Many women think PMS is “normal” and something they have to just get over and deal with, but it’s not.
I work with several women every day at my health practice, and regardless of their original reason for signing up to work with us — fatigue, weight gain, digestive issues, autoimmune disease — we always do a comprehensive review called a “review of systems,” just to make sure we aren’t missing anything.
I am often shocked by what consistently comes up when we ask about PMS and hormone balance.
As many as 40 percent of the hundreds of women who come to our practice report experiencing some form of PMS, like heavy periods, bad cramps, breast tenderness, bloating, digestive changes, cravings, insomnia, headaches, and mood swings. They are popping ibuprofen all day, taking days off of work, and feeling awful and out of whack, just because of PMS.
The reality is these symptoms are not normal or necessary and can indicate deeper underlying issues, from inflammation to adrenal and thyroid imbalance to insulin resistance to high levels of anxiety and chronic stress.
In functional medicine, the field of wellness medicine I practice, we educate our members about how to solve PMS from the root cause. As a result, we see women become totally free from PMS.
Here are my top five natural, nontoxic, and sustainable cures for PMS: