Mark the Week & feed the mood :)
Most women with PMS experience only a few problems. Some of the following symptoms can be attributed to PMS:
• Abdominal bloating
• Abdominal cramps
• Breast tenderness or swelling
• Stress or anxiety
• Trouble falling asleep (insomnia)
• Joint or muscle pain
• Mood swings
There have been more than 200 identified symptoms of PMS. The exact symptoms and their intensity vary from woman to woman. And so the notion to try understanding it or completely avoiding it is ridiculous. The intensity of PMS can be hereditary.
If PMS seems extreme it could be PMDD, (Premenstrual dysphoric disorder) which affects 3% to 8% of women
• feelings of deep sadness or despair, possible suicide ideation
• feelings of tension or anxiety
• panic attacks
• mood swings, crying,
• lasting irritability or anger, increased interpersonal conflicts
• apathy or disinterest in daily activities and relationships, yeast infections
• difficulty concentrating
• food cravings or binge eating
• insomnia or hypersomnia
• feeling "out of control",
• increase or decrease in sex drive.
• increased need for emotional closeness,
• physical symptoms: bloating, heart palpitations, breast tenderness, headaches, joint or muscle pain, swollen face
Five or more of these symptoms may indicate PMDD. Women who have PMS also have an increased risk for clinical depression.
Studies show that it is due to a lack in Serotonin in the brain that some of these irrational behaviours occur. Serotonin is found in mushrooms and plants, including fruits and vegetables. The highest values have been found in nuts of the walnut and hickory genuses. Serotonin has also been found in aubergine, pineapple, banana, kiwifruit, plums, and tomatoes.
So lots of cuddles, maybe mushrooms on toast for breakfast, a fresh fruit salad for dessert and come on guys & gals get your pinny’s on in advance and make sure there is plenty walnut cake in the kitchen!!