In my previous article about how to implement a PMDD Diet I discussed a few does and don’ts of dieting for PMDD relief. This is just the tip of the iceberg in regard to PMDD nutrition and treating premenstrual dysphoric disorder in general.
I wanted to show you a little more of the biology and science of PMDD and how your food consumption interacts with your body in good and bad ways. Sometimes it is important to know the inner workings to some depth more than just the process of what to do because you will be armed with more knowledge you can apply in more intelligent ways to combat PMDD.
Why You Need a PMDD Diet
As you might or might not know, PMDD is a condition which at it’s root cause is a severe imbalance of hormones. This is triggered by the end of the menstrual cycle as you approach your period. Most women have some hormonal upsets in the last week or so but can manage it easy enough, but PMDD is far beyond a gently upset of hormones. PMDD is a rollercoaster ride that takes no prisoners …
So what is the reason behind all this imbalance? There are genetic causes to this, but there are also environmental causes as well such as stress, medication, chemicals in the house, and of course nutrition. Here is one way that your diet can influence your hormones.
When you eat, your body begin to turn that food into sugars that give the body energy to repair itself, move you around, keep you healthy, and every other part of being a human. Food is our fuel as we all know.
However, not all food is the same. Some food is turned into energy much faster than others which is great when we need a rush of energy during sports, a fight, or after strenuous exercise. It is terrible however when we do not need short term energy.
When we eat fast converting foods our blood sugar level skyrockets. This energy is too much and we cannot use it all to power our body immediately. In response your body is flooded with the hormone insulin which is responsible to taking the blood sugar and using it for the bodies processes. This is very bad for your weight because most of this energy is stored as fat, but for PMDD sufferers all the pathways that are used by hormones are not clogged with insulin. This spike alone with the spikes of estrogen and progesterone (female reproductive hormones) at the end of the cycle leaves little room for other hormones that control mood regulation and many other aspects of your mental and physical health.
Phew! That was a condensed explanation and I hope you followed it (Leave comments below if you want any more info!). So what does this mean for a PMDD Diet?
PMDD Nutrition To Balance Hormones
- You eat food that converts to energy slowly. This is called a low GI diet because the foods are low on the glycemic index which is a rating of how quickly or slowly food turns to energy.
- Avoid High GI foods of course. These are mostly processed foods and foods with a lot of sugar.
- Eat in moderation, smaller meals in general, or at least eat 4 smaller meals rather then 3 bigger ones like we usually do.
For more information about a PMDD diet and all the other facets of treating PMDD naturally, click below for a complete guide I recommend highly.