Although there are no hard statistics, it is estimated that 70 to 75 percent of American women between the ages of fourteen and fifty suffer from PMS.

Five percent have symptoms so severe as to be incapacitating, while 30 to 40 percent report symptoms severe enough to disrupt their daily activities.

Stress is a huge trigger of PMS because it impacts both estrogen and progesterone levels. In addition, stress increases the occurrence of intestinal yeast, which produces estrogen-like substances. When a woman is under stress, her progesterone levels plummet because progesterone converts into adrenal hormones to meet the demands of the overworked adrenal glands, thus creating the hormonal imbalance that contributes to PMS.

PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is related to hormonal imbalance,involving the ratio of estrogen to progesterone. PMS results from inadequate levels of progesterone in the second half of the menstrual cycle.

This creates an “estrogen dominant” situation, which results in blood-sugar irregularities, depression, water retention, and more.

Estrogen dominance occurs more often in women these days because of xenoestrogens (foreign estrogens) from environmental pollutants like pesticides, plastic-lined cans, and so forth. In addition, beef, poultry, and milk products are laden with growth hormones that can contribute to estrogen dominance. Stress lowers progesterone levels, leaving women vulnerable to estrogen dominance.

Symptoms of PMS include low back pain, fatigue, breast tenderness,bloating, irritability, carbohydrate cravings, cramps, constipation, irregular periods, skin eruptions, depression, and anxiety. These symptoms occur during the second half of the menstrual cycle and intensify during the week just before the onset of a period.

Dietary considerations
Buy organic meat, milk and milk products, and organic canned foods to avoid chemicals that create xenoestrogens. Eat dark leafy greens and whole grains. Add soy and flaxseed, or other sources of essential fatty acids, to your diet.

Supplement support for PMS
PMS sufferers have been grouped into four categories according to their symptoms by Guy A. Abraham, MD, but some physicians have gone so far as to add a fifth category that includes painful periods, cramps, low back pain, nausea, and vomiting. Specific supplementation is helpful to each different set of symptoms.

Homeopathic helps
For low back pain or cramps, take five pellets of the following at the onset of pain, and repeat every fifteen minutes until symptoms abate:
• Cimicifuga: 12C
• Magnesia phosphorica: 12C
• Nux vomica: 12C