|90% or more women experience menstrual symptoms of some kind during their lives, and many suffer on a monthly.
Men don’t understand.
Employers wonder why there’s so much sick leave on a cyclical basis.
Doctors can only offer “the pill”, antidepressants or a hysterectomy.
But the answer is easy: to understand how to rid yourself of PMS and all its symptoms, you must first understand why it happens.
Now, you no doubt learned about our work from the H. pylori website, and so you may not know that when I started working using functional medicine with my clients, the majority of my clients were women who had menstrual complaints.
I had great success helping ladies overcome their menstrual discomfort, and I know we can help you, too.
Central to beating PMS is an understand that it’s caused by sex hormone imbalances – especially the relationship between estrogen (often too high) and progesterone (usually too low).
BUT, it’s important know WHY the sex hormones go out of balance in the first place because they don’t just spontaneously combust and go haywire.
I have a mantra that I teach my clients, which is “Stress beats sex, every time”.
And this is where your gut comes into play.
The more stress your body is under, the more hormones it has to make to deal with that stress.
It literally steals sex hormones to make stress hormones.
Thus, as stress goes up, sex goes down.
You only need to look at the functions of the main sex hormones to see how an imbalance can wreak havoc on your body. According to Dr. John Lee, MD, progesterone effects:
Maintains secretory endometrium
Creates proliferative endometrium
Now, what is stress?
Well, stress can come from three places:
Outside stress (emotional) – the job, the boss, the kids, the workload, the finances, the fear, the jealousy, the guilt, the lack or excess of exercise, etc.
Outside stress (food & drugs) – gluten, processed food, soy, vegetable oils, alcohol and all medical drugs.
Inside stress – poor blood sugar balance, inflammation caused by bad foods, bad bugs, bad toxins, deficiencies in good nutrients such as proteins and antioxidants.
How your gut fits in
I’ve seen PMS improve or disappear in women when they simply changed their diets to remove “inflammatory” foods like gluten, soy and others.
I’ve also seen PMS improve or disappear in women when they found and removed bad bugs from their guts, and started digesting food properly.
Your gut is especially important because it acts as an interface with the outside world (water and food!).
When it’s working properly, it allows good stuff into your body and blocks bad stuff getting in.
But when there are too many bad foods, and lots of bad bugs casing inflammation in the gut, your body views the situation as being very stressful.
Thus, it increases its stress hormone production, and down-regulates its sex hormone production.
The resulting hormone imbalances, combined with nutritional deficiencies from a gut that’s not working properly, result in the list of menstrual symptoms listed so often by our female clients.
So the gut is absolutely central to achieving hormonal health, and a pain-free, symptom-free and healthy menstrual cycle.
I’ve always said, and continue to say, that the first steps in overcoming PMS and any other form of sexual dysfunction are to clean up your diet, and run a comprehensive stool test to assess:
Of course, I’m biased, but even if you don’t have PMS, but you have other symptoms, I can’t see why anyone would NOT want to check their digestive health, given its supreme importance in overall health and disease prevention.
And don’t forget, a stool test is done in the privacy of your own home, you just send off a sample in the packaging provided.
What’s more, if it comes back ‘blank’ you get a full refund – so you have nothing to lose.