Natural PMDD & PMS Cure
How To Cure PMDD & PMS Naturally
We don’t use the word "cure" lightly when it comes to PMDD and PMS, or indeed any condition, especially any women’s health concern. That’s because sometimes the word cure is used in an overly simplistic fashion. What we mean by cure is this: you can do a tremendous amount to avoid and relieve premenstrual symptoms, up to the point where you may indeed feel you’ve cured your PMDD or PMS.
This cure is entirely do-it-yourself. It doesn’t require medication, though we will point out the potentially important role of herbs, vitamins, and minerals that can make all the difference. You can overcome PMDD and PMS, even after a lifetime of hormonal imbalance and menstrual symptoms. It won’t necessarily happen overnight, but you can do it. In the process, you’ll be making yourself healthier, using natural measures that will also lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.
The PMS Comfort All-Natural DIY PMS & PMDD Relief Plan
We start, of course, with diet. In this article you’ll see links to several diet articles. Believe it or not, they’re all required reading for a real PMS cure. In fact, we’d recommend you read them twice, then bookmark or print them out to refer to later. That’s how important they are, and how essential the right food is to your health, and to natural PMS & PMDD relief.
You Are What You Eat: We’ve all heard this little truism before. And there’s a reason it gets repeated over and over: healthy diet is the key to preventing and relieving PMDD & PMS symptoms, as well as to ensuring your overall health throughout your whole life.
It can be really hard nowadays to figure out what is a healthy diet. Commercials on TV are for junk food and fast food. Many of us were raised eating sugary cereals and convenience snacks and energy bars as if that constituted real, good food. Here at PMS Comfort, we are so convinced that health begins with what you eat, and that the end of PMS & PMDD misery starts with choosing the right foods and avoiding the wrong foods, that we have devoted several sections to explaining exactly, step-by-step, how you can transform your health and your mood, and ensure a long, healthy, happy productive life for yourself (and your family).
- PMS Balance Diet: Here are the basics of what to eat. A plant-based, Mediterranean diet is what science, tradition, and common sense tells us is the healthiest way to eat. Oftentimes, fad diets of movie stars and celebrities get all the attention so that it’s tempting to think there must be some good reason for it. In fact, our PMS Balance Diet is the healthiest overall approach to food and diet.
- What Not To Eat: When you eat right, you will usually feel a slow and gradual improvement in your mood, your energy, and your overall health. When you cut out the bad-for-you "foods," the change in how you feel is often quite sudden and dramatic: within days or a week, you may feel better than you have in ages. Avoiding excesses—or sometimes any—of certain non-food junk or “poisons” is one of the quickest paths to feeling healthy. You’ll recognize many of the usual suspects in our What Not To Eat article, but please take special note of our warning on caffeine and alcohol. For most women with PMDD and PMS, caffeine and the other items listed here are bad news, so that you’d probably be better off avoiding them altogether.
- Hypoglycemia & PMS-PMDD: Blood sugar highs and lows can cause PMS symptoms, or make PMS or PMDD much worse. These hypoglycemic attacks, often marked by feeling faint and shaky if you haven’t eaten in a while, are nearly always caused by improper diet, in combination with genetics, stress, and other factors. Our hypoglycemia diet solves non-diabetic blood sugar problems almost every time, and in the process fixes a lot of mood and fatigue problems. A couple of special notes here: despite what you may have heard, sweets and sugars make hypoglycemia worse, not better; caffeine and alcohol make hypoglycemic episodes much more likely.
- One Woman’s Meat Is Another Woman’s Poison: Not everyone can eat the same foods and have the same reaction. You’ve probably met women who seem to be able to eat whatever they want and never gain an ounce, while you may feel like you gain an inch in your hips or midsection if you so much as look at a brownie. By the same token, for some people, milk and cheese and whole wheat bread are healthy, nutritious foods, even though by now nearly everyone has met someone with a dairy allergy or gluten intolerance. Food allergies and intolerances are real, and can dramatically impact your health. They definitely can cause PMS & PMDD, and discovering and removing food allergens from your diet can cure PMDD & PMS. Our first article on food allergy explains this further; the food allergy test article details exactly how to identify your specific food allergens without expensive, and inaccurate, tests. Please note: every woman with PMDD or PMS should assume she is allergic to caffeine until proven otherwise, in spite of everything you may hear about the health benefits of tea and coffee. Alcohol and sweets are also common problem foods for women with premenstrual symptoms.
Our diet section also includes a seven-day healthy eating menu and an explanation of hormone-healthy foods. A natural cure for PMDD and PMS should begin with food and diet.
Less Stress—"Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff": This is really very simple. The more stress you experience, the worse your premenstrual symptoms will be. This is true whether you have physical PMS symptoms like cramps, bloating, and tender breasts, or more emotional PMDD symptoms like mood swings, extreme anger, and depression.
Sometimes stress comes from outside: it’s been proven, for instance, that minority women who experience discrimination have more PMDD. This makes sense when you consider how stressful it is to always feel that you aren’t being given a fair chance—something many women experience anyway, regardless of their heritage or the color of their skin. External stress, however, is often made worse by your internal reaction to it.
