In women susceptible to premenstrual syndrome (PMS), the menstrual cycle brings on mood changes – such as depression, anxiety, emotional reactivity, sadness, hopelessness, tension, tearfulness, anger, withdrawal, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, food cravings, binge eating, feeling overwhelmed or out of control, decreased interest in activities, or increased interpersonal conflicts. These mood changes may also be accompanied by physical changes – such as breast tenderness, bloating, weight gain, or headaches. All of the symptoms of PMS occur during the last week of the menstrual cycle and diminish within a few days of the onset of menses.
All of the symptoms of PMS relate both to hypoglycemia and to hormonal imbalances. The common factor that links both is adrenal exhaustion. Women who have weak adrenal glands become hypoglycemic for a part of their monthly cycles. The adrenals are important to coping with stress, regulating blood sugar and producing sex hormones. If these glands are undernourished, they may be able to cope with daily life during most of the month but fail to function normally when the stress of peak female hormone production is added on to all of life’s other stresses.
PMS can be overcome by following a hypoglycemic diet and supporting the adrenal glands throughout the entire month. A broad spectrum vitamin-mineral stress formula can support the adrenal glands. Flaxseed oil provides essential fatty acids that aid in hormone production.
See also the chapters, “Hypoglycemia” and “Adrenal Exhaustion”, in NUTRITIONAL SOLUTIONS FOR 88 CONDITIONS (available at Amazon.com)