PMS is a symptom of imbalance in the body. Women's hormones can be thrown off balance due to stress, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, toxicity, and a host of other factors. The two hormones estrogen and progesterone are closely interrelated and work together to achieve ovulation and menstruation. When these hormones are not in the proper ratio, PMS symptoms may occur.
A majority of the time women with PMS symptoms have an excess of estrogen, but they may also have an imbalance of progesterone. Estrogen is broken down primarily in the liver, but also in the gut. If a women's liver is taxed and her gut is unhealthy, there is greater likelihood that she will have problems breaking down estrogen. This inability of the liver to break down estrogen can be a major contributor to dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation.
Xenoestrogens are estrogen mimickers that disrupt normal hormonal activity in our bodies. Pesticides, BPA, and parabens are some of the chemicals that mimic estrogen and cause imbalances in the human body. They are also difficult to detoxify through the liver, putting an extra burden on the liver. It is impossible to avoid all xenoestrogens in our modern world, but you can make choices in the products you buy to limit exposure.
- Buy organic or hormone-free animal products and organic produce, skin and hair-care products without parabens, pthalates, and phenoxyethanols.
- Don't use heated plastics, plastic lined items and styrofoam, as the polycarbonate escapes when heated.
- Any plastic that says, "microwave safe" may be leaching polycarbonate into your food. In general, don't store any of your food in plastic containers. Storing your food in glass containers is probably the safest way to store any food.