Often joked about among young guys, when talking about their girlfriends or wives, PMS is no joke but a genuine condition with emotional and physical symptoms that are related to a female's menstrual cycle.
The history of PMS
Mood changes associated with PMS were described as early as the time of the ancient Greeks. But it was only in 1931 that PMS was officially recognized by the medical community, with the term "premenstrual syndrome" being coined 1953. A woman's response to her own cyclical hormones is extremely individual but the emotional and physical symptoms of PMS (or pre-menstrual syndrome or tension) are usually experienced 7 to 10 days before a period and officially disappear when the period starts or sometimes for a few days into menstruation.
The emotional symptoms include
- Mood swings
And the physical symptoms include
- Bloating, abdominal cramps and changes in bowel movements
Acne specifically around the chin and mouth area
- Tenderness in breasts and joints
- Hot flashes
8 tips to help
Of course, changing to a healthy lifestyle with a natural whole food diet plus regular exercise will not only improve your PMS symptoms but your overall quality of health too.
- Exercise is a great way to relieve tension in the abdomen while learning to relax can help to alleviate any stomach cramps. Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes to regulate hormone levels.
- If cramping is severe, take time out to relax while teas like fennel, calendula or peppermint can be taken up to 3 times a day to relieve the discomfort of bloating.
- An old fashioned hot water bottle or the more modern heating pad give comfort for stomach cramps.
- Vitamin E is useful for decreasing breast tenderness so add more of the vitamin to your diet in the form of a supplement if this is a problem.
- Vitamin K aids blood clotting which can slow down heavy bleeding. Herbs such as shepherd's purse, green tea and alfalfa contain this vitamin.
- Parsley helps to ease bloating while other herbs that can help alleviate PMS symptoms are black cohosh, dong quai, cramp bark and wild yam.
- Evening Primrose Oil is another supplement that can help with symptoms of PMS, including mood swings, bloating, and breast tenderness.
- Magnesium at a dosage of 200 to 250 mg per daily are helpful to elevate mood swings and even to reduce PMS migraines.