PMDD Symptoms

  1. abdominal distention
  2. bloating
  3. cravings
  4. altered libido
  5. breast swelling
  6. pain
  7. weight gain
  8. dizziness
  9. headaches
  10. fainting
  11. fatigue
  12. insomnia
  13. acne
  14. pain
  15. hair loss
  16. minor accidents

PMDD Mindset/Emotional Feelings

  • Aggression
  • Angry outbursts
  • forgetfulness
  • restfulness
  • depression
  • loneliness
  • poor judgment
  • tearfulness

Postpartum rage

Postpartum rage

Are you wondering why you’re so angry?

You may have something called PMDD, Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or really bad PMS.

PMDD Symptoms

  1. depressed mood/hopelessness
  2. anxiety, on edge
  3. sad/tearful/rejected
  4. marked anger
  5. disinterest in activities
  6. lack of energy
  7. change in appetite overeating
  8. insomnia
  9. out of control-overwhelmed
  10. physical symptoms; breast tenderness, headache, bloat
  11. plus.. affects work, school, relationships for at least 2 consecutive months

The difference between PMS and PMDD is the severity of symptoms

PMDD treatment?

  • Step #1 – Eliminate or minimize coffee, alcohol, tobacco, and sugar, a diet high in protein – at least days 14-28.
  • Reduce sodium with fluid retention and diary with constipation
  • Step #2 – Add in a hormone modulator like Chaste Berry
  • Step #3 – Add in Adaptogens
  • Step #4 – Integrate the #1 natural antidepressant – St. johns wort
    Step #5 – Exercise, meditation, journaling, yoga massage, baths
  • Step #6 – address your liver health by adding in bupleurm

Watch this video below to learn more:



6 Steps to reduce PMS

6 Steps to reduce PMS

What if you never had PMS?

How would it improve your life?

In this post, I’ll share the common type of PMS symptoms and how you can reduce them in six simple steps.

First, what is PMS?

PMS meaning

PMS or premenstrual syndrome refers to the physical and emotional symptoms that occur in the one to two weeks before your period – usually days 14-28.

PMS Symptoms

Symptoms are cyclical and vary between women and often end 1-2 days after your period begins.

Common symptoms include

  • acne
  • tender breasts
  • bloating
  • feeling tired
  • irritability
  • mood changes
  • constipation

👉And, PMS can be worse after having children due to hormonal changes.

Also.. there are 4 types of PMS!!

Amazing, right?


How long does PMS last?

First, it’s important to note, there is a wide range of variations of women’s cycles including timing, bleeding, and symptoms. It’s essential you discover what is “normal” for YOU. {I LOVE the app My Flo, created by Alisa Vitti, to help you chart your cycle and get to the root of your symptoms.}

What is a ‘normal’ cycle?

Menstruation occurs between the ages of 12 and 50 years and lasts 3-6 days for most women, arising once in a 25-28 day cycle. More extended periods (>8days) are associated with anovulation or no ovulation.

The most substantial flow tends to be day 2 of the sequence; losing about 30-80 ml of blood total.

And, If you are between 30-40 years of age…..

Due to a decline in ovarian function, women between the ages of 30-40 will experience a change in their irregularity, frequency, duration, and amount of blood loss during their cycle. Women in their 30s experience a shortening of their cycle due to increased production of FSH.¹

Then 2-8 years before menopause, the period lengthens again in preparation for the change, the average age of menopause in the US is age 51.

Factors that affect your menstrual cycle

  • Stress
  • changes in light exposure
  • sleep patterns
  • diet
  • travel
  • amount of exercise
  • illness can all affect the endocrine glands (these glands include the pineal gland, pituitary gland, pancreas, ovaries, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, hypothalamus, and adrenal glands) which determines our cycle.

Other factors affecting our cycle include; a woman’s nutritional status, body weight, attitudes and beliefs about menstruation, and environmental and workplace exposures.

