Tuesday, March 18, 2008

PMS and the Real You

Every month it's the same thing.....sometimes it lasts a day or two, sometimes 10 days but mostly about a week. The pre-menstrual syndrome is what I'm talking about. For decades doctors and men in general (and even women to some degree) have thought that women were crazy and that these feelings were all in their heads. What feelings am I talking about? PMS affects psychological, gastrointestinal, skin problems (most commonly acne), fluid retention, back pain, host flashes, and frankly the list goes on and on and on......
The most important I believe are the psychological symptoms. As you can see by the list below, these symptoms can be devastating to ones daily life. At any moment in the last few days I've probably had about 10 of these. Each month the ride called PMS changes, it's either better or worse than the previous month.

psychological symptoms are:
lack of control
difficulty in concentrating
severe fatigue
decreased self-image
emotional hypersensitivity
crying spells
sleep disturbances

What can you/we do to decrease these symptoms? Basically it's the same old adage that everyone touts. Decrease sugar and artificial sweeteners to close to zero. NO WHITE FOODS. So, no sugar, no white flour, whole wheat only. NO CAFFEINE. Doesn't this sound fun?
Vitamin supplements also help, I am living proof of that.....here are some recommendations:

Vitamin E: 400 miu/day
Vitamin B6: 50 - 100 mg/day
Calcium Citrate: 1,000 mg/day
Magnesium Oxide: 500 mg/day
Evening Primrose Oil: 2 - 6 capsules/day

But most importantly, you should try to exercise 30 - 40 minutes 3 -5 times weekly.
So I'm going to go about my paranoid delusional day with my head hung low because no one could want or need anyone as stupid as me.......Isn't it fun being a woman????

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