Six Ways To Deal With The PMS “Hungries”

Six Ways To Deal With The PMS “Hungries”

I want all the food!

Many women experience PMS 1-12 days before their periods begin. The severity level ranges from person to person. One of the most common symptoms of PMS  has to do with our appetite.

A lot of us experience an increase in hunger and/or cravings for certain things leading up to when we start to bleed. It can be hard to control and distracting. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with the “hungries” and this post will show some of them.

First, what makes it even happen?

The short and obvious answer is hormones. They change, fluctuate, surge, drop etc. throughout our cycles prompting symptoms to occur. Estrogen and progesterone in particular are the hormones that are responsible for the “hungries.”

Estrogen is said to control our hunger when it is at a certain level in our bodies. When it drops, it is not controlling our hunger as well anymore. Progesterone is high in the second half of our cycles and is responsible for appetite increases.

Our serotonin levels (neurotransmitters that control our mood) also dip before our periods. This can make us crave certain things that will bring the level back up so that we feel better.

How to deal with the “hungries”

Being really hungry and/or craving specific things during PMS can be irritating (as if you weren’t already irritated enough!). Here are some things you can do to make life better:

  1. Allow some flexibility during this time- If you are into keeping your calories at a certain amount, consider adding some extra calories in during the days where your appetite is extra crazy.
  2. Know what food to not have around during this time- If you really get out of control when a certain food is around before your period, make sure to just not have it in your house.
  3. Get emotional support if needed- If you eat a lot due to your mood being low, consider seeking out some emotional help during this time. This may include meditation, watching inspirational videos, talking to a good friend, seeing a counselor online etc.
  4. Eat a higher fat, lower carb diet- Eating a low carb diet tends to keep many people fuller and it can also help balance hormones. Both of those things can help with the “hungries.”
  5. Magnesium and vitamin B6- Supplementing with these two things is said to help with cravings as well as other PMS symptoms. Make sure to not go above 100 mg of B6 due to the risk of nerve damage among other things.
  6. Have a “give in” day- You could have one day of the month where you just give in. Not necessarily binge but just let loose more than usual. One day of doing this is not going to make you fat.

Here are a few things that you should not do:

  1. Abuse appetite suppressants- Using things that will reduce your appetite is probably not a good idea.  They may make any irritation you have because of PMS, worse.
  2. Binge- If you feel the need to binge a lot, you should think about seeking help for it. You may have something called PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) which is a more severe form of PMS.  
  3. Trying to completely ignore your increased appetite- Doing this may make your mental state even worse during this time.

Hormone fluctuations can suck

Our hormones can rule us and make us feel different types of ways that are not always good. If you find yourself with a bottomless pit a few days before you start bleeding, you are totally normal!

Try healthy ways to make your belly more comfortable during the second half of your cycle.

Do you get the PMS “hungries?” How do you deal with it?

Thanks for reading!

#pms  #periodproblems  #hungry  #womenshealth  #hormones

Reliefband For Nausea + Review

Reliefband For Nausea + Review

If you have read my other posts, you would know that I have suffered from chronic nausea for the past five years. Although I have had it under better control lately, I still experience it once in a while.

There are already effective things that I keep around for when the nausea hits, but I have no qualms about trying new ones!

My husband recently bought me a Reliefband which is used to quell nausea. For this post I will be providing some information on it and giving my review.

What the product is and does

The Reliefband is for relieving nausea. It is like a motion sickness band in that you wear it on your wrist. What makes it different is that it is digital and provides electrical stimulation to the area instead of just pressure.

The types of nausea it says it treats are pregnancy sickness, motion sickness, chemotherapy, and post-operative sickness. It is said to be effective on its own but can be even better as an adjunct to other antiemetics.

There are five different nausea relief intensity levels to choose from. The company makes sure to state that the Reliefband may not work for some people even if it is at the highest setting.

The Reliefband comes with instructions and a small tube of conductivity gel. There are batteries pre-installed in the band, so it is ready to be tried out right when you get it. The batteries are said to last for up to 150 hours depending on the intensity levels you choose.

