3 Misconceptions About PMS And 5 Tips To Bust it

By March 3, 2016News



It breaks my heart to think that PMS is still ruining the lives of women and their families all over the world, especially as I know there is no need to suffer with PMS at all. The symptoms can be overcome naturally; without having to resort to drugs or hormones. Premenstrual symptoms are related to low levels of nutrients in the body and our lifestyle. According to findings of studies undertaken by the Women’s Nutritional Advisory Service, when we learn how to meet our needs and redress the balance in our body, in over ninety per-cent of cases, symptoms completely disappear.

Nevertheless, it is a very real condition and when left untreated can contribute greatly to the break-up of a marriage, feelings of violence and aggression, which are often taken out on small children and partners or deep depression, prior to the onset of a period.

Although many people think that PMS is something that occurs for only a couple of days a month, it’s not uncommon for women to experience symptoms for up to two weeks a month prior to their period.

You would think with all the advancements in science women with PMS wouldn’t still be being fobbed off by their doctors with antidepressants or hormones that have been shown not to work. These days it’s not so easy to hide away at home at this vulnerable and challenging time of the month as many of us live a fast pace demanding lifestyle.

Common PMS symptoms reported are anxiety, irritability, mood swings, nervous tension, depression, crying and confusion but physical symptoms can be just as difficult to cope with. These include breast tenderness, weight gain, craving for sweet foods, abdominal bloating, headache, fatigue and clumsiness.


Whilst the symptoms of PMS are obviously linked to the hormonal changes of the menstrual cycle, PMS is not actually due to a lack or excess of any one hormone. No consistent hormonal abnormality has been found in women with PMS. Although sufferers seem more sensitive to the natural changes in hormones in the menstrual cycle, commonly influenced by diet, stress and nutrition. And antidepressants, which are doled out like candy, serve only as a Band Aid solution at best and for some only bring another set of symptoms known as side effects.


Despite the fact that most doctors can’t test levels of important nutrients, and without disrespect, probably wouldn’t know how to interpret most of the test anyway, the trace mineral Magnesium, plays a key role. It has been shown in three published medical studies that between 50 – 80 percent of women with PMS have low levels of magnesium in their red blood cells. Magnesium has a profound effect on brain chemistry and hormone function. Low levels are associated with many common PMS symptoms. Magnesium taken together with B vitamins, zinc, iron, essential fatty acids, calcium and other nutrients play an effective role in treating PMS and have been shown in clinical studies to positively influence both brain chemistry and hormone function.

Social substances including tea, coffee, alcohol, sugar and cigarettes all have an adverse effect upon the balance of essential vitamins and minerals. As a rule they either increase the bodies demand for them, reduce their absorption or prevent their utilization. Tea and coffee together with chocolate contain caffeine, which may produce excessive stimulation of the nervous system, aggravating anxiety, irritability and insomnia.

Five Tips to Beat PMS

  • Avoid caffeine and used natural alternatives including Redbush and other herb tea, and coffee substitutes that are caffeine free
  • Avoid salt and salty food as salt tends to drag fluid into our cells, and we already consume far more salt than our body actually needs in the form of hidden salt.
  • Reduce your intake of animal fat, choosing lean cuts of meat, substitute sunflower and vegetable oil based spreads instead of butter, and avoid fried foods.
  • Eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, salads and oily fish such as mackerel, herring, salmon, pilchards and sardines.
  • And ensure you exercise at least 4 or 5 times a week to the point of breathlessness. This helps to release the brain chemicals known as endorphins which give us a sense of wellbeing.

Further details about how to overcome PMS can be found in my book “No More PMS” For advice and for details about a tailor made programme get in touch via the Contact section of this website or email my assistant emma@maryonstewart.com or call her: 07966 927 866.

See Marin’s story relating to PMS & Perimenopause.