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More PMDD Diet Advice for PMDD Relief

PMDD Diet and NutritionIn 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 …

Nutrition for PMDD ReliefSo 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

PMDD Diagnostic TestIf you need PMDD relief, then you need to make sure that your diet does a few things:

  1. 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.
  2. Avoid High GI foods of course. These are mostly processed foods and foods with a lot of sugar.
  3. 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.

The PMDD Treatment Miracle

Do Natural PMDD Treatment Options Really Work?

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I got an email from a woman who had some serious doubts about natural PMDD treatment remedies. She had tried these sorts of things many times before she said to no avail and still suffered from PMS and PMDD (she was not entirely sure if she had PMDD but that is not the issue). She said she was using a combination of drugs which had largely stifled the symptoms in that last week but also realised she was drugging herself to the eyeballs and that it was not a good long term solution.

Well my answer is yes, natural PMDD treatments are worthwhile, and have a solid basis in science – not just feel good hippy rhetoric. Even the most jaded, drug prescribing doctor will advise you to eat healthy, exercise and all that because they know the drugs do not solve the problem. When  they prescribe them they just want to quickly end your pain so they can move on to the next patient, their healthy living advice is usually not heeded.

But if you have heeded this information and have tried it without success, you might be deflated and do not know what to do. There are a few reasons this might have happened which are common in natural, holistic treatments not working such as:

PMDD Diagnostic Test1. Not Continuing Long Enough – Natural and long lasting cures for PMDD take time to work. The age of instant gratification, instant pain relief, and on demand services has led us to expect the same thing of our body. This is not the way the body works though. A natural PMDD treatment requires time, for some women it might be a few weeks, others might take a few months! If you are persistent though, you will feel a difference being made.

2. Not Taking a Broad Scope – Some people also cherry pick the bits they like out of a holistic treatment for PMDD rather than doing ALL of them. Just changing your diet very slightly, doing some exercise and drinking some green tea is not enough. You have to take a broad scope and include as many aspects of healing as you can or you will only partially help yourself and et discouraged.

3. Inconsistent Usage – Like dieting, many women start and stop, and find excuses for not applying a consisted focus on their PMDD natural treatments. Doing this is a great disservice; as you feel nothing is happening and you often put your efforts back a long way. Consistency is key to this, and permanent change also has to apply, you need to make a lot of this habitual and a part of your everyday life.

So if you are like this poor lady who contacted me, consider how you are applying yourself to a natural cure – not just what the treatments are. If you do not even know where to start I highly recommend the PMDD Treatment Miracle which will give you all you need to know to combat this disorder.

Getting Rid of PMDD With Meditation?

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There are many alternative therapies for various conditions and one that comes up over and over again for psychological disorder si meditation. Is getting rid of PMDD with meditation a possibility though? Or is this just a new age placebo that brings no real lasting benefit to women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder?

Well if you have read any of my other posts on this site you will know my opinion on relying on just one method of getting rid of any condition. That it is impossible to approach any problem with one technique, remedy, drug or anything else – your body and mind require a holistic and multifaceted approach. So really what we want to know is if meditation is of benefit to this natural, holistic healing approach for PMDD?

Well lets look at what meditation is first. Some people think it is a spiritual thing and it is a part of many religions so this idea often puts people off, or gives them the wrong impression. Meditation can be used that way if you are inclined, but what it really is, is a way to improve your brains activities that have a psychological effect, and also a physical effect on your body.

Studies such as that by Jon Kabat-Zinn, M.D., and Zindel Segal, Ph.D. have shown that it lowers cortisol in your body caused by stress (which I covered in this post), improves memory function, and stop depression relapses among many benefits. This sort of scientific scrutiny shows that meditation which may have started as a mystics way of achieving calm is actually rooted in real science of the body and mind.

PMDD Diagnostic TestSo getting rid of PMDD with meditation is a possibility. It is not the only thing you need to do, but it can play a very important part of stress reduction, hormonal balancing and improving mood. Even when you are not in the last week of your menstrual cycle meditation will be a helpful part of staying healthy and happy as well!

