Your fat pants are now leggings, due to awesome bloating. The “Girls” hurt. Mood swings. You seriously don’t know if you love him or hate all of humanity. Headache. Fatigue, anxiety and depression. Massive consumption of baked goods and delving deep into the bag of Halloween candy…and it’s only September. It must be that time of the month!
Or does it have to be this way…?
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the cyclic recurrence of a group of symptoms that peak 7 to 10 days before menstruation and disappear a few hours after the onset of the menstrual flow. In extreme cases, PMS can interfere with everyday life and relationships.
Scientists are unclear of the exact cause of PMS, although they have found correlations. Some studies show that glutamate levels in the brain spike prior to menstruation, which can cause mood swings and anxiety. Other scientists suspect that low levels of serotonin or beta-endorphin (both neurotransmitters that promote positive moods) may underlie the symptoms of PMS.
Regardless of the exact cause, premenstrual syndrome is easy to cure! What?! Yes!
Hormone levels naturally fluctuate during the menstrual cycle. However, stress, discomfort and anxiety that arise from these changing levels are not. Minor lifestyle adjustments can help reduce symptoms.
But when PMS gets out of control or too uncomfortable to deal with, acupuncture can help! With its balancing effects, acupuncture restores harmony to the hormonal and energy systems of the body, healing the causes of PMS.
The end result? You feel better, your mood improves, your headache goes away and your energy returns. If you suffer any discomfort during menses, such as cramps or nausea, acupuncture will ease these symptoms for you as well.
Acupuncture is also extremely effective at treating menstrual disorders including painful periods, irregular periods, and amenorrhea. Whether it’s easing PMS or alleviating painful cramps, acupuncture is certainly an excellent ally during what can be a challenging part of a woman’s month!
Here’s some other helpful tips that can help you. Balanced nutrition is crucial for overcoming PMS. Certain foods such as alcohol, caffeine (try herbal teas, especially chamomile), cold temperature foods, sugar, salt, and animal fats exacerbate symptoms of PMS and should be avoided. In addition, commercial red meats and poultry, which have a residue of steroids composed of female animal sex hormones, should be eliminated from the diet. It feels like it’s all the things that are wonderful in the world, but there are healthier options that are a better choice. Food necessary for a harmonious menstrual cycle include: plenty of organic vegetables, small amounts of fruit, whole grains, legumes (especially soy), seaweed, small amounts of lean hormone-free meats, and fish (especially salmon, tuna, trout, and mackerel). Stay hydrated and don’t beat yourself up too badly for the Entenmann’s.
Exercise also plays an important role in the treatment of PMS. Thirty to forty-five minutes of cardiovascular exercise at least three times per week improves blood circulation and significantly helps reduce symptoms, and greatly reduces menstrual cramping. Also, the fat pants will become baggy!
PMS? Nutrition, Exercise…Acupuncture!
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