Before we go anywhere, I just want to say that PMS is NOT normal! If you’re struggling with pre-menstrual symptoms, no matter how mild, it is your body’s way of telling you something isn’t right!
PMS symptoms, whether it’s moodiness, acne, sore boobs or sugar craving, it can all be put down to one hormone, progesterone. Or more accurately, lack of progesterone! For women, progesterone is important for the regulation of menstruation. Your body produces progesterone when you ovulate. If you don’t ovulate then you don’t produce progesterone and without enough progesterone you will suffer from PMS symptoms including acne!
My PMS has got really bad in the last year, what can I do?
One of the key reasons I believe woman are suffering from more intense PMS is due to the amount of hormone disrupting factors and stress we’re exposed to on a regular basis. I’ve already mentioned all the hormone disrupting toxins like fluoride, bromide, parabens and pesticides but high levels of stress can decrease your progesterone levels and cause your hormones to become further imbalanced.
When your body is in a constant state of stress due to factors such as poor diet, excessive exercise, lack of sleep, social pressures and anxiety over your skin, your adrenal glands need extra progesterone to produce the additional cortisol and adrenaline to help your body deal with the stress. This is known as the ‘progesterone steal’ and means that your body uses up your progesterone stores to help you deal with stress, as opposed to what it is designed to do – maintaining and regulating a healthy menstrual cycle and happy hormones!
Eating a hormonally optimum diet, stress-relieving techiniques and taking progesterone boosting supplements such as Magnesium and Vitex/Agnus Castus can all be really effective at managing PMS.
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Peace, Love & Clear Skin