For an easy way to meditate to get rid of PMDD, I recommend this site here: deep-zen. It can guide you through the process for beginners and make it easy with some very special scientifically designed meditation MP3s as well so check it out.

Cure for PMDD – Is There Hope?

I have mentioned a few times about the idea of a cure for PMDD that can be found to eliminate PMDD from your life completely. This is true to a degree, but the use of language I thought I better make special note of. This is mainly because the word “cure” is such a difficult word and often can bring a lot of false hope because it is misinterpreted.

The first thing I have to say is that there is no single cure of PMDD. there is no pill, or tonic, or herb, or food that will magically make the PMDD fairy go away. This is not possible for pretty much every disorder and condition ever to hurt human beings.

The second thing to say is that if you suffer form PMDD now, it is possible even if you tackle the root causes of this disorder that you can develop it again if you are not careful. Women with exactly the same lifestyles can be very differently effected at the end of the menstrual cycle. Some get mild PMD, other can develop PMDD. Sometimes this difference is genetic and you may always be predisposed to this condition.

So – enough of the bad news as I wanted to answer the question I posed in the title which is YES, there is hope. YES, you can effectively “cure” PMDD. YES, you can take action right away to uncover the root causes of the condition and change you circumstances to stop being effected by it!

PMDD Diagnostic TestThis comes from the experiences of many women who have given up drugs and pursued a more natural path to cure PMDD; but it is not a single thing as I mentioned.

To end PMDD you need to embark on a number of lifestyle changes from food, to exercise, to herbal remedies, stress relief and many more. It is the combination of these things that will fee up hormonal pathways, produce the right levels of mood stabilising brain chemicals, and lead to a normalising of the main hormones linked to the menstrual cycle that have caused all these problems.

The exact science behind this is quite complicated but in further posts I will elaborate more. For now, do not give up hope, there is a cure for PMDD that you can use to get your life back to normal!

Help for Severe PMDD

If you are suffering from a very bad case of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder then getting immediate help for severe PMDD will be high on your list of priorities. It should probably be the highest on this really because if sever PMS is PMDD – then sever PMDD is crippling to the point of incapacitation.

Very few women suffer this badly all the time but sometimes PMDD can get so bad as to drive some women to have suicidal thoughts, or to physically assault a loved one, or to become clinically depressed to the point they cannot even get out of bed. Some women feel that they are actually going insane when PMDD get so totally out of control they feel like their usually rational choices

At times like this I would advocate that perhaps some medication might be in order – but only if physical harm is going to be done to yourself or to others. Drugs will never get rid of PMDD but that can be helpful for severe PMDD that gets out of control. I would never advocate continual usage of medication for PMDD though because this becomes a dependence on the drug and will never cure PMDD, just make you feel it a little less while causing many more side effects.

There are some more natural remedies for PMDD that can help with reducing the severity of very bad PMDD though. Consider these options …

  • PMDD Diagnostic TestMagnesium Supplements– This supplement taken daily can help to boost your mood, improve the quality of your sleep and rest, give relief to cramping and pain, and is has even been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. Be aware of how much magnesium you already consume from food as well because too much magnesium can cause adverse effects such as diarrhoea and abdominal cramping. Extreme cases can cause kidney problems. See a nutritionist or doctor if you are worried about this but small supplementing can help.
  • Chasteberry Herbal Supplement – Otherwise Known as monk’s pepper, this herb is very recommended to help treatment of PMDD. Many symptoms of PMDD can be helped with this substance which is not too well understood. It has been shown however to help get rid of irritability, headaches, and mood swings.
  • Tryptophan– L-tryptophan is also known the stuff in turkey that makes you sleepy. It has been found to be very good for PMDD sufferers. In fact, it is one of the most often recommended supplements for PMDD help. It is shown to help reduce both severe physical and emotional symptoms associated with the condition.

Is There a PMDD Diet to Reduce PMDD Symptoms?

