What falls in the category of horrible PMS?

  • Cramping
  • Irritability
  • Increased Appetite
  • Breast Tenderness
  • Heavy Bleeding
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Migraines

Other associated conditions:

  • Endometriosis
  • Hair loss
  • Dry Skin
  • Fibroids/Cysts
  • Irregular Periods
  • Amenorrhea
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Hypothyroid
  • Cortisol Imbalances

PMS is something that is correlated with an imbalance in sex hormones, typically too much estrogen and not enough progesterone.  There are many things in the American lifestyle/diet that will contribute to an overabundance of estrogen in the body.

  • Birth control pills, shots, or patches
  • Non-Organic Meats
  • Non-Organic Produce
  • Soy consumption
  • Overconsumption of flax
  • Overuse of Plastics
  • High Body Fat

You must also consider that the liver assists in the elimination and removal of excess estrogen.  Your liver is your primary detoxification/filtration organ and often becomes taxed from a lifestyle containing prescription medications, alcohol, and other toxins.  The decreased functionality of the liver will also not allow the body to rid excess estrogen.

Here is the breakdown:  Too much estrogen and not enough progesterone increases the release of Cortisol Binding Globulin and Thyroid Binding Globulin.  So what does that really mean?  Your body produces thyroid hormones to fuel the thyroid and keep you energetic and healthy.  The binding globulin binds the thyroid hormones in the blood so that they cannot enter the cells and produce energy.  This will create thyroiditis or hypothyroid.  The cortisol binding globulin will also bind up cortisol in the blood which will not allow it to enter the cell and activate receptors for energy.  Another fact is that progesterone makes cortisol.  The decline in cortisol results in adrenal fatigue.

So what can be done?  There are various supplements/herbs that can support the natural production of progesterone and the elimination of excess estrogen.  You also want to decrease your intake and use of products that can be increasing estrogen in the body (list above).

You may be thinking: “Are bio-identical hormones safe?”  Any synthetic hormone will come with side effects.  Overall, you want to support your body to stimulate natural production of progesterone and assist your body in the elimination of excess estrogen.