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I once read a funny article in an airplane magazine entitled "Questions a guy should NEVER ask a girl."

They included things like:
  • "Are you sure that looks good on you?"
  • "Are you going to put on some makeup to cover that pimple?"
  • "Is that your natural hair color?"
And the granddaddy of them all:  "Are you PMSing or something?"

The article made me laugh, but in all seriousness, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) is NOT a laughing matter.

Let's take a closer look at this very serious condition and ways you can get tremendous relief.

PMS--not very funny at all
Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) affects as many as four out of 10 women in their reproductive years, and for at least one out of 10, it can be severe and downright debilitating.

Symptoms of PMS can include:
  • Monthly weight gain (three to five pounds or more)
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Moodiness, nervousness or irritability
  • Bloating
  • Uterine cramps
  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Sugar or bread cravings
  • Breast tenderness
  • Low back pain
It’s not in your head!
Unfortunately, for a long time PMS was viewed as not a "real" condition or as being "all in a woman's head."  As a result, many women were misdiagnosed in the past, and/or not treated properly.

A traditional approach has been to prescribe drugs (usually antidepressants or anti-anxiety meds) to address the psychological aspects of PMS. 

But since the emotional effects are just part of the picture, and since the drugs come with a potential hefty price in terms of monetary cost, risk of dependence and dangerous side effects, the medication route has been marginally effective at best.

Thankfully, now many doctors are taking a closer look at the underlying factors behind PMS and helping women tackle this very real problem at its sources.

Here are some of the most common causes and contributing factors to PMS:
  • Excess estrogen
  • Progesterone deficiency
  • Hypothyroidism (low thyroid function)
  • Stress
  • A diet too high in sugar or bad fats
  • Nutrient deficiencies
PMS is typically the result of a combination of at least two of those factors.

Get relief NOW!
There are very safe, effective, natural answers to the major underlying PMS factors...and countless women are feeling a WHOLE lot better each month as a result!

Here are some measures you can try:

Exercise
Exercise is a great natural stress-reducer, which can help with the role stress plays with PMS. 

It can also help ease the uterine cramps and low back pain associated with PMS.

And let's not forget this one--exercise can help you shed excess pounds from PMS alone or PMS-related sugar cravings!

I know exercise is a four-letter word to a lot of people, but there's no getting around it--you can't beat its extensive health benefits and that includes relief from PMS symptoms!

Just remember you don't need to do a triathlon or be the next Olympic gold medalist.  Pick an activity you can tolerate, get your doctor’s approval and do it at least four days a week.

Balance your intestinal flora
Your liver helps eliminate excess estrogen by grabbing it from your bloodstream, attaching it to a molecule called glucuronic acid and putting it in your intestines to be excreted with your feces. 

This helps encourage a healthier estrogen/progesterone ratio which can make a huge difference to PMS sufferers. 

What can throw a monkey wrench into this is if you don't have a healthy intestinal flora balance.

You see, certain harmful bacteria in the gut break apart the "glucuronic acid-estrogen" bond and allow the estrogen to seep back into circulation...which can add to PMS symptoms (as well as increase your risk for estrogen dependent cancers).

What has been recommended by experts to help turn this around is a probiotic supplement that contains both Bifidobacterium bifidum and Lactobacillus acidophilus, with a total dose of at least 5 billion live probiotic bacteria.

And Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula meets and EXCEEDS these recommendations!

Super Shield contains top-shelf strains of Bifidobacterium bifidum and Lactobacillus acidophilus (including the well-researched L. acidophilus DDS-1) plus 12 other strains that together give you a whopping 7.25 billion CFUs in every single capsule!

Plus Super Shield's friendly bacteria will also help break down fiber and encourage more regular bowel movements, which can support your body’s efforts to eliminate excess estrogen (and help make constipation a thing of the past for you!).

Eat a well-rounded diet and avoid bad fats & refined carbs
It's a fact—eating too many refined carbs and bad fats (especially trans-fats) makes PMS symptoms WORSE.

And so do nutrient deficiencies--particularly deficiencies in the B vitamins and magnesium.

So to have a chance at any lasting PMS relief, it's crucial to have a diet that includes a variety of real foods while avoiding processed foods, fast food and "the whites"--foods made with white flour and sugar. 

That will help ensure that you're limiting refined carbs and bad fats AND getting a variety of nutrients that your body so desperately needs.

Plus you also need to make sure your body is actually absorbing those nutrients...and that comes from sound digestion.

What can help you achieve both of these important goals is the Great Taste No Pain health system.

Great Taste No Pain features loads of delicious recipes and ideas for enjoying nutrient-packed real foods that taste outstandingly good.

Plus it shows you the best foods to pair together to help encourage easier digestion, better absorption of nutrients and less gas and bloating. 

Get sources of tryptophan
The amino acid tryptophan is one of the 8 essential amino acids, meaning your body can’t synthesize it from other amino acids so you must get it from your diet. 

Tryptophan is also the precursor to serotonin, your body’s natural antidepressant.

So not only can being low in this amino acid be a factor in the development of depression, but studies have shown it also can affect PMS symptoms too!

In one study performed at the University of Otago in New Zealand, researchers observed that tryptophan depletion caused a significant aggravation of premenstrual symptoms, particularly irritability.

Natural sources of tryptophan include turkey, chicken, beef, pork, lamb, cheese, milk, yogurt, fish and eggs.

Consider thyroid testing and progesterone therapy
If it’s been a while since you had your thyroid checked, have your doctor test it to see if this could be contributing to your symptoms.  If so, the proper treatment can make a huge difference in how you feel.

In addition, some women have gotten tremendous relief with progesterone therapy.
 
If you want to see if this can make a difference for you, check with your doctor or a holistic practitioner. 

And if you happen to be in the New York City area, contact Dr. John Salerno at the Salerno Center for Complementary Medicine in Manhattan.
 
Ladies, when you address the root causes of PMS with safe, natural measures, a whole new world of feeling great every day of the month can open up for YOU.

PS:  Remember--our new multi-vitamin formula Super Core is coming soon!  I’ll let you know as soon as it’s available!

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