Did you know that there is a better way to dealing with PMS than popping Advil every month? Painkillers help to reduce cramps and pain quickly in the moment, but it simply masks the symptoms that many women experience each month. And while many of us have become accustomed to dealing with PMS when our period is about to start, it is not something we were meant to always deal with for our entire lives. PMS is a symptom of hormonal imbalance.
While it can be dificult to narrow down the causes of hormonal balance, we do know that there are many contributing factors and reasons as to why we experience hormonal imbalance. Environmental factors such as xenoestrogens and chemicals, stress, lack of sleep, nutritional deficiencies, inflammatory foods, and birth control pills are just a few of the things that can cause hormonal imbalance.
PMS is so common that we think of it as normal, but we'd like to get you thinking a little bit as opposed to just accepting PMS. When anything feels uncomfortable, off, or imbalanced in the body- it is a signal. These signals and signs are our magnificent bodies communicating with us and letting us know that something is not quite right. Often we don't make a big deal about little imbalances and put up with them for months, years, and even lifetimes. BUT, little imbalances (including hormonal imbalance) add up over time and can be contributing factors to development of more serious disease, and even cancer.
In order to prevent cancer (and also to feel so much better in general, because, really, who wants to suffer from PMS?), we want to help you ease your PMS and balance your body. When you balance your hormones, you automatically reduce your risk of developing cancer.
Raspberry Creamsicle Smoothie:
Cancer and PMS Preventing Nutrients:
B-vitamin Complex - spinach, bananas, and cashews
B vitamins, especially B6, are essential for the liver to properly detox excess estrogen out of the body. B6 can help reduce bloating and water retention, as well as support the proper functioning of neurotransmitters which helps keep you feeling happy
Magnesium- coconut water, spinach
Magnesium helps to relax muscles and can reduce cramps during the menstrual cycle. Magnesium is also calming for the nervous system, which can help combat emotional and physical stress.
Raspberry leaf has traditionally been used as a tonic herb, which tones the uterus and reproductive system. Drinking raspberry leaf tea is a great way to support the uterine muscles so that they are calm. Eating fresh raspberries is not as strong as using the dried leaf form of the berry, but the berries are still a great choice for women to eat. Like all berries, raspberries have cancer preventing nutrients.
Raspberry Creamsicle Smoothie
½ cup coconut milk 1 cup coconut water
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
2 cups spinach, chopped
1 banana (or you can use pear or dates as a sweetener) 3 Tbsp cashews
Blend it all up until creamy and delicious.