You know that time of the month when you’re irritable, angry, irrational, and feel a little out of control? Or depressed, exhausted, anxious, and blue? Is it hormonal or just a funk?
It’s become a societal norm to pin mood swings on hormonal fluctuations, and that's an issue. It perpetuates the belief that women are simply destined for suffering due to our physiology. When we learn to live in sync with our endocrine system and support it with the right food and lifestyle habits, we have the power to optimize our health and kick butt all month long. The "typical" PMS symptoms our culture often writes off as a consequence of womanhood are actually serious signs of a hormonal imbalance.
I know what you’re thinking. If PMS-based mood disruption isn’t a predestined part of womanhood, then how come so many women suffer from the same symptoms? My theory is that many women are experiencing some form of endocrine dysfunction, whether they know it or not. And that can happen for a lot of different reasons, from the wrong food choices to too much stress to toxic ingredients in everyday household and beauty products. I know all about this, firsthand—when I was suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), I battled terrible anxiety and depression. But when I got to the root of my hormonal imbalance and healed my body with the right nutritional and lifestyle tools, my mental health totally healed too.
The bad news is you can’t spot treat your way to better moods: You have to get your whole hormonal ecosystem working if you want to get your mind in a positive place and keep it there. The great news? You can absolutely do this by taking simple steps starting right now. Here are seven things to start doing this month to reclaim your moods, stat: