Unless you are a person of medical background, especially as a male, the term “PMS” may be relatively unknown to you. Although intended as an acronym that literally states ‘premenstrual syndrome,’ PMS is a common term among women. Basically, because they are reminded of it many times a year of their lives. When you are having a sudden urge for chocolates, the scary mood swings, and the unexplainable weepiness, chances are you are going through your PMS.
But, what basically causes PMS? And, most importantly, what can we do about it once it occurs?
PMS is a common phenomenon for women that just be mentioning the three-letter acronym is enough to get you an emphatic nod by women. Common misconception, however, is that while PMS occurs naturally, it does not have a solution to its problems – it does. In fact, according to Lauren Geerston, author of “Quit PMS,” PMS only results because of the imbalance in a woman’s body’s hormones. By knowing its cause, Geerston suggests that its unpleasant symptoms can be minimized by balancing out those hormones with diet and lifestyle changes.
Among those hormones, evidences point that excessive amount of estrogen in the body causes the symptoms. This is not to mistaken estrogen, as a hormone, to be bad for a woman’s body, however. Estrogen plays its important roles in health and fertility, but too much of it can be bad.
5 Simple Tips for Balancing Estrogen Naturally
- Get enough proteins
A healthy liver is needed to detoxify the body of excess estrogen. But both a healthy liver function and the mitigation of estrogen dominance requires quality protein to do.
- Avoid soy
While soy is a known to be a good source of protein that is also a product from plants, but in regards to estrogen it can make the problem worse. This is because soy has high amounts of phytoestrogens that mimics the effects of estrogen.
- Maintain regularity
A part of a woman’s body’s estrogen that comes with the bile is excreted from the body by means of defecation. It is thereby crucial for the woman to defecate regularly. Otherwise, estrogen is absorbed back in the body which is especially true to those having constipation.
- Go organic
Herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers are common chemicals used among crops of some of today’s harvests. These chemicals can be highly estrogenic and is thus not ideal even for everyday consumption, especially for one having estrogen dominance in the body.
- Avoid aluminum
Common in conventional anti-perspirants / deodorants, aluminum is capable of binding and activating estrogen receptors in the body. This means that aluminum can trigger the production of estrogen in the body.