Forgive me from being so horribly clichéd but I have to say it – “You are what you eat”. This is definitely the case with a PMDD diet because PMDD is very effected by your choice of foods that you include (and do NOT include) in your regular diet.

What you consume fuels your body not just with energy you see although that is essential. The various vitamins and nutrients in different foods play a massive role in nominalising your hormones and regulating your moods. They also have far reaching consequences on so many other aspects of your health that one very famous man was quoted to say:

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease”. ~Thomas Edison

When you look into this more closely you will see just how correct this man is – however I believe it goes even further than just diet. A PMDD diet however is a major cornerstone of being able to cure PMDD for good and there are many foods you should be including – and many you need to completely reject from your diet too. Below are just a few important ones you need to be aware of:

In a PMDD Diet Do NOT Eat:

  • Non-Organic Chicken – This is bad stuff, chicken is great but if you get the usual supermarket variety then you are dancing with a whole bunch of extra hormones you do NOT need in your body. Chickens are fattened up and grown faster because they feed them many different growth hormones and steroids and so on. This makes it easy for them to get more bang for their buck, while polluting the chicken you eat with a cocktail of chemicals that will play havoc inside of you.
  • Processed Foods – Too many foods are stripped of many nutritional values to make sure they can survive longer on the supermarket shelf. This leads to them being high GI, and often full of chemicals that will cause serious ramifications hormone wise especially with women. The fresher the food the better.

In a PMDD Diet Do Eat:
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  • Fresh Vegetables – Not so much fruit, but vegetables are better for you. This may seem like common sense but lowering your meat intake and stacking up on vegetables is amazing in the difference it makes to your body. One important vegetable is green leafy vegetables (the absolute best) such as spinach.
  • High Protein foods – Many PMDD sufferers are very deficient in protein. Including some protein dense foods such as eggs, tofu, and beans in your diet (and limit amounts of lean meat) can help to balance this. This will in turn help you balance those hormones.
  • Turkey – Turkey contains an amino acid called L-tryptophan. This amino acid triggers the release of serotonin, which is a feel-good brain chemical. This is the reason many people who eat turkey feel relaxed, or even tired, after eating it. L-Tryptophan has a documented calming effect.

PMDD and PMS – An Explaination of The Difference

As I mentioned in my post “What Is PMDD”, there are many similarities between PMDD and PMS (or PMT, whatever you like to call it). They are intrinsically linked in symptoms and root causes, but there are significant differences between PMDD and PMS/PMT.

One reason to really nail this down is because PMDD is so often confused with PMS as to make many women with this very real condition feel like they are overreacting. This is a very sad state of affairs when one has PMDD because you already feel terrible and to have someone dismiss your problems like you are some hysterical women rather than one with a hormonal condition is appalling.

The simple answer is that PMDD is PMS amplified to extreme degrees so that it causes disorders that cripple a woman physically, emotional, and socially – but only for the last week or so of the menstrual cycle.

For example:
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  • On PMS you might get irritable and grumpy sometimes – On PMDD you might fly into a rage with hardly any provocation.
  • On PMS you may be a little down and sad – On PMDD you burst into crying fits over small things, or even nothing at all!
  • On PMS you might feel a little bit tired and overwhelmed – On PMDD you might have what would be classed as clinical depression for this period.
  • On PMS You might get some headaches and cramps – On PMDD you get extreme migraines and cramps that prevent you from living life to the fullest, or even to half way full!

This is just an example of the extremities that many women suffer when comparing PMDD and PMS. 7-10 days of this is a massive chunk out of every single month and should not have to be put up with by women and their loved ones. This is a condition that can be beaten by focusing not on drugs to mask the symptoms, but by tackling the root hormonal causes that bring them about.

PMDD Symptoms – Signs of PMDD

PMDD Diagnostic TestThere are many PMDD symptoms to be aware of, but as I mentioned in my previous post the main signs of PMDD are linked to the dysphoria that accompanies this disorder and defines it. That being said, not every woman suffers from the same set of symptoms. Some experience some aspects much worse than others, and other still do not suffer a great many of these symptoms. There is however a clear clinical definition that says you needs a certain amount of these symptoms of various sorts to be proven to be suffering from PMDD.

