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Dave Foreman

PMS-Putting Up With Men's Stuff

by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

That usually gets a smile from women and a few Amens.The fact remains, however: PMS can be debilitating and not funny at all for many women. There are drugs to mask the underlying cause(s), but these often come with a price not just financially, but in terms of side effects. It's estimated that about 85 percent of women have one or more symptoms prior to their period. These symptoms may be physical, emotional and/or behavioral, and they may vary in form and intensity depending on the woman, her age, and her health situation.

Common physical complaints:

  • Bloating
  • Water retention
  • Breast tenderness
  • Decreased energy
  • Decreased libido
  • Migraines
  • Headaches
  • Cramps
  • Muscle aches
  • Lower back pain
  • Weight gain
  • Cravings
  • Acne

Common behavioral complaints:

  • Physical aggression
  • Verbal aggression
  • Withdrawal from environment

Common emotional complaints:

  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Decreased alertness and concentration

So what's causing all the women in our lives to suffer each month? The belief is it all revolves around hormones in the endocrine system. This delicate and intricate balance of chemicals (hormones) in the body can impact many aspects of health. Regrettably, modern medicine doesn't seem able to help balance this system. In fact, most "treatment programs" involve adding more hormones or just hiding masking symptoms for short periods.

Don't get me wrong, natural medicine does basically the same thing.Nutritional supplements can directly impact the symptoms of PMS (i.e. reduce fluid retention and anxiety, etc.), but without the harmful side effects often associated with drugs.

Before we get into the specifics of supplements, let's look at some lifestyle changes that can help. With regards to diet, removing sugar and other refined foods is a great start. Decreasing caffeine consumption can actually decrease the incidence and severity of PMS. Alcohol consumption (or other drugs that impact liver health) should be avoided. Alcohol bogs down the liver.This is bad because the liver helps metabolize hormones released during your monthly cycle. Increasing fiber and decreasing dairy and animal fats can also help reduce PMS symptoms. Increased activity can be a positive lifestyle choice, too

As stated before, dietary supplements can help significantly reduce PMS symptoms. I prefer to not treat symptoms separately, but address the hormone balancing head on. Modern and natural medicine both believe PMS symptoms derive from an improperly balanced endocrine system, so focus your effort here. My approach is herbal. I like three herbs as part of my PMS program. Using these together for a 3-month period (or 3 menstrual cycles) usually does the trick. The magic herbs are Vitex, Dong Quai and Black Cohosh. Both Vitex and Black Cohosh have direct hormonal effects and Dong Quai is more of a tonic (supportive) herb for female health.Vitex seems the big winner when it comes to research on helping PMS. But as always I recommend synergy. Most herbal combination products for PMS combine Vitex with one or both of the other herbs mentioned.Why spend a ton of money and time on addressing your symptoms when balancing your hormones will probably take care of everything. In the old days, I had my own product line.(no longer available). I offered an herbal combination of these three herbs and it was a huge hit.Why? Because it got to the root of the problem.

Aside from trying to balance hormones naturally, it may sometimes be necessary to address particular symptoms. Looking for a specific combination product to address your needs should be relatively easy. Whether it's stress, anxiety, fluid retention, bloating or headaches, your Vitamin Shoppe will have something natural to help you. But remember these supplements should only be used until you can address your hormonal imbalance naturally. Changing your diet and getting more activity will help provide the boost you need to feel healthy again.

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