Stress is a major problem for so many in our society, especially women. Self-criticism, negative self-talk, worry and anxiety—while this often seems to comes from inside, the roots of these stress-generating thoughts and feelings often lie in patterns that were created during our childhood. This is especially true for women with anxiety. The way girls and women are raised in our culture; the portrayal of women in the media; and unrealistic expectations of perfection as wives, homemakers, professionals and even as students add to women’s stress levels. And that makes PMDD and PMS much worse.
PMS Comfort’s natural cure for PMDD and PMS considers good stress management as very important. Finding a way to deal with external and internal stressors so that they don’t take such a toll on your physical and mental health, and contribute to causing or aggravating premenstrual symptoms, is a key to feeling great again.
There are myriad ways you can try to lower your stress level. Briefly, here are a few of the most commonly used stress techniques, and most effective ones:
- Counseling, psychotherapy, or pastoral counseling
- Meditation or prayer
- Journaling your feelings
- Practicing self-acceptance
- Practicing letting go of thoughts, especially negative thoughts
- "Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff": don’t get hung up on small problems
- Take inventory of your life (do you feel like a square peg in a round hole?)
- Take care of yourself, not just others
- Give up caffeine (difficult, but worth it)
- Don’t let yourself become hypoglycemic
Get up and move around: Human beings were designed to move around, exercise, and not sit still. Too much sitting around, whether it’s at work, in front of a computer, in a classroom, or in a car is not good for anyone. For one thing, moving around and getting exercise discharges stress—in fact, it’s one of the best ways to prevent stress from building up and affecting our moods. Also, exercise is beneficial in nearly every way it has ever been studied, as long as you don’t overdo it. Maintain your healthy heart? Check. Prevent cancer? Check? Keep your mind sharp and clear well into old age? Check? Keep your bones and muscles fit and healthy? Check. Maintain a healthy metabolism to help your figure? Check.
Prevent and relieve PMDD, PMS, and premenstrual symptoms? Check, yet again. Whether you start with regular 15-20 minute walks in your neighborhood, at the park, or at work, the best thing you can do is to get started. Do it with a friend, and you can motivate each other, since it’s easy to put it off until tomorrow. If you’re interested in a higher level of fitness, you can join a gym (all-women’s gyms are often the best fit) or take up jogging—just don’t overdo it. And, no matter what you choose, try not to sit for more than 30 minutes at a time. Take a break, stretch, do a brisk 30 second walk – anything to keep from being sedentary and just sitting still.
Exercise, and moving your body, is a "no brainer." Nearly everyone can find some way to do it, and by using your body the way it was meant, you will contribute to your own personal PMDD and PMS cure.
Go To Sleep: Don’t skimp on shuteye. So many women lead such busy schedules nowadays that they forget to make time for one of the most important healthcare investments of all: 7-9 hours per night of high quality restful sleep. Just as we were designed to be physically active by moving around and getting exercise, we were also meant to sleep in completely dark environments without electric lights (for instance, from clock radios, DVD players, streetlights, and other light sources) and to rest in addition to being active. Too many of us instead don’t get enough exercise or enough rest, and sleep in rooms that are literally glowing with electric light sources.
Lack of sleep is a recipe for being overwhelmed by stress, and for a brain that isn’t fully "on." That, of course, leads to more PMS and PMDD symptoms. Of course, for many women better sleep isn’t simply a matter of wishing or hoping—there certainly are intractable cases of insomnia, so we don’t mean to suggest that getting more sleep is a simple matter of choice if you have this condition. But to the degree you can prioritize sleep and rest, it is definitely in your best interest.
PMS & PMDD Herbs & Nutrients: No herb, vitamin, mineral, or natural pill cures PMS. But the Do It Yourself approach to a natural cure for PMDD and PMS don’t always work perfectly. That’s why we think combining the DIY aspects of PMS and PMDD relief with the right combination of time-tested, scientific natural products offers the best chance of success. Many women, using the herb and nutrient approach below, have found relief from the PMS & PMDD symptoms that were troubling them.
PMS & PMDD Herbal Remedies: We created PMS Comfort Herbal based on the proven benefit of the herb Vitex chastetree, plus a combination of other important women’s herbs and vitamin B6. Holistic doctors and herbalists have used these herbs successfully with thousands of women. One other herbal remedy, not available from PMS Comfort, which has a good record of success in PMDD and PMS is St. John’s Wort, the well-known herb that has been used successfully for depression and anxiety.
PMS & PMDD Vitamins & Minerals: Many different nutrients have been suggested and researched for PMS and PMDD. There is good evidence to support the use of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin B6 supplements for the relief of PMS and PMDD symptoms. Of course, getting enough of these important nutrients in your food and diet is important, too, but for most women supplements are a better choice, as they’ve actually been proven to work, and it is hard to get adequate amounts from diet alone. The correct amount of calcium is 1000 milligrams per day; of magnesium, 400-600 milligrams per day; and of vitamin B6, 50-85 milligrams per day.
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Principal Author: Daniel J. Heller, N.D.
Last Modified: April 3, 2014