Posted by Chantel Martiromo, Article by Kyle J. Norton
Premenstrual syndrome effects over 70% to 90% of women before
menopause in the US and less for women in Southeast Asia because of
their difference in living style and social structure. It is defined as
faulty function of the ovaries related to the women's menstrual cycle,
it effects a women's physical and emotional state, and sometimes
interferes with daily activities as a result of hormone fluctuation. The
syndrome occurs one to two weeks before menstruation and then declines
when the period starts.
1. Emotional symptoms
a) Unhealthy diet
Since we all know that our diet contains high amount of saturated and
trans fat, unbalance of levels of essential fatty acids causes inability
of liver in secreting bile into the digestive system and in fat and
protein metabolism that causes nervous tension resulting in increasing
the emotional symptoms of PMS such as stress, anxiety, tiredness, insomnia, etc.
b) Vitamins and minerals deficiency
It is unknown why women with PMS are found to have low levels of vitamin
B complex and magnesium. These may be caused by low levels of stomach
acid or inability of digestive system in absorbing vital nutrients
before period resulting in increasing nervous tension and emotional and
c) Hormone imbalance
Researchers found that women with PMS always have unbalance of levels of
estrogen and progesterone before menstruation. It may be caused
abnormal function of some glands in the body including the pituitary,
Remember over or under production of certain hormones such as serotonin,
estrogen, progesterone, prolactin, adrenaline increases the nervous
disorder resulting in symptoms of PMS.
d) Thyroid gland
Women with PMS are found to have low thyroid function resulting in
increasing the risk of depression, stress, fatigue, tiredness, insomnia,
2. Physical symptoms
a) Foods and sugar craving
Strong liver is important for women with PMS. Unfortunately, most women
with PMS are found to have sluggish liver function before menstruation
caused by abnormal function of liver in carbohydrate synthesis and
insulin regulating resulting in foods and sugar craving.
b) Breast tenderness and water retention
For what ever reasons, researchers show that some women with PMS are
found to have high levels of prolactin and low levels of potassium as
resulting in abnormal function of pituitary gland and lymphatic function
resulting in breast tenderness and water retention accordingly.
Some women with PMS might experience heart palpitation, it is caused by
malfunction of thyroid gland, unbalance of estrogen and progesterone and
inability of liver in secreting bile into digestive system.
d) Nervous tension
Our nervous system needs the strong liver in fat and protein metabolism
to function normally and the right levels of estrogen and progesterone
to transmit information between cells. Sluggish liver and unbalance of
estrogen and progesterone cause nervous tension resulting in symptoms of
c) Menstrual cramps
Some women may experience menstrual cramps which will disappear as soon
as period start. It may be caused by irregular function of ovaries or
essential fatty acids deficiency resulting in estrogen and progesterone
imbalance and over production of certain hormone in the prostaglandins family.
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