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Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the brunt of many terrible jokes, yet this syndrome can be devastating to the sufferer and her family. The symptoms of PMS affect between 50 percent and 70 percent of women, leading to the mistaken belief that it is normal. Symptoms can occur at different times and at different intensities throughout the cycle, but typically appear seven to fourteen days before menstruation. I am continually amazed at how many women think that PMS and terrible periods are an inevitable part of being female, even though PMS is not normal.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PMS range from swollen and tender breasts, altered sex drive and uterine cramps to bloating, constipation and diarrhea, with a change in appetite and cravings for carbohydrates and other foods. Other symptoms include backaches, water retention, fatigue and insomnia, heart palpitations, dizziness, headaches and migraines, skin problems, herpes and other signs of reduced immunity. Most people associate PMS with moodiness, anxiety, irritability or depression. One of the hallmark symptoms is angry outbursts that are difficult for the sufferer to control, hence PMS’s’ categorization as a psychiatric condition or hysteria.

Causes

PMS is linked to liver and bowel congestion, poor diet and lack of exercise. Hormonal imbalances are also a factor and may involve estrogen excess; an excess or deficiency in progesterone; thyroid imbalances; high levels of aldosterone, an adrenal hormone that can cause muscle spasms; and prolactin excess. Some research suggests that increased estrogen is associated with decreased serotonin, the “feel good” hormone. Serotonin helps regulate mood, and a deficiency is linked to depression.

Deficiencies or excess prostaglandins can also lead to PMS symptoms. Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that regulate a range of physiological responses, including inflammation and muscle contraction, along with some reproductive functions.

Deficiencies in nutrients such as magnesium, vitamins A and E and B-complex, particularly B6, can also be a factor in PMS. Those with PMS often eat more refined sugars, carbohydrates, salt and dairy products. Vegetarian women tend to experience less PMS, suggesting a link with meat and dairy consumption (they contain high levels of xenoestrogens). Women who suffer from PMS also tend to have low levels of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and other essential fats.

PRESCRIPTION FOR HEALTH

Nutrient Dosage Action
ESTROsmart 2-4 capsules daily Important for healthy metabolism of estrogen; supports normal cell growth
Prevents abnormal cell growth; detoxifies cancer-causing forms of estrogen
Normalizes the estrogen-to-progesterone ratios, helping to reduce PMS symptoms
MULTIsmart 6 caps or 2 packets daily Ensures adequate nutrient status
MAGsmart 1 scoop daily Helps management of PMS symptoms
Bsmart 3 capsules daily Helps control inflammatory prostaglandins, and reduces breast tenderness
B vitamins are essential for treating PMS, along with a foundation of good nutrients
SMILE  5-HTP 100-200 mg three times daily at breakfast, supper and bedtime

Enhances serotonin (the "feel good" hormone); improves mood; calms anxiety and nervousness, helps mild depression; improves sleep

ESTROsmart Plus 2 capsules daily Specifically for those who experience extreme PMS with psychological symptoms, or PMDD

 

HEALTH TIPS TO ENHANCE HEALING

  • See EndometriosisBreast Health and Menopause health tips.
  • Peri-menopause and menopause can be a time when women experience the most severe PMS symptoms.
  • Have your thyroid checked. Low thyroid hormone levels create severe PMS symptoms.
  • Eliminate all xenoestrogens from the diet and home.
  • Cut back on caffeine from all sources (chocolate, soda pop, coffee and black tea). Drink herbal tea.
  • A high-fiber diet with plenty of organic fruits and vegetables helps to eliminate excess estrogen.
  • Eat only organic meats and eliminate dairy from the diet. Both
    contain high amounts of xenoestrogens.
  • Meditation, exercise and acupuncture are techniques that help reduce the symptoms of PMS. Love yourself. Get plenty of rest. You do not have to be the “super” mom, wife and employee.

ESTROsmart

What to expect from this product: Maintains healthy estrogen-to-progesterone balance Protects and treats your fibrocystic breasts Halts abnormal cell growth, including breast lumps, fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, and thick uterine lining...

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GLA BORAGE OIL

Highly Concentrated GLA from Borage Oil What to expect from this product: Ensures beautiful, smooth, glowing skin Improves calcium retention in bones Treats eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis Stops breast and...

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GLA SKIN OIL

Highly Concentrated GLA from Borage Oil What to expect from this product: Ensures beautiful, smooth, glowing skin Improves calcium retention in bones Treats eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis Stops breast and...

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Bsmart B-Complex

Activated B-Complex What to expect from this product: Active coenzyme B-vitamins Reduces the effects of stress Regulates mood by increasing serotonin Helps with PMS symptoms Lowers homocysteine a marker for heart...

$39.99

MAGsmart powder

What to expect from this product: Helps you sleep Supports the heart, nervous system and cellular energy Relieves muscle cramps, twitching eyelids, restless legs Calms irregular heartbeat Reduces the pain...

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ESTROsmart plus

ESTROsmart with Vitex and Zinc  What to expect from this product: Maintains healthy estrogen-to-progesterone balance Protects and treats your fibrocystic breasts Halts abnormal cell growth, including breast lumps, fibroids, cysts,...

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