PMS: The Monthly Monster
by Rochelle Griffin
OK, guys, heads up that this article is for the ladies.
Ladies, one of the most common emails or comments on social media that I get has to do with imbalanced female hormones and PMS/peri-menopause/menopause symptoms. It seems like more of us deal with these issues than those who don’t.
I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir, but symptoms include:
- Food cravings
- Weight gain
- Irrational thoughts
- Mood swings
- Dry skin
- Night sweats
Shall I go on?
Look I get it. I’ve personally dealt with female hormone imbalance ever since I was a teenager. The problem is that I just accepted the symptoms as a normal part of being female. I didn’t realize that symptoms of any kind weren’t normal. In fact, my PMS was so bad over the years that my physician ended up putting me on a low dose of Prozac…for almost 20 years…to help.
And it did for while…to a certain extent. It helped enough that I’m still married if you know what I mean. 😉
What people don’t realize is that female hormone imbalance doesn’t happen in a vacuum. There are precipitating factors…often adrenal fatigue. This is because approximately 35% of our sex hormones pre-menopause are made in our adrenal glands. This number jumps to 50% post-menopause. If our adrenals aren’t functioning at optimal level, sex hormone imbalances are inevitable.
Our menstrual cycle is in 2 phases: the follicular phase (the 1st 14 days) where estrogen is the Queen of the show, then the luteal phase (the 2nd 14 days) where progesterone takes over.
Anything out of sync, including how much of each hormone is made in the entire month (production,) when it’s being made (distribution,) and the timing of ovulation can cause the symptoms that we lovely ladies deal with monthly.
For example, with production problems, issues like low libido or poor memory can occur. When there are distribution problems, the sudden drops of progesterone can cause the typical PMS symptoms and sudden drops in estrogen can be a precursor for migraines. When there are timing issues, a woman may have difficulty conceiving or may experience longer than usual bleeding.
Our hormone balance is incredibly delicate. I’m seriously just skimming the surface here for the sake of simplicity in explanation.
The very first step needed to get female hormone imbalance under control is to heal your adrenal glands. How you ask? Well, in the next few weeks, I’ll be opening up a very special Bootcamp for women only. It will be a 4-week PMS Bootcamp, geared towards dealing with the symptoms that drive us (and typically our partners) crazy.
I can honestly tell you (and my husband and son can attest to it) that it’s RARE for me to have symptoms nowadays…a vast difference to my typical PMS of a few weeks per month. Yep you read that correctly…I used to have PMS for 2 weeks a month. Awful!
So keep an eye out for when I open registration in a few weeks. I’m incredibly excited about it because we no longer have to accept the yucky symptoms. I am PASSIONATE in helping women with this because of what I’ve personally been through.
We CAN make positive changes in our health naturally!
To Living Your Best Life,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Rochelle Griffin, The Wellness Detective™, is a Registered Nurse (with over 22 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 7-figure International company that now helps others live Their Best Life.
She founded Your Best Life, Inc with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of physical ruin with her health & the health of their young son. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.
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