My menstrual cycle has become very bothersome over the past few months.
Q. Dear Terry, “My menstrual cycle has become very bothersome over the past few months. I’ve been experiencing bloating, irritability, cramps, and pain, among other symptoms. My doctor recommended an over-the-counter for my symptoms, but I would like to try natural options first. What can naturally help with my PMS symptoms?” — Maddie H., Long Beach, CA
A. Dear Maddie, I believe our exposure to xenoestrogens (toxins that mimic estrogen in the body) is causing huge disturbances to our natural hormone balance. When estrogen becomes out of balance in women, it can lead to a variety of symptoms, including the PMS you are experiencing.
While estrogen is necessary for good health, it goes through a life cycle that can transform it into unhealthy and unfavorable forms. Diindolylmethane (DIM) is a compound from cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage that, when combined with other powerful botanicals, can help to maintain the right form of estrogen, while increasing detoxification of the wrong forms of estrogen.
I recommend taking DIM that has been clinically studied, once or twice per day.
To assist with the detoxification of xenoestrogens and other unfavorable forms of estrogen, I believe curcumin is incredibly important. Your liver is the detoxification door through which the “estrogen trash” needs to pass on its way out of the body and to prevent it from accumulating in the body. The curcumin I recommend is blended with turmeric essential oil for enhanced absorption and even better cellular protection.
Lastly, I think French grape seed extract is also very important for improving hormone balance. It is a known aromatase enzyme inhibitor, which prevents the conversion of androgens into estrogens. The grape seed extract I think is best contains low-molecular weight oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) that are much easier for the body to absorb and utilize.
I would also take curcumin and French grape seed extract, once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally