You’ve been feeling extra moody for a week, your skin is breaking out like crazy, all you can think about are BAD CARBS, you don’t even fit into your fat jeans and your boobs are killing you. Your PMS has never been this bad! So what gives?
If you’re feeling this pain you’re far from alone. An estimated 85% of women suffer from at least one PMS symptom during their monthly cycle. That’s a whole lotta women needlessly suffering!
Dr. Christiane Northrup says this “One of the central outmoded ideas governing our health care system is the notion that the processes of a woman’s body are designed to cause suffering and pain, and that women require a great deal of medical care and testing to stay healthy.”
Is she right? Absolutely! Women’s health care is based on the assumption that these symptoms are an inevitable part of being a woman and that they require medical intervention (with serious medications I might add!) to correct. I highly doubt that nearly 100% of women have a design flaw that requires medical intervention just so they can live a normal life!
Unfortunately though, it seems that most of us have unconsciously accepted it without even a second thought. But it doesn’t have to be this way my little darlings…
What I’m trying to say here is that PMS is the result of an underlying hormonal imbalance that is typically caused by an increase in estrogen levels and a decrease in progesterone levels. The good news is that it is completely treatable without the use of drugs and the better news is that you will feel so damn good you’ll wonder why you thought it was okay to suffer!
I guess you’re probably wondering how a woman’s hormones become unbalanced right? Well, there are a number of ways this can happen but the most common culprit is a crappy diet. Yes, I said it and I know what you’re thinking. But you are what you eat after all!
Here are two easy things you can do to start your hormone-balancing journey:
1. Cut out dairy. Most dairy in the US comes from factory farms, where cows are fed grain, corn and soy. There’s no grass up in those joints. They are also injected with rBST, a hormone that forces the cows to produce more milk. This over stimulation of the cow’s udder causes it to become infected, thus requiring antibiotics. As a result, these added hormones and antibiotics reside in the milk, which interfere with the female hormonal system – most notably changing the way hormones are metabolized and ultimately changing our hormonal levels. This results in cramps, acne, fibroids, endometriosis pain and chronic yeast infections, to name a few!
2. Increase good ol’ fiber! You should get it from vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains. Two tablespoons of ground flax seed a day are also helpful in correcting constipation and balancing hormones. Put them in a smoothie or on salads or food. Here’s the deal: We all know that fiber prevents constipation but what you may not know is that the liver metabolizes excess estrogen and sends it to the gut for elimination. If you’re all backed up, that estrogen gets reabsorbed into your bloodstream and, you guessed it, causes an excess of estrogen in your body.
Of course there are a number of other steps you can take to heal hormonal imbalances but you’ll have to join our FREE Menstruation Madness Webinar on February 15th to learn about all of them! The bottom line is that we’re not all defective and we don’t need medication to control our crazy hormones every month. We are perfectly designed and as long as we show our bodies a little love, they will love us back! 🙂