How to wear it

Just like motion sickness bands, the Reliefband is to be worn two finger-widths down the wrist. You are to put a small amount of the conductivity gel on this area and rub it in a circle, gently.

The band is to be placed on the gelled area with a tight fit. You then press the power button. To switch the intensity, you keep pressing the power button until you get the level you want it at. If you want to turn it off, you press the button and hold it.

Once it is on, you will feel an electrical pulsing up through your wrist. To know if you have it in the necessary spot, you are to close your hand. If you feel a tingling sensation in your palm and fingers, it is in the correct place. It must hit the median nerve for it to work at all.

If you plan on wearing the Reliefband throughout the day, you are to reapply the conductivity gel periodically so that it keeps working effectively. You can switch wrists if you need to as it should be on whichever one you feel the most tingling in.

It is splash-resistant, but you should still not immerse it in water. This means that you need to take it off if you are going to take a bath, shower or go swimming.

Wearing the Reliefband may cause skin irritation and allergic reactions if one has a latex allergy.

My review of the Reliefband

I was excited to try out this product and chose to use it during my fertile window when my stomach feels awful.

I loved that there is just one button that you need to press. When I want nausea relief, I do not want to have to fiddle around with something complicated.

I really appreciated the large sheet of information and instructions that it comes with. It explains everything very well. I am glad I did not throw it away which I sometimes do for things like that.

Getting it on the correct spot on my wrist was pretty easy. I also found it comfortable to wear.

The feeling of the electrical pulse was strange in my opinion and it took a little bit to get used it. It feels similar to when your limbs fall asleep. Not painful, just weird.

I turned it up to the highest intensity level due to my nausea usually being tough to break through. This increased the pins and needles feeling but it still was not painful.

In terms of nausea relief for that particular day, I can’t say I noticed a difference unfortunately. I used it by itself for a while and then I ended up having to take my other nausea relief things with it.

Even though I reapplied the conductivity gel periodically, I still ended up with an itchy rash and swelling. I am not allergic to latex so I am thinking the electrodes must have nickel in it (I have a nickel allergy). Or maybe I am just plain sensitive to it.

It might be hard to see but my skin was really irritated here.

Another thing I do not like about it is the cost. While it was nice of my husband to buy it for me, it is expensive and he really shouldn’t have. Way overpriced.

It may have not worked for me, but it might work for you

The Reliefband did not work for me unfortunately and the rash was uncomfortable to say the least. I am not opposed to try it out again if I am truly desperate for some relief though (that probably sounds crazy of me!).

There are many people who have been happy with it so do not let my review deter you from getting it if you are really interested.

Let me know what works for you for nausea!

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Buy it on Amazon:

#nausea  #health  #motionsickness #morningsickness #surgery  #chemotherapy  #periodproblems

Period Repair Manual + Review

Period Repair Manual + Review

I love to read books. Always have, always will. Whenever I see book recommendations on the forums I frequent, I usually end up buying them or at least looking them up on Amazon.

On a recent perusal of r/pcos, I came across a few people raving about a book called, Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden. It sounded right up my alley so I bought it.

In this post, I will provide some information on the book as well as my review on it!

About the author

The author of this book is named, Lara Briden. She is a naturopathic doctor with her own practice that focuses on hormonal health in women.

Lara has racked up a great amount of experience in this field and claims to have had many happy patients.

What a naturopathic doctor is

This type of medical practice is based on self-healing  through more natural methods. These include botanical medication, special diets, meditation, yoga and more.

To become a naturopathic doctor, one must start off with a bachelor’s degree that includes pre-medical courses. They then will enter a naturopathic medical school which is another four years.

Unfortunately, this type of medicine is considered non-evidence based. The terms, “quackery” and “scammy” are thrown around a lot in conversations about it.

About the book

The Period Repair Manual is a good sized book with a lot of content presented. The overall goal of the book is to help women fix hormonal problems, naturally.

