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THE ABC'S OF PMS
TYPES OF PMS - A,B,C, and DA - Anxiety, irritability, Mood Swings, nervousness, aggressive behavior. This form of PMS is marked by elevated estrogen in relation to progesterone. If there is an underlying B-complex deficiency, the liver may not be able to break down the estrogen for excretion.
Treatment: Often, simple nutritional supplementation can eliminate this type of PMS. In addition to a high quality, high potency B-complex, additional B-6 is indicated. B-6 lowers estrogen levels and balances progesterone. Taking extra magnesium is also important. A study in England determined that women with severe PMS-A were found to be deficient in B-6 and magnesium. Also decreasing intake of dairy products and sugar are of benefit.
B - Bloating, breast tenderness, water retention, swollen hands,
feet, and face, weight gain. Excess aldosterone, (a water sparing hormone)
causes retention of sodium, which causes bloating. Causes of increased
aldosterone: #1) Stress - aldosterone is secreted by the adrenal cortex
C - Cravings for sweets, chocolate, salty or fatty foods or an
increased appetite in general. Symptoms of hypoglycemia, including heart
palpitations, fatigue, fainting spells, headaches and trembling. Susceptibility
to cravings increases during the late luteal phase (just before and up
to the period) due to increased insulin sensitivity. Caused by
low B vitamins, magnesium, vitamin C, zinc, and fatty acids. The
brain glucose levels drop causing increased appetite and sugar cravings
and insulin levels, ultimately causing sugar sensitivity and hypoglycemia,
which causes trembling, fainting, etc. Often, women with this type of
PMS will also crave alcohol, which makes the aftermath hypoglycemia even
D - Depression is a
serious symptom in any situation, and although only 5 to 20% of women
suffer this type of PMS, it is important to identify, because of the risk
of suicide. Symptoms include crying, confusion, depression, forgetfulness,
insomnia and withdrawal. The causes of PMS D are again, decreased
B vitamins, and magnesium. This situation increases susceptibility
to stress, the adrenal glands are over-stimulated, secreting adrenal androgenic
(more male-type) hormones, and this is a LOW estrogen situation,
with lower than normal levels in the luteal phase. Abnormally high
levels of lead have also been detected in many women with this type
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