4 Supplements May Help With PMS

pmsPMS (premenstrual syndrome) is the name of a group of physical, emotional and psychological symptoms that occur in the last 2 weeks of the menstrual cycle, just before menses. Affecting four out of ten women, PMS symptoms can impact the quality of your life and the ability to do normal activities. While it’s normal to have minor discomfort before your period, severe PMS symptoms such as anxiety, moodiness, irritability, pain, bloating, acne, and headaches may be alerting you to some internal imbalances. While it’s not known what causes PMS, it is likely that changing hormone levels and brain chemistry play a role. Diet, activity level and stress may also be related to the severity of symptoms. Continue reading “4 Supplements May Help With PMS”

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Women’s Health Series: Hormone Imbalance

thoughtful-womanFrom puberty to menopause, symptoms such as mood swings, bloating, headaches, hot flashes, and insomnia are indicators of hormone imbalance. Stress, poor nutrition, lifestyle changes, toxins, and other factors can exacerbate symptoms. At Village Green Apothecary, we see symptoms as a sign of disharmony within the body that needs to be addressed. Finding and resolving the root cause of your symptoms will almost always lead to feeling better and living a healthier lifestyle.

Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance

Hot flashes and night sweats
Insomnia
Fatigue
Weight gain
Vaginal dryness
PMS
Low libido
Mood swings
Depression
Foggy memory
Endometriosis
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Natural Support for PMS

PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is the name of a group of physical, emotional and psychological symptoms that occur in the last 2 weeks of the menstrual cycle, just before menses. Affecting four out of ten women, PMS symptoms can impact the quality of your life and the ability to do normal activities. While it is normal to have minor discomfort before your period, severe PMS symptoms such as anxiety, moodiness, irritability, pain, bloating, acne, and headaches may be alerting you to some internal imbalances. While it is not known what causes PMS, it is likely that changing hormone levels and brain chemistry play a role. Diet, activity level, and stress may also be related to the severity of symptoms. Giving your body the right nutrients can help to manage your PMS.

Evening primrose oil provides an excellent source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA helps to promote the production of anti-inflammatory chemicals in the body and may be helpful for the discomfort of PMS, joint pain and swelling, along with various skin conditions.

Magnesium plays a crucial role in energy production. Unfortunately, diuretics, alcohol consumption, high stress levels, and unbalanced diets can result in a magnesium deficiency. Continue reading “Natural Support for PMS”

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Natural Support for Candida

Candidiasis (yeast overgrowth) can trigger a variety of symptoms. Some of the ways in which it can manifest are: vaginitis, thrush, constipation, diarrhea, rectal itching, PMS, depression, fatigue, toenail/fingernail discoloration, and joint pain. It is important to note that candida albicans is always present in the digestive tract and genital tract, however it only becomes a problem when the body’s other beneficial bacteria do not balance its presence or the immune system losses the ability to control its growth. Food allergies, a weakened immune system, taking antibiotics, immuno-suppressive drugs, oral contraceptives, and eating a diet high in refined sugars, can all trigger a candida infection. Continue reading “Natural Support for Candida”

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PMS and B Vitamins: New Study

According to a new U.S. study published in the online edition of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, boosting your intake of foods rich in B vitamins can significantly lower the odds you’ll suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

PMS is a collection of symptoms affecting women in their reproductive years that generally appear within 2 weeks prior to their period. Symptoms of PMS can vary greatly and may be emotional, psychological or physical in nature. Some of the more common symptoms include abdominal pain, headaches, breast tenderness, bloating, irritability, depression, tension, anxiety, lack of energy, angry outbursts and withdrawal. A whopping 95% of women in their reproductive years experience at least some of these symptoms each month. In 5% of women, these symptoms are so severe that they negatively impact their health, ability to function at work, and the quality of their relationships with others.

In the study, U.S. researchers followed 6,000 healthy women for 10 years during which time they were asked about their diet, supplement use and presence of PMS symptoms. After 10 years, 1,057 women were confirmed to have PMS.

A high intake of two B vitamins from foods – thiamin (B1) and riboflavin (B2) – was associated with a significantly lower risk of developing PMS. Continue reading “PMS and B Vitamins: New Study”

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