There are different topics that the author touches on. Here are summaries of the information presented in each area:

  • Hormonal/menstrual cycle information: Lara goes in depth about the science behind our hormones and cycles. This includes what hormones our bodies produce, what our menstrual cycles consist of, what our periods should be like and what happens to our hormones as we age.
  • Problems with our menstrual cycles and conditions: The book talks a lot about things that can go wrong in our cycles (i.e. severe cramps and bad PMS) as well as conditions that can make our hormones get wacky. Some of these conditions mentioned are PCOS, endometriosis, inflammatory conditions, thyroid issues, gut microbiome imbalances, perimenopause and menopause.
  • Treatments: Lara has a lot of treatments that she recommends for the aforementioned problems and conditions. Changing up our diets is something she makes a case for. She also talks a lot about how avoiding wheat and dairy products. Some examples of supplements that she prescribes to her patients include turmeric, vitamin D, vitamin B6, NAC, licorice and many more.

Don’t be fooled when looking at these three short summaries-there is a ton of content! The book also includes resources and a list of the supplements she mentioned along with what they can be used for.

My personal review of the book

The Period Repair Manual was an enjoyable read for me. It was very interesting and I could not put it down.

I loved that the scientific explanations are written in a way that many people can understand. This means that readers will not feel alienated which is a wonderful thing.  Also, the way that she breaks up the text using subheadings increases its readability even more.

I have done a lot of reading about hormones but I definitely learned new things from Lara! For example, I experience post-menstrual syndrome which isn’t talked about a lot. In this book, I found out that it is because of my anovulatory cycles (cycles where I failed to ovulate). The author says that means that a lot of the periods I get are not actually true bleeds. Wow!

Reading about supplements is fun for me. I have heard of all of the ones that Lara mentioned but I did not know exactly what they could be used for in regards to hormones. For example, zinc is something the author talks about as being helpful for PCOS and PMS. I had no idea about that!

In my opinion, her stance on diet might be off putting to some. She seems to be against low carb diets which has shown to really help women with PCOS. Also, the “good” diet menu example she gives pretty much only works for those that make a lot of money.

The sections about detoxing the body made me cringe honestly. I have heard about detoxification from quite a few health gurus and it always seemed fake to me.

Lara talked about there being four types of PCOS. This was very interesting to me. I am still not sure which type I would fall under though.

The last thing I want to mention regarding what I liked about the book, is the review at the end. There is so much information that the author provides so it is nice to have some main take-away points.

I would recommend it

The Period Repair Manual had a lot of content and was really interesting. If someone is struggling with their hormones and cycle, this may be a great resource for them.

The author offers many treatments for the variety of issues that women can have. In my opinion, it is probably not a good idea to go out and buy every supplement she mentions though. One should do some extra research on them first.

If birth control is something that a woman wants to be on, that is their choice. This book is just giving alternative options.

My rating: 4.5/5

As always, thanks for reading!

The book:

Lara Briden’s blog:

#womenshealth  #books  #bookworm  #hormones  #menstrualcycle  #periodproblems  #pms  #health  #supplements

Vitamin B6: I Can’t Believe I Gave This Up!

Vitamin B6: I Can’t Believe I Gave This Up!

I have been suffering from worsening (like WAY worse) PMS symptoms for the past few months now. At first, I figured it was only due to the stress I have been from this whole pandemic situation. Thinking about it more has made me change my tune a little bit though.

I remembered about a year ago now that I had been looking up supplements to help my PMS symptoms. Vitamin B6 was one of the things I saw that could be of assistance. This prompted me to buy bottles of it and take it every day.

Back in January of this year, I abruptly stopped taking them for whatever reason. The other day I saw a bottle of them in the closet and it got me wondering. Could me not getting enough vitamin B6 in my daily life anymore be part of the cause of my intense PMS?

I decided to look into this vitamin a little more and discuss it in this post!

Why B6 supplementation for women and their hormones

Us women go through a lot each month when it comes to our hormones changing during our cycles. Some do have it easier than others though.

If you are like me, you might feel like you suffer way too much leading up to your period!

Something that is infuriating for women who suffer from PMS symptoms each month is the fact that there are people who think it does not exist. Ugh! I am no scientist, but I swear that it exists. It just has to!

When looking up ways to reduce the severity of PMS, vitamin B6 is something that gets mentioned in addition to birth control, diet and exercise. There is research showing it being effective in this regard.

