PMS Treatment: What to Avoid, What to Take and What to Eat

Do you know what the best PMS treatment is?

PMS Treatment Basics

The best PMS treatment is the one you will do. There are three things about your PMS treatments you need to consider.

  • What to avoid in your diet
  • What to include in your diet
  • What PMS vitamins, minerals or herbal remedies actually work

There are numerous treatments suggested on the web. Some exaggerate the research making claims beyond what the research actually reported. Some have dangerous side effects that the website may not warn you about. Make sure to be an educated consumer.

Below are the specific recommendations for the treatment for PMT-A, PMT-H, PMT-C, PMT-D.

Before going into the specifics, there is one common thread that runs through all of the common natural PMT treatments. Most of the remedies that recommend pms vitamins and natural remedies for PMS provide the co-factors, play a role in or are a part of the production of glutathione.

If glutathione is one of the keys to helping your body normalize, then boosting glutathione would seem to be the solution for many. Here is the best part, you can boost it simply by what you eat and what you do not eat.

An Example: Milk Thistle is listed as one of the things that will help the body enhance its ability to metabolize estrogen. It has long been known that Milk Thistle is something to take to cleanse the liver. Some medical doctors put their patients on this.

Milk thistle also helps the body boost glutathione. The benefits realized are the result of boosting glutathione.

One study of note, looks at all studies up till 2008 and found there were 62 herbs, vitamins and minerals that are claimed to help those dealing with PMS symptoms. Of the 62, only 10 were found to offer help.

This is not to say the others do not work. It is just that there was no high level research that proved that they do. The natural PMS Treatment comes in three forms, what to avoid and what to include in your diet and what to take in the way of supplements, or natural remedies for PMS.

PMS Treatment: What to Avoid

SugarCut your sugar intake of processed sugars. When we eat sugar, our body releases insulin. This causes a number of chain reactions. One of these chains results in the decrease of the kidneys ability to remove excess sodium and water. The result, weigh gain, breast tenderness, abdominal bloating, puffy face and fingers.

The excess sugar also fuels an inflammation process that contributes to, makes worse or is in addition to the other symptoms.

Bad Fat Intake: Reducing unhealthy fats intake can help reduce bloating and breast tenderness.

Caffeine The study looked at drinking coffee. Most likely, any caffeine intake will cause this. Just one cup can increase your risk of having PMS symptoms by 30%. Multiply that by 10 when you drink more than 8 cups a day.

Dairy Decrease the amount of dairy products you eat. Dairy products will tend to decrease the absorption of magnesium and your body excretion of it. If you ever crave chocolate, this may be your bodies saying...hey, I need magnesium. Dairy products will also decrease the absorption of iron, another element you will need.

MSG, Fluoride and Other Chemical Foods Difficult as it may be, try to avoid MSG. The raw food diet will help to this end. Also, drink filtered water if you are on a municipal water supply. Also avoid artificial sweeteners. No matter how much they claim they are like the real thing, avoid them if you want to maintain your health.

PMS Treatment: What to Include In Your Diet

The most simple steps that can be taken will be the most challenging. Simply eating a raw food diet will heap. The evidence is anecdotal but the outcomes fit with the research. Simply eating at least 50 percent of your diet with raw foods could help.

Lets not forget the sunshine on your shoulder that can make you happy. It can also help make you more glutathione among other health benefits. The vitamin D you get from sunshine is one of the things that helps with the production of glutathione.

One of the best things to take is a spoon full of black strap molasses and a spoon full of (if you can) peanut butter or some other form of protein. Mix the two and eat like it is candy. The molasses is rich in iron. If you have sulfa allergies, get unsulfured molasses. This is a blood boosting treatment we give in the hospital where I have worked to boost blood counts.

PMS Treatment: The Herbs, Vitamins and Minerals Review.

In a review of all medical literature up till 2008, of the 62 herbs, vitamins and minerals that are claimed to benefit those dealing with PMS, only 10 actually had evidence that they worked. And the winners are...

  • Calcium
  • Chasteberry and vitamin B6 (may be effective)
  • Ginko (some benefit)
  • Magnesium pyrrolidone
  • Saffron
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Soy and vitamin E

PMT-A Treatments and Help for PMS

Think of this type of PMS as as PMT Anxiety. It is felt that by reducing the blood estrogen and increasing the progesterone there may be an modest improvement.

So for the time when the symptoms peak, avoid soy, yams and sweet potatoes.

It was also noted that women in this subgroup tend to consume an excessive amount of dairy products and refined sugar. A progesterone boosting diet may be of value in them.

Using B6 in doses that would normally be unsafe, modest benefits were noted. This should not be used without being prescribed by a doctor. Serious and lasting harm could result from using more than the safe amount. Do not exceed the recommended daily amount or you could experience nerve damage. Eating a diet rich in vitamin B6 would be the safest way to do this.

One study found that magnesium and vitamin B6, when taken together, have a synergistic effect and may help with anxiety-related premenstrual symptoms. The study involved giving 200 mg magnesium and 50 mg vitamin B6 provided relief of moderate anxiety related premenstrual symptoms. This was a small test group.

This was a small study so the results may vary. The study involved 44 women, average age 32 years that were picked randomly to either get the treatment or a placebo. Each woman kept a daily diary of 30 symptoms.

The symptoms were divided into six categories: anxiety, craving, depression, hydration, other, and over all. The results were positive but this was a small study and it may or may not work for you.

PMS Anxiety has a more comprehensive consideration of this type of PMS.

PMT-H Treatments

Vitamin B6 is good for this particular group of symptoms. At high doses, it suppresses aldosterone and helps you body get rid of excess fluids.

Vitamin E was found to help with breast tenderness. Some advocate decreasing sodium intake. A better way would be to increase water intake so long as there was no fluoride in the water.

PMT-C Treatments

Getting sufficient magnesium will help with these symptoms. An additional benefit, improved glucose tolerance which will further decrease the symptoms.

When craving sweets, eat fruits and vegetables. When craving chocolate, try to either eat magnesium rich foods or eat chocolate with less sugar that the common brands.

PMT-D Treatments

This is the one with the least research. It is possible that eating sweet potatoes will help this group since the estrogen is low and progesterone is high. Boosting glutathione is the one best thing to do for this group. Start with a raw food diet.

If sleep is a problem, two tablespoons of tart cherry juice concentrate in a glass of water, drink an hour or so before going to bed may help.

Do not be afraid to get medical help if the symptoms are severe.

PMS Treatment: Putting it Together

As you can see, it is not a simple one time fix all solution. It is a series of actions. Some may work and some may not. In some cases, simply boosting glutathione will help.

What ever you do, a PMS treatment in within your reach.

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