For many women, the two weeks before menstruation are especially trying. This condition is commonly referred to as premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. Hormone fluctuations, insomnia, anxiety, food cravings, bloating, and a lack of motivation are a common occurrence.
Add to that the usual stresses of an overly-busy lifestyle, and it’s no wonder more and more women are becoming fed-up with over-the-counter and prescription drugs to deal with their symptoms.
If you struggle with mental fog, sadness, and irritability in the weeks before your period, know that you are not alone, and you’re not destined to endure this discomfort until menopause. Read below to find out steps you can take TODAY!
What is PMS?
PMS occurs during the premenstrual period in the weeks before menstruation begins. Hormone shifts, changes in brain chemistry, and a stressful lifestyle are all contributing factors. Depression during PMS can be similar to clinical depression (also known as major depression), but differs in that it only occurs during this part of the menstrual cycle. Symptoms of PMS include the following:
- Breast Tenderness
- Stomach Upset
- Back Pain
- Change in Appetite
- Pain in Joints
- Mental Fog
- Mood Swings
When Depression is More Than a Symptom
If feelings of hopelessness and sadness are part of your monthly routine, you don’t have to live this way! Depression occurs for many reasons, and hormonal shifts in the luteal phase (also known as the premenstrual period) can trigger this condition for many women.
The female hormone Estrogen is largely to blame, as it rises and drops off at various periods throughout the month. During the luteal phase, estrogen bottoms out, causing many women to experience extreme mood swings, carbohydrate cravings, and a downward shift in serotonin levels, which many associate with depression.
If you have days where you don’t want to get out of bed in the morning, depression has become more than a symptom for you; it has taken control of your life. The good news is that there is hope!
Balancing Your Hormones
Addressing PMS and other mood disorders begins with a thorough examination of your health and lifestyle. Many of the “healthy” foods we eat and habits we maintain are adding to this imbalance. Functional medicine seeks to uncover the underlying cause and provide you with a new set of tools to achieve optimal health.
There are many tests available to determine what may be causing your discomfort, including the DUTCH hormone test, a comprehensive panel that measures hormone levels. Our office will recommend the right testing for you so that we can get to the bottom of your most pressing health concerns, including the symptoms of PMS.
Choosing the Right Support
Both diet and supplements play a huge role in your heath as well. We will help you determine which foods are helping, and which may be causing discomfort in your body. As your hormones shift and cravings take over, it is important to have a plan in place. Do your shopping beforehand to ensure that the foods you eat are supporting your health, stabilizing your blood sugar, and helping to banish bloating.
The right supplements are an integral part of achieving your ultimate health. Choosing supplements can be intimidating, especially with the range in price and quality. We will help you determine which ones are essential for you, and find the highest quality options for your price range.
There is not one magic pill that is a cure-all, but with our advanced diagnostic techniques, we can determine the cause of your uncomfortable symptoms and take steps toward giving your body what it really needs. By eliminating the guesswork, you save loads of time and money trying to stumble upon the right combination of support and begin uncovering tools that will help you thrive immediately.
Living the Fullest Life
If you’re one of the many women who has struggled for weeks out of each year with the discomfort of PMS, treat yourself to better health by uncovering the cause of your discomfort. Choose foods and supplements that support a healthy hormone balance. Follow these steps to take charge of your health once again in order to live the fullest life.
- Eliminate the guesswork by choosing the RIGHT TESTS for you. The right tests uncover the shifts in your hormones, imbalances in your gut health, and nutrient deficiencies in your diet.
- Choose the best SUPPORT with nutrition and supplements tailored to your health needs. Using your unique test results, we can help you discover the underlying deficiencies that are adding to your monthly discomfort, and recommend a diet that will support your health goals. We will recommend supplements that will give you more energy, reduce bloating, and help balance your hormones in order to banish feelings of depression and anxiety.
- Make it at LIFESTYLE. Once you realize how much better you feel when you support your body in this way, it’s nearly impossible to turn back. Approach these new habits as a complete shift in lifestyle, rather than a quick way to shed pounds or feel better. Not only will you live without the sadness and discomfort of PMS, but you’ll enjoy robust health all month long!
If you’re tired of having to tiptoe around your changing hormones, schedule a FREE CONSULTATION today!
Rich Jacobs is a Board Certified Integrative and Functional Nutrition Practitioner who specializes in resolving gut, insomnia, low libido, fatigue and fat issues. He uses a holistic approach and functional lab work to identify root causes such as hormone imbalances or gut pathogens that could be impacting your health.