So many woman suffer each month with the symptoms of PMS.
Starting from early teens up until just before peri menopause.
There are so many reasons why you may be experiencing the symptoms of PMS, and nutrition depletion can be one of them.
Let go through some of the symptoms and see if you can relate:
Everyone's symptoms will vary, some minimal and others quite debilitating.
Symptoms can range from:
- Mood swings
- Tender swollen breast
- Change in emotions (often quite teary)
- heavy periods
- Lowered iron levels
- Irregular Cycles
These are just to name a few, and you may notice your symptoms could change every cycle.
Lets dive in a little further to discuss the most common nutrient deficiencies and how they may be showing up for you in your cycle.
Mood swings & B6
Vitamin B6 is essential with the production of progesterone, supporting estrogen metabolism, supports the nervous system,lowers prolactin & histamine.
If you are experiencing those unwanted mood swings (you know times where you may fly off the handle just because your husband or partner just looked at you. Most of us have been there at some point) also take note if you are also experiencing symptoms of hay-fever.
Quite often the heightened moods may be a result if excesses histamine production in your system.
Period pain & Zinc
This is when the hot water bottle & heat packs come out and you just want lay curled up in a ball on the couch. Your stomach and back are aching.
Zinc not only assists with supporting our immune system it also assists with reducing prostaglandins (think period pain & cramping ) and
inflammation within in our body.
Tender breasts & Iodine
You may notice with the lead up to your period ( approximately during ovulation) your breast may have lumps(cyclical lumps), feel sore and tender or even swollen.
Sometimes your breast cab increase a whole size (do not go and get a bra refitted during this time)
Most of the time you will note that after your period starts (first few days of your bleed) that your tenderness and lumps subside. (please note that if you are worried or concerned about any lumps to talk with you GP)
When we experience these tender symptoms it could be due to Iodine deficiency.
Our Thyroid hormone needs iodine to run optimally , and if we are depleted then our thyroid hormone production will be lower and our body then produces more prolactin (This is the hormone that stimulates breast tissue, and also why our breast are enlarged during pregnancy so we can prepare for feeding bubs)
It can be so frustrating having irregular cycles and being caught out because our period wasn't due.
Vitamin D depletion can play a role in our cycle not showing up on time!
Vitamin D has been said to assist t with ovulation & the production of oestrogen, so if we aren't getting enough then its no wonder we are surprised early or later with our period.
Our body is an amazing thing isn't it.
There are so many little symptoms we endure that we are told is normal or that we put up with, when we really don't need to suffer with. (Please note there may be some cases that are more complex and not so straight forward)
However you know your body better than anyone, and there's no harm in making simple small tweaks to see if these mall steps lead to positive lasting change.
You do not need to suffer in silence every month through your cycles xo