats, too much dairy or over-consumption of alcohol.
With PMS A estrogen levels are too high and there are insufficient levels of progesterone. Eat plenty of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and brussel sprouts, these help metabolize estrogen.
Many of my clients tell me that a few days before their period, they consume enormous chocolate bars, massive amounts of sugar and always end up gaining weight during this time. Cravings for carbohydrates can also be accompanied by fatigue, head aches, dizziness, problems with hypoglycemia, regulating sugar levels and heart palpitations.
The most important thing to do when you crave sweets is to increase protein in your diet. And of course decrease sweets! The more sugar you consume the more you crave it. Also avoid processed foods and alcohol.
Many women suffer from abdominal bloating and breast tenderness before their periods. It is important to reduce or eliminate salt and all foods containing it, cheese, cold cuts and coffee. Eat potassium-rich foods such as bananas, fresh fruits and vegetables.
This can be accompanied by insomnia, confusion, forgetfulness, high blood pressure and problems with eyesight. Cycles are very light.
Progesterone levels are higher than estrogen levels.
You must absolutely avoid sugar and anything containing it. Also avoid red meat, cold cuts, salt, cheese and alcohol. Eat potassium rich foods such as bananas, fresh fruits and vegetables. Consult with your doctor or naturopath if symptoms persist.
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