As hormones rise and fall, some women and people who menstruate experience PMS, a group of physical and emotional symptoms such as abdominal bloating, breast tenderness, changes in appetite, fatigue, depression, and anxiety in the week or two before their menstrual period.
Menstruation makes life possible. “That time of the month” is a beautiful thing, but for most women, it can come with unpleasant side effects – cramps, cravings, moodiness (you know the drill). Rather than popping a couple of Advil or Midol to control pain and discomfort levels, we encourage you to explore some all-natural remedies. We at Flourish Health want to share a few alternative ways to combat PMS symptoms – keep these tips in mind the next time you want to raid your medicine cabinet for a quick fix.
We at Flourish Health want to share a few alternative ways to combat PMS symptoms.
Magnesium – Magensium deficiency is strongly implicated as a causative factor in premenstrual syndrome. Red blood cell magnesium levels in PMS patients have been shown to be significantly lower than in subjects without PMS. As magnesium plays such an integral part in normal cell function, magnesium deficiency may account for the wide range of symptoms attributed to PMS.
Calcium – It is theorized, that calcium improves the altered hormonal patterns, neurotransmitter levels, smooth muscle responsiveness noted in PMS. Further support for the importance of calcium supplementation in soothing PMS symptoms was the finding that women with PMS have reduced bone mineral density.
Zinc – Has been shown to be lower in women who have PMS. Zinc is required for proper action of many body hormones, including sex hormones, as well as in the control of the secretion of hormones.
Pomegranates contain two plant compounds with powerful medicinal properties; punicalagins which are extremely potent antioxidants found in the juice and punicic acid which contains a main fatty acid that can help protect against several steps in the heart disease process. They have shown to reduce inflammatory activity in the digestive tract, and they can block enzymes that are known to damage joints in people with osteoarthritis. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects may also be protective against infections and inflammation in your mouth including, gingivitis, periodontitis, and denture stomatitis.
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