Gone are the days when females played the single role of mother. Today we are often pressured into numerous roles in life that can take their toll on our health and our natural cycles. We often say things such as ‘I wish I was a man’ or ‘Men have it SO easy.’ But ask yourself, do they? Is it really a bed of roses for a man to live with a woman who suffers PMS? Guys, I’ve got your back and I hope this article is just as important for men as it is for women, so don’t stop now. Keep on reading -- the answers lie here.
I am one of those women who has taken on the challenge of supermom, householder and bread winner and have suffered through regular episodes of post menstrual syndrome while trying to achieve my daily goals, now realizing that a goal can never be achieved if your balance is off kilter
I feel enormous empathy for any woman who suffers from this monthly dis-ease, so I have explained the routes I have taken to gain a better understanding and awareness of the syndrome itself. Knowing how to care for the body mentally and physically from the inside out, by nurturing yourself with good foods, exercise and daily amounts of relaxation is of paramount importance. I have included foods that can help and foods that can hinder recovery. I truly believe that finding balance is the key and can help you live a healthy, happy and productive life which can benefit you and the whole family.
Premenstrual syndrome is a common complaint for a large percentage of women, and its severity can vary from person to person and from month to month. It is caused not only by an imbalance of hormones in the female body throughout her monthly cycle, but can also be due to stress, poor diet and a busy lifestyle.
Symptoms may include the following: Mood swings, headaches, bloating, poor concentration, weight gain, irritability, aggression back pain, depression, clumsiness
During a female's monthly cycle her mood changes approximately every two and a half days. She may find that one day she feels full of enthusiasm and is keen to communicate and socialize. Another day she may feel compassionate and giving, and other times she may take on feelings of insecurity and negativity.
A positive way to recognize these inner cycles as a woman is to keep a daily journal for expressing your deepest thoughts and feelings. Throughout the months a pattern will begin to form and awareness of the body’s inner rhythms will become apparent. This will then give understanding as to why certain feelings are predominant during specific times in the menstrual cycle.
In today’s society woman often find that they have little time for themselves. They are often expected to play many different roles on a daily basis. Mother, housekeeper and full time worker are just a few. It is important to take time to nourish individual needs, feeding the soul with nurturing activities such as a massage, a walk in the park or a weekly yoga session. These activities are positive for the whole being and will relax the body on a mental and physical level while naturally heightening the spirits.
What to avoid
Specific symptoms that may occur through a female’s monthly cycle can be magnified by particular foods. To keep the hormones balanced and the moods steady the following foods should be omitted or considerably reduced from the diet. To see satisfactory results, reducing these foods should become a permanent part of any PMS sufferer's lifestyle.
Foods to Lose
Alcohol, caffeine and refined sugars: These three things raise the blood sugar level causing it to peak and drop. They also agitate the functions of the body and are a strong factor for the majority of the physical and emotional symptoms mentioned.
What’s Good to Eat
To keep the internal body system balanced it is important to eat fresh, natural whole foods which contain plenty of ‘prana’ (lifeforce). Foods that feel and taste good when eaten and are loaded with vitamins and minerals to keep the blood sugar levels balanced. These are foods such as fruit and vegetables, whole wheat products with no refined additives. It is also important to drink plenty of water and herbal teas to keep the internal system cleansed a hydrated.
Potent Foods for Woman