Painful menstruation, also known as Dysmenorrhea, is one of the most common women’s problems. It usually starts seven to ten days prior to menstruation and symptoms can include: bloating, acne, anxiety, backache, cramps, depression, fatigue, breast swelling/tendernous, food cravings, headaches, insomnia, water retention and mood swings.
The main reason for PMS is hormonal inbalance, usually excessive levels of Estrogen or inadequate levels of Progesterone but diet, serotonin dysfunction and vitamin or mineral deficiencies can also play an important part. To alleviate symptoms avoid salt, red meats, processed foods, fast foods, dairy, sugar, alcohol and caffeine for at least one week prior to menstruation. Try these top 5 tips to make PMS a distant memory:
Control Diet: Reducing sodium is especially important if you usually suffer from bloating and water retention. Also try eating foods that are high in Phytoestrogens such as flaxseeds, nuts, organic whole grains, apples, alfalfa, parsley and celery. Fiber must also be increased to get rid of excess estrogen.
Try Wild yam cream: which contains a natural form of the hormone progesterone can be rubbed into the skin just after ovulation to alleviate symptoms of PMS.
Try the amino acid L-Glutamine: can be taken prior to menstruation to alleviate and reduce strong food cravings
Drink Dong Quai herbal tea: contains fatty acids, succinic acid, various amino acids, volatile oil and B12. It can be used as a blood builder and circulator and is used in Chinese medicine to regulate female hormone and alleviate cramps.
Try Melatonin spray: can reduce anxiety by affecting neurotransmitters in the brain that are involved in relaxation and sleep. It will help you to fall asleep and stay asleep.