Sometimes us women folk find it hard to explain to ourselves let alone our friends or partners why we get so sad and emotional around our menstruation time ... it's almost as if every vulnerability, feeling of loneliness (perceived or otherwise) seems to just come pouring out from the depths of your soul in a torrent of tears and of course the ugly cry!

Has PMS got a hold of you

It is at these moments that we need to grab a good book or watch a chick flick so that we can expel all those pent up emotions and just simply move on. You see PMS seems to bring out the best in us and the worst in us no matter how much we try to ignore it. All it takes is a sad moment to send you into a stream of tears or a stupid comment to send you into a fit of rage ... no matter the mood it will be extreme.

The urban dictionary describes PMS as ...

“a powerful spell that women are put under about once every month, which gives them the strength of an ox, the stability of a Window's OS, and the scream of a banshee. Basically, man's worst nightmare.”

A truer description I have never found, this explains exactly how I feel for about 7 days prior to menstruation. The only thing it doesn't include are the crazy cravings for sweet treats at the beginning and the need for red meat products towards the end ... clear indicators of my body looking for minerals and nutrients which have been depleted.

PMS occurs as a direct result of fluctuations in the hormones namely oestrogen and progesterone, for two weeks prior to menstruation. Whilst these hormones may wreak havoc with our emotions, body temperature and food habits they are not going anywhere, anytime soon. So what can we do to manage PMS and make life a little more bearable for us women folk?

My personal experience, thanks to the guidance of Dr Dalize at Skin Renewal is to include the following supplements into my daily lifestyle:

1. Incorporate Calcium and Vitamin D3 into your regime. When used in combination these have shown to cause a reduction in PMS-related symptoms in over 48% of cases.

2. Magnesium: Magnesium deficiency has been seen to be a possible cause of premenstrual symptoms, the supplementation of magnesium can make a definite difference in the long run.

3. Vitamin B6 is found to be particularly helpful for those suffering from mood related premenstrual symptoms. (Who knows it may even save a life or two ... tee hee, you know what I mean!)

Whilst these are not earth shattering revelations, I have found them to make a huge difference in my life and my PMS management. I must say though that every now and then I still experience an emotional PMS (like this one past) and all I do is put on my big girl panties and deal with it.

For help with PMS I would highly recommend you consult a functional medicine doctor such as those at Health Renewal, their approach is more holistic and one that looks at solving the cause and not just the symptoms.

You can find your closest branch here www.healthrenewal.co.za

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