PMS Treatment in 6 easy steps

#1 Track your cycle

Use a new app or the calendar on your phone to chart your period. The first day of bleeding is considered Day 1, Day 14 you may notice some cramping and change of cervical fluid during ovulation, Day 25-28 you may experience some premenstrual symptoms before your period arrives.

Your cycle is unique to you and by tracking it; you can see any changes that may occur and encourage some self-nurturing practices before your period to get back on track. This also can provide valuable detailed information for when you would like to explore a health consultation.

#2 Eat Whole Foods

  • Overall you want to consume fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains, and cold water fish.
  • Add a good quality oil (like olive oil or walnuts) and essential fatty acids (think flaxseeds, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds to name a few) to each meal.
  • Stabilize your blood sugar throughout the day by eating often and adding good fats and proteins to each meal.

If you struggle with constipation, add 1 tbs. of flaxseeds daily from day 14-28. Also, consider removing dairy and meat during the last half of your cycle; especially if you struggle with breast pain as well.

**I like to add mung beans to week 3 of my cycle, filled with B vitamins, they can decrease bloating and PMS symptoms. Alisa Vitti, creator of the Myflo app does a fantastic job of breaking down the foods we need each week during the month to reduce unwanted symptoms.

Wondering which herbs can help you fight to bloat and monthly pain? Grab this freebie

#3 Exercise

Moving your body most days of the week can improve your mood, reduce stress and encourage bone mineralization which supports a healthy cycle. As your mood changes weekly, your exercise should change too.

  • Day 14-28 you may have more energy and want to run, hike and bike.
  • Day 1-14 you may wish to do more yoga, dance or Pilates. Listening to your body will result in a healthy cycle.

#4 Reduce Stress

Reducing your stress can be very powerful and useful for women with irregular cycles.

  • Cutting out caffeine
  • for adequate rest
  • and learning to say “no” to events on Day 1 and Day 2 of your period can encourage a positive experience each month.

👉Herbal adaptogens and botanicals that soothe the nervous system can improve your stress response, promote relaxation, and reduce cramps, PMS, and bloat each month. Say bye-bye to Advil and hello to herbs to aid digestion, reduce pains, and ease PMS anxiety.

👉Try these herbal remedies to reduce your stress:https://taragregorio.com/7-natural-remedies-for-everyday-stress-anxiety/

#5 Your Attitudes & Beliefs

Our bodies’ pain creates unhealthy thoughts and poor self-image. By cultivating a sense of nourishment each month, you can begin to enjoy the rest that our cycle allows. On day one make yourself a cup of tea, journal, go for a walk or curl up in bed with a good book.

One of the first books my mother gave me and I still own is; “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” by Christine Northrup, M.D. She says

“We can reclaim the wisdom of the menstrual cycle by tuning in to our cyclic nature and celebrating it as a source of our female power.”-Christine Northrup, M.D.

#6 Reduce Environmental Exposures

Chemicals in our environment can mimic estrogen in our bodies, and they are known as exogenous estrogens. Many of these compounds are endocrine disruptors that affect our cycle and also may contribute to reproductive problems and cancers.

To reduce your exposure to these toxins avoid foods that readily absorb the leached material from plastics like dairy foods. By removing plastic from our foods (think plastic-wrapped cheese) and reducing the number of water bottles that touch our lips; we reduce our overall exposure to these harmful chemicals.

You can also reduce your exposure to chemicals by purchasing..

  • organic tampons
  • pads
  • condoms
  • vaginal lube from companies like; organique or sustain.

#7 Add in botanicals



PMS is common but not necessary. You don’t have to suffer every month and suppress the pain. Getting to the root of your discomfort will help alleviate your monthly stress and possibly improve fertility.

Your diet, particularly removing dairy and meat, may decrease cramps and breast pain. By improving elimination with an increase in fiber, you can reduce bloating and constipation and help your body eliminate excessive estrogens.



P.S. Are you struggling with PMS? Book a health consultation to get fast relief! Book it here.



¹Romm, A. Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health. Churchill Livingstone, 2010

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