The research articles conclude that supplementing with vitamin B6 may help women with physical PMS symptoms (bloating, breast pain, cramps, acne and headaches), mental PMS symptoms (moodiness, sadness, anxiety and irritability) and morning sickness (it could probably help with PMS nausea that some women feel).

It is thought that vitamin B6 may increase progesterone levels. The signs of low progesterone include mood changes, headaches, bloating and cramps. Sound familiar, huh?). This could be the reason as to why it may help women with hormonal related discomforts.

In a couple of studies it was also shown that combining this vitamin with magnesium increased the effectiveness of it in the reduction of PMS symptoms.

When taking vitamin B6 as a supplement, it is best to not take more than 100 mg per day. This is due to there being incidences of nerve damage when going beyond that amount. Foods high in vitamin B6 are salmon, lean beef, chicken, sweet potatoes, bananas, avocadoes, dairy products, broccoli, beans and lentils.

I have begun to take it again!

I am interested in seeing if adding B6 back into my diet will do anything for me. These days, I need all the help I can get when it comes to the severity of my PMS symptoms.  I have been dealing with intense anxiety, panic attacks, irritability (more than usual), increased breast pain and severe nausea again.

For the past three days, I have been taking 50 mg with my midday snack. I haven’t noticed anything yet, but I am guessing it will take a while if it is going to help at all.  

Because chickpeas are considered high in vitamin B6, I will be using up the copious amounts that we have in the pantry. I found some great recipes on Pinterest that use them. This is the one I will be trying this week:

How bad is your PMS and what symptoms do you get each month? Also, how do you deal with them?

As always, thanks for reading this!

#pms  #womenshealth  #periodproblems  #vitamins  #supplements  #covid19  #stayathome

Postmenstrual Syndrome

Postmenstrual Syndrome

Yes, I typed that title in correctly. Most people talk about Premenstrual syndrome as being a mild to hell-on-earth affliction. Not many people talk about Postmenstrual syndrome though.

It does exist. I refuse to believe that I am the only one to experience it.

What postmenstrual syndrome is

Simple…it is a collection of symptoms that occur after your period instead of before. The same symptoms can occur which include nausea, lightheadedness, fatigue, headaches, cravings, cramps, bloating, irritability, acne breakouts, sadness etc.

One can get premenstrual syndrome as well as postmenstrual syndrome (that really sucks to have both). Or one might have no premenstrual syndrome symptoms at all and then only postmenstrual syndrome symptoms for a week after the period ends.

What causes it

From what I have read, it is all down to wonky hormones. It is said to be something that can happen if you have a cycle where you did not ovulate and/or you have PCOS (hey, that sounds familiar!).

I also read that insulin resistance may cause postmenstrual syndrome.

My experiences with it

I am dealing with it as I type this. There have been other cycles where I dealt with it as well. I hate that it happens.

For this cycle, I did not have my usual premenstrual syndrome symptoms that happen around five days before I start bleeding. Since my husband and I did have sex during what was supposed to be my fertile window, I was thinking that maybe I had fallen pregnant ( pipe dream!).

It definitely wasn’t pregnancy. I got my period like clockwork and it was pretty heavy too. There were no cravings,bloating, nausea, shakiness, lightheadedness, sadness, irritability, sore breasts and bleeding gums beforehand as usual.

Like the other times this has happened, I felt lucky. Unfortunately I wasn’t lucky because all of the aforementioned symptoms started happening right after I stopped bleeding.

It sucks because these are supposed to be the days during the cycle where I feel great physically, mentally, emotionally and cognitively. Now I am sitting here feeling sick and snapping at people.

What I am going to do about it

I have been saying this for a while now but I need to start watching my carbs. It is time to do this especially because I do think I have an issue with insulin resistance. I have been feeling tired after meals that were heavy on carbs.

If doing this can help me with my pre and post menstrual syndrome symptoms than it is something I must keep working on. I don’t know how to stop falling off of the bandwagon though.

Have you dealt with postmenstrual syndrome before? What were your experiences with it?

Thanks for reading!

#pms #womenshealth #insulinresistance #prediabetes #pcos #pcosawareness #hormones