small_5243046749Its that time of the month again! Women have the pleasure of feeling common symptoms of premenstrual syndrome: increased cravings, bloating, can’t seem to settle that appetite, and the moods can be quite the roller coaster.  This is a symptom of hormonal imbalance.

PMS is a common syndrome that many women feel. There are various types as well such as:

PMS-A (anxiety) is believed to be related to high levels of estrogen and deficiency of progesterone. Women experience irritability, anxiety, and emotional lability.

PMS-C (carbohydrate craving) is of unclear cause but may be related to enhanced intracellular binding of insulin. Women with this subtype experience increased appetite, sugar and carbohydrate craving, headache, and heart palpitations.

PMS-D (depression) is most likely caused by low levels of estrogen, which lead to excessive breakdown of neurotransmitters. Low estrogen levels may be caused by enhanced adrenal androgen or progesterone secretion.

PMS-H (hyperhydration) is the result of increased water retention secondary to elevations of aldosterone.  Elevations of aldosterone in the premenstrual period may be the result of excess estrogen, excessive salt intake, stress, or magnesium deficiency. Women with this subtype report weight gain, breast tenderness and fullness, swelling of the hands and feet, and abdominal bloating.

Do you need help with regulating your hormones? Do you experience one of these types of PMS symptoms? Contact Dr. Melissa Lee ND for more information at Insight Naturopathic Clinic.