Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole-grain cereals and breads, beans, peas, lentils, nuts and seeds, and broiled chicken, turkey, and fish. Have high-protein snacks between meals
Make sure your diet includes foods that are high in complex carbohydrates and rich in fiber; these can help the body to get rid of excessive estrogen if high estrogen levels is your problem
Drink 1 quart of quality water daily, starting a week before the menstrual period and ending one week after
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a disorder that affect many women during the one to two weeks before menstruation begins.
Symptoms can include any or all of the following: abdominal bloating, acne, anxiety, backache, breast swelling and tenderness, cramps, depression, food cravings, fainting spells, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, joint pain, nervousness, skin eruptions, water retention, and personality changes such as drastic mood swings, outbursts of anger, violence, and, sometimes, even thoughts of suicide. The symptoms are so numerous and various that diagnosing and treating this condition is often difficult.
As women age, many experience sensations ranging from mild flushing to hot flashes, sweating, palpitations and chest discomfort. Severe symptoms are alarming and may be life altering due to sleep deprivation leading to exhaustion, stress and poor concentration. Daytime symptoms are frequently precipitated by stress, invariably occurring at a critical moment during a speech or closing of a sale.
Symptoms may be caused by a deficiency of progesterone, but more often a lack of estrogen. Estrogen causes cell multiplication (estrogenic effect) which is necessary to avoid shriveling, somewhat like a prune, but in excess may lead to fibrocystic breast disease, uterine fibroids, PMS, and possibly cancer (estrogen dominance).
There has been great confusion in pharmacy, medicine, medical literature and the lay press regarding NHRT. I will attempt to clarify the issues. A hormone is a chemical usually secreted into the blood whose purpose is activation of functions of the endocrine system which, in this discussion, include ovaries, testicles, adrenal and thyroid.
These organs produce hormones necessary for life or maintenance of quality of life. The brain monitors and adjusts levels through a feedback system. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) as practiced for the past thirty-five years claimed the estrogen was anti-aging, prevented heart disease, improved memory, Alzheimer disease, dementias, dryness and various genito-urinary problems.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) refers to a range of symptoms plaguing 75% of women between 15 and 50 years of age. These include crankiness, bloating, back and head aches, weight gain, breast tenderness, fluid retention, fatigue, low libido, depression and irritability commencing around ten days prior to menses. “Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder” (PMDD) is more severe with feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, anxiety, and irrational behavior.
These are symptoms of “estrogen dominance” resulting from abnormal estrogen stimulation which causes excessive cell multiplication. Estrogen dominance is:
The average cycle consists of 28 days broken down into three main stages. During each stage different hormones are responsible for the changes that occur in appearance, mood, and her libido.
The first five to seven days are a woman’s actual period. It can last anywhere from two to six days and the average amount of blood shed is six to eight ounces. Women generally experience cramps during the first few days of their period. Due to the increased levels of prostaglandin some women may also suffer from diarrhea. Is she suddenly craving red meat? Don’t be alarmed, during this time her iron stores may become depleted.
How does it differ from Phytohormones or Phytochemicals?
The most “natural hormone” available is that produced by your own body. When women use hormones for PMS or for perimenopausal or menopausal concerns, they may be synthetic or “natural” hormones.
A synthetic hormone, is biochemically different from your body’s hormones and imitates the actions of a particular hormone. A plant based hormone (which is also synthesized or made usable) is biochemically identical and duplicates the action of the hormone.
Most women think that menopause doesn’t occur until a woman is in her late forties or early to mid fifties. However, many women and I begin to experience menopause or early menopause symptoms before the age of forty. We mistakenly think we’re too young to begin menopause. So we don’t associate the symptoms we’re experiencing are due to early menopause symptoms.
Early menopause symptoms are basically the same as symptoms associated with natural menopause. However, women who experience symptoms of menopause at an early age should consult with a doctor to ensure that the symptoms are actually early menopause symptoms, and not symptoms of something more serious. You should also note that scientists believe that women who experience early menopause tend to feel the symptoms of menopause more intensely than women who experience natural menopause later in life.