Ever wondered what that time of the month would be like if you didn't get PMS?
What if I told you IT IS POSSIBLE to be free of PMS?
The vast majority of women suffer from PMS relief because - unbeknownst to them - they are unable to eliminate excess estrogen from their body.
WHY are they unable to eliminate excess estrogen?
- weak digestive system;
- an overworked liver;
- hormonal contraception like the BCP or coil,;
- high exposure to xenoestrogens (man-made chemicals in the environment, skin products, cleaning products and even plastic bottles) which mimic the effect of estrogen in the body;
- insulin resistance; and
- high stress
Excess estrogen circulating in the body manifests itself in the following PMS symptoms:
- breast tenderness
- bloating, swelling and/or weight gain
- water retention
- headaches or migraines prior to menstruation
As well as the following other conditions:
- fibroids and/or fibrocystic breast disease;
- ovarian cysts;
- autoimmune disease or allergies
So how can nutrition help you?
Remember that we've only got two ways of eliminating anything from our body:
POOPING and SWEATING
So, everything you do must have one of these two actions as primary objectives.
These are my TOP 5 TIPS:
- Eliminate of all refined and processed products, including - obviously - sugar & caffeine. These foods are highly inflammatory, constipating and mess up your metabolism.
- Eat more leafy greens (raw or cooked), more cruciferous vegetables (only cooked) and loads of rainbow coloured veggies.
- Include protein with every meal and DON'T SKIP MEALS
- Exercise 3-5x per week, i.e. walk, run, whatever you enjoy - but SWEAT.
- Supplement: Unfortunately, the Earth's soil is not what it used to be and our fruits & veggies and demineralized. Plus, unless you're addicted to fresh sardines, it's impossible for us to actually eat the amount of anti-inflammatory acids our body needs. Every supplement plan should be catered to fit your profile and needs but here are the ones that generally work best and are most applicable to women with symptoms of excess estrogen: (1) Cod Liver Oil; (2) B-Complex; (3) Magnesium Bisglycinate.
And here's a recipe for a warm, soothing, anti-inflammatory drink I like to have a few times a week and especially when my period hits:
- 1 mug of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tspn cinnamon
- 1/2 tspn turmeric
- 1/2 tspn ground ginger
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
Blend all ingredients together and if you need to sweeten, add a few drops of stevia. Heat until warm. Enjoy whilst watching your favourite show (mine is District 99 these days. Absolutely hysterical!)
PMS is not a life sentence. Baby steps. You can do it.
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