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Whenever my menstrual cycle is near, I gain so much weight.

Q. Hello Terry, “Whenever my menstrual cycle is near, I gain so much weight. I try exercising more and eating healthy, but the weight remains, usually for several days to a week after my cycle. It’s so frustrating because none of my clothes fit! Do you have any suggestions?” — Alex R., Salt Lake City, UT 

A. Dear Alex,  B vitamins, particularly B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phosphate, or P-5-P, when combined with magnesium are excellent at reducing water retention associated with menstrual cycles. Vitamin B6 helps the liver process hormones more efficiently and balance sodium levels, leading to a reduction in bloating and other PMS symptoms as well. In one study, supplemental vitamin B6 helped reduce breast tenderness, headaches, and weight gain due to water retention.

Magnesium deficiency can also cause or be a contributing factor to water retention. Other symptoms of magnesium deficiency include depression, fatigue, anxiety, and hormone imbalances, which closely mimic many of the symptoms associated with PMS.

I would take 30 mg of P-5-P and 100 mg of magnesium three to four times per day.

For additional support, you may also want to consider adding chasteberry to your daily regimen. Doctors in Germany widely prescribe chasteberry for menstrual cycle irregularities. Results from clinical studies have been impressive, showing it to be effective for most PMS complaints, such as mood swings, irritability, headaches, cramping, and bloating. I recommend taking 20 mg of chasteberry daily, as it is more effective when taken on a consistent basis.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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