PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome)
Check out these stats: PMS patients consume 275% more refined sugar, 62% more refined carbohydrates, 78% more sodium, 79% more dairy products, 52% less zinc, 77% less magnesium and 53% less iron than women without PMS. Furthermore, women who eat 20% of their calories from fat have significantly lower blood estrogen levels than women who consumed 40% of their calories as fat. Women who consume large amounts of caffeine are more likely to suffer from PMS.
There are different types of PMS. Those who have an appetite increase and a craving for sweets followed by symptoms of hypoglycemia including headaches, fainting, fatigue, dizziness, palpitations, and trembling have abnormal glucose tolerance curves.
Bottom line: eat more fats (make sure to take your Omega 3 supplements, as recommended), avoid sugars (the only sugar "allowed" are two pieces of fruit per day, taken at separate times; chew your fruit, no juicing; avoid grains, flours and cow's milk), have 2 oz of nuts/seeds, include mineral rich foods such as nuts, seeds, legumes and seafood.
In addition, supplementation is recommended for life to fill any nutritional gap you might have. The base supplements recommended include Omega 3, probiotics, Ca+D3 (calcium and vitamin D3), multivitamin (with iron) and B12.
Check your thyroid function and reduce stress (stress alters blood glucose). You may include 400 mcg of magnesium citrate 3 to 10 days before menses and have a shot of the B vitamins just to boost your nutrition. Include flavonoid rich foods such as green tea, citrus fruit, berries, legumes and apples as this antioxidant competes with estrogen. And, avoid alcohol consumption
There is no need to supplement with zinc as there is enough in Vitaleph's multivitamin. An excess of zinc (usually found in hair and nail supplements) may produce hair loss. Rather, include foods rich in minerals, as stated above. Controlling blood sugar from avoiding sugars, carbs, and stress should make a difference
Keep in mind that most symptoms associated to PMS can be resolved.
Food is medicine! but it takes time and daily mindfulness.
Lucia Chavez, CN