Ok ladies if you suffer from PMS or are experiencing menopausal symptoms, this post is for you!
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These conditions respond very well to improvements in your diet & lifestyle. I will walk you through which foods to incorporate into your diet, which foods to avoid & I will suggest nutritional supplements & lifestyle recommendations to help support you.
Ladies, we are all familiar with the series of symptoms that seem to creep up on us at a particular time each month. What you may not know is that these symptoms can be linked to a deficiency of essential fatty acids, Vitamin B6, an under active thyroid, allergies & hypoglycemia. PMS is actually aggravated by these conditions. For this reason, it's imperative to seek expert assistance (ME!) to determine where you may be nutritionally deficient.
PMS Symptoms: lowered energy levels, altered sex drive, fluid retention, breast enlargement, headaches, pelvic pain, bloating as well as psychological changes producing irritability, anxiety, depression & moodiness
Food Recommendations: A natural diet consisting of NATURAL, LIVE FOODS! Include whole grains, dark leafy green vegetables & other veggies, good quality proteins (legumes, nuts, seeds, fish & eggs) and some fruits into your diet. Drink plenty of water and be sure to include soothing herbal teas.
- Non-organic meat that can be tainted with growth hormones & antibiotics that will aggravate PMS symptoms.
- Limit consumption of refined sugar
- Decrease or eliminate milk and dairy products which promote inflammation in the body which will aggravate symptoms.
- Limit caffeine containing foods and beverages such as coffee, tea and chocolate. The more caffeine consumed the greater the severity in symptoms.
- Decrease salt & alcohol consumption
- A high quality, whole foods multi vitamin
- vitamin C
- vitamin E is helpful in reducing pain & fluid retention
- Flaxseed oil
- Calcium & Magnesium (magnesium helps reduce PMS symptoms)
- B Complex with high dose B6 which helps clear water through a diuretic effect on the kidneys
- Ginger root acts as a circulation aid & mild stimulant & helps in getting some of that retained water moving
- Valerian root or catnip tea will provide some relaxation when there is general anxiety or irritability
- Regular exercise is important in reducing PMS symptoms
- Avoid stressors, irritants and other stimulants
- Please stop using regular brands for your feminine products ex. Always, Kotex etc. Switch to organic products such as Natura that is free of bleaching, dioxins and chlorine which have a strong link to endometriosis. Consider other products such as the Diva Cup or Luna Pads. For more information please visit www.lunapads.com
- Consider seeing a Nutritionist or Homeopathic Doctor for your premenstrual symptoms
Is a transitional period which happens in the middle years of a woman's life and signals the end of reproductive function. As body systems seek to restore a balance with less and less estrogen, many of the characteristics attributed to menopause are likely to appear.
MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS: hot flashes, nervous symptoms, insomnia & night sweats
Did you know? Stress & smoking accelerate menopause! A good diet with supportive nutritional supplements & stress management may help delay the onset of menopause or reduce the symptoms when they do occur.
FOOD RECOMMENDATIONS: The focus should be on LIVE, NATURAL, GOOD QUALITY FOOD. A diet that consists of quality protein & Vitamin B rich foods (fish, eggs, whole grains, legumes, nuts & seeds). Water is key to help maintain a body that is vital and young.
AVOID: Sugar, sweets, alcohol, caffeine & red meat which are all main triggers of hot flashes. Focus on healthy fats such as avocados, raw nuts & seeds and avoid an excess of saturated & hydrogenated fats & chemical toxins.
- Vitamin E
- B complex
- Flaxseed oil
- Evening primrose oil
- Calcium/Magnesium & Vitamin D for hot flashes, irritability & night sweats
- Valerian root for insomnia & irritability
- Phytoestrogens (Non-GMO soy products & Mexican yam extracts)
These nutrients support the female glandular system.
- Regular exercise is the most important because it strengthens the bones & improves the metabolism of Calcium.
- Adequate sleep because menopause is a time of lowered energy.
- Water! Water! Water!
- Stress management (regular spa visits, frequent massages, spending time outdoors, anything that is for YOU & anything that decreases stress levels)
- Consider seeing a Nutritionist or Homeopathic Doctor for your menopausal symptoms