It’s the most dreaded time of the month: your monthly cycle. If you are one of the many women who feel tired, bloated, and irritable in the days leading up to it, you most likely suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS).    Many women believe that PMS is simply a fact of life, something they are forced to deal with. However, there are ways to prevent and relieve PMS symptoms.

PMS can be described as physical and psychological symptoms occurring post ovulation (after day 14) of the menstrual cycle.  Symptoms may include the following:

› Depression
› Anxiety
› Irritability
› Insomnia
› Water retention
› Breast swelling and cyst formation
› Carbohydrate cravings
› Headaches
› Fatigue
› Abdominal cramping

Potential causes of PMS include:

› Poor diet
› Nutritional deficiencies
› Hormonal imbalance (low progesterone, estrogen dominance, declining ovarian function, hypothyroidism)
› Neurotransmitter imbalances

What is the natural solution? The root cause of your symptoms must be addressed; start by following these three steps:  1)  clean up your diet, 2) consider supplementing your diet with vitamins and minerals, and 3) bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.  

With the right diet, vitamin and mineral supplementation, hormonal balance and exercise, PMS symptoms can be a thing of the past.