With millions of women around the globe feeling moody, tired, ugly, and fat on a monthly basis due to Premenstrual Tension Syndrome, better known as PMS, one doctor is claiming that it’s 100 percent down to diet.
While women settle for the monthly grogginess, just before the period starts, and often during it, Dr. Lara Briden, a naturopathic doctor, says PMS can become a thing of the past with a few simple steps.
As Dr Briden told reporters, “Premenstrual symptoms such as irritability and cravings are common, but they’re not normal.”
In explaining what she meant by that, Briden recounts a patient of hers who was suffering with a chronic case of monthly PMS, who was transformed simply by changing her eating habits.
“At 34, Julie was a bubbly, energetic person. She was happily married with two school aged children, and worked three days per week as a dental hygienist. “I feel well most of the time, she told me. But then, five days before my period, everything changes. I suddenly feel headachy and fatigued. I get snappy with my husband and my kids, and I can’t seem to stop myself. I ordered some blood tests for Julie, and found that her hormones were normal, which is typical for PMS. Some doctors would offer the birth control pill at this point, but I know there’s a better way.”
In offering Julie some simple but effective advice Briden added, “I asked Julie to stop eating desserts and deep-fried foods. Julie also took the nutritional supplements magnesium and vitamin B6, and within the very first month, she noticed a dramatic change.”
In talking about what she dubbed “the myth of PMS,” Briden added, “PMS has been a controversial diagnosis because researchers have not been able to detect any difference in the blood levels of hormones of PMS-sufferers compared to non-PMS-sufferers. In both groups, oestrogen and progesterone levels rise and fall throughout the month just like they’re supposed to.”
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