Ah PMS, our monthly time of terror for women and anyone that stands in our crosshairs. All kidding aside, a majority of women experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS) at some point in their lives. Symptoms affect up to 90% of women in fact.
There are over 150 known symptoms that can be attributed to PMS, most of which can be remedied with natural methods. Many experience relief from hormonal imbalance symptoms when they complete the 21-Day Clean Program and switch to a healthier lifestyle. Having so many symptoms can make reducing PMS a daunting task. How can we know where to start?
The Four Types of PMS
PMS can actually be broken down into four different types and identifying which type your symptoms point to could be a good way to start when choosing diet, lifestyle, and supplement interventions.
PMS-A is all about anxiety. Anxiety is one of the most common PMS symptoms and it can be crippling. One day a woman can be feeling fine, even great, and the next day she doesn’t want to leave the house, experiences heart palpitations and even panic attacks.
Some other symptoms associated with PMS-A include:
- mood swings
- nervous tension
Imbalanced blood sugar, nutrient deficiencies, and high estrogen and low progesterone levels could be contributing. Get your hormone levels checked by a doctor and incorporate nutrient-rich foods into your diet. Not sure where to start? Try some Clean recipes.
Are you premenstrual hangry every month? Carbohydrate or sweet cravings around this time point to PMS-C. Many women struggle with this type of hunger and may note that before their period their eating becomes out of control, binging on foods like ice cream, cookies, chips and other foods they may try to avoid the rest of the month.
Other symptoms of PMS-C include:
- carb and sweet cravings
Imbalanced blood sugar and insulin levels could contribute to this type of PMS. Try starting the day with a Daily Shake blended with leafy greens, berries, and unsweetened almond milk.
A real heartbreaker, PMS-D has women feeling depressed before their period. Like PMS-A, a woman could be feeling really up and optimistic most of the month, only to fall deep into a depressive state before her period.
Other symptoms of PMS D include:
- memory loss
- suicidal thoughts or actions
Imbalanced blood sugar, nutrient deficiencies, and low progesterone could contribute. Changing your diet and speaking to a Wellness Coach can help, however, if you are having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
PMS-H is known as hyperhydration. Hyperhydration is that bloating and water retention that causes many women to unbutton their jeans or live in yoga pants prior to their period.
Other symptoms of PMS H include:
- water retention
- breast tenderness
- weight gain
Imbalanced blood sugar, low vitamin B6, low progesterone, and high aldosterone could contribute to PMS-H.
Which PMS type are you? Maybe you’re experiencing symptoms in all categories, as many do. Don’t worry, there is a common underlying theme with all the PMS types — imbalanced blood sugar. Get this imbalance under control and it is very likely that many of your symptoms will decrease or vanish completely.
Written by Robyn Srigley