Personally, even if you do not have every single one of these symptoms, but you are close – I would treat yourself as having this condition. Not because I want to scare you, but if you take it seriously then there are ways to relieve these symptoms and eventually cure PMDD for good anyway.

Here is a list of common symptoms with special reference to the emotional turmoil aspects that are the real problems of this condition:

 

  • Depression, feelings of despair and hopelessness, generally lower and sadder moods.
  • Feeling totally out of control of your life and/or completely overwhelmed by life and its burdens
  • Sudden mood swings, often with angry outbursts, or sudden onsets of crying
  • Feeling on edge, anxious and panicky
  • Lacking interest in the usual things that gives you drive and motivation (school, work, hobbies etc)
  • Anger, irritability and interpersonal conflicts
  • Marked appetite change, overeating, food cravings.
  • Focus is lacking and concentration fades quickly
  • Fatigue, tiredness, loss of energy.
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia (sleeping too little, or too much)

Physical symptoms

  • Weight gain
  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness or swelling
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Muscle or joint aches and pains.

Now, to make sure these are symptoms of PMDD and not other underlying disorders, you must get these signs of PMDD in the last week of your menstrual cycle, and they MUST begin to fade fast after your period comes. If you are suffering these things in the first 2-3 weeks of your menstrual cycle then you might have a completely different mood disorder. Or you might have another disorder AND PMDD.

As always, take note of these things and see your doctor to confirm whatever problems you might be having, but makes sure you do your homework and investigate what symptoms you do have, and when you have them too.

What Is PMDD & Should You Be Worried If You Have It?

If you want to know what is PMDD, then you have probably got some idea of this condition aleady as this disorder is not as well known as it perhaps should be. Perhaps you have an inkling of some of the symptoms and see these things in yourself, or in loved ones and want to be more informed about what to expect, and what you can also do about it! Whatever your situation is, this blog is here to answer some of these questions and to start with you need to know the basics of what PMDD is!

PMDD stands for PreMenstrual Dysphoric Disorder which is quite a mouthful to say and can be a little confusing. We all know what premenstrual is, and what a disorder is, but what does dysphoric mean? That was the first question I had when researching this condition.

Dysphoric – An emotional state characterized by anxiety, depression, or unease.

This is the key point in PMDD, it is a disorder characterised by a set of emotional reactions during the premenstrual phase. There are many other symptoms of PMDD but when it is being classified it comes down to the psycholgical/emotional state that you entr during this period (and you must recover from this state once you start bleeding too).

One way to look at this is as a form of extremely bad PMS/PMT. I do not like to class it as such without explaining this though because just saying it is bad PMS diminishes just how dangerous and hurtful PMDD really is.

Think the difference between feeling sad and down – compared to clinical depression where you can hardly even get out of bed or eat. THAT is the sort of major difference between these menstrual problems are. However they are linked because many of the symptoms are the same, just elevated, and have more impact on your life with PMDD.

What this all adds up to is that PMDD is a disorder that happens in the last week of your menstrual cycle. This disorder is characterised by serious mood swings, depression, anxiety, feeligns of unease and even of absolute rage and anger too. There are also phsyical symptoms of cramping, lack of appetite or food cravings and many other things. These symptoms all fade very quickly once you start bleeding as your body and mind return to normal.

PMDD Diagnostic TestIf you suffer from PMDD then one week out of every month becomes a nightmare for yourself and those close to you and for the most part I bet you do not really know why. The base cause of this disorder is a jumble of different horm,onal problems all caused by the changes in your body before your period. TYhis is then made worse by a number of other factors in your life that have hormonal effects. The knowck on effects of this hormonal imbalance cause all of these symptoms and completely screw up the mood balancing chemicals in your brain.

So if you think this is you, or soemone you know – it is not just PMS, it is a much worse disorder that can be life wrecking.