July 21, 2017
A herb also known as Vitex Agnus Castus or Vitex which is wonderful balancing out the oestrogen/progesterone ratio in the body. Available in tablets or liquid and taken daily can really help with symptoms of PMS
Taken as capsules or liquid and brilliant for helping with breast tenderness and other PMS symptoms. And being an essential fatty acid, it can also help with skin and hair health
Best form is in powder but also available in tablets and capsules. Taken daily can help with sleep, stress levels and cramping
Often this vitamin is deficient in people with PMS, low mood, anxiety and fatigue. The best source is definitely via foods like chicken, turkey, tuna, grass fed beef, nuts and seeds, avocado and chickpeas. If you do take it in supplement form, try to also take a B complex alongside it so your other B vitamins aren't depleted by just taking B6.
I know I say this all the time but seriously! We all need to do whatever it is that helps manage our stress levels on a daily basis. Get to bed earlier, exercise, meditate, slow down your breathing once in a while and just be still for a moment, say no to the unnecessary stuff you really don't want to do, clear schedules from time to time and let life unfold. You do NOT need to be in control all the time. I promise the world will not fall down around your ears. Stress plays a major part in inflammation and throwing our hormones out of whack so do everything you can here.
And remember to put any of these changes in place for at least 2 menstrual cycles before determining whether they have helped you with your PMS as hormones take time to balance. But the longer you keep these new habits going, the better each cycle can be. When looking at adding supplements into your regime, please see a naturopath in consultation or get advice from an in-store naturopath for the best brands and dosage for you. But most of all please be kind to yourself, you are a woman which means you deal with so much on a daily basis and some of those days, you might need to forgive yourself a little harder and love yourself a little more.
Thanks for being you! Yours in Health,
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