3 Simple Steps to Naturally Treat PMS

3 Simple Steps to Naturally Treat PMS
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    Hey everyone, this is Dr. Ruscio.
    Let's discuss three simple steps you can take to improve your female hormone balance, especially
    if you're suffering with PMS, irritability, mood swing, or cramps.
    There's good news.
    There are three fairly simple, effective and natural things that you can do to improve
    those symptoms.
    Let me start off by documenting one of these, which is vitamin D. Then we'll talk about
    gut health, and then we'll talk about some herbal supplements that can also help you.
    But the big thing I want to touch on today—and we'll cover two studies to substantiate this—is
    that vitamin D seems to be able to help women with the symptoms of PMS.
    So let's jump in by looking at the two studies that have documented this.
    Firstly, I'll put the abstract up here on the screen.
    "High dose vitamin D supplementation can improve menstrual problems, dysmenorrhea,
    and premenstrual syndrome in adolescents."
    So these authors start: "Vitamin D has a crucial role in female reproduction, possibly through
    its effects on calcium homeostasis, cyclic sex steroid hormone fluctuations or neurotransmitter
    They set up a study where they looked at just under 900 adolescent girls and put them on
    once-weekly 50,000 IUs of vitamin D. That would break down to about 7,000 IUs per
    Of the vitamin D that I use in the clinic, that's about three to four drops.
    It sounds like a lot, but it's actually not a supremely high dose.
    After the intervention period of roughly nine weeks, here's what they found: PMS significantly
    reduced after the intervention.
    Dysmenorrhea (or cramps) significantly reduced after the intervention.
    PMS and cramps together reduced after the intervention.
    And vitamin D supplementation was also associated with a reduction in the incidence of several
    PMS-related symptoms such as backache and a tendency to cry easily, as well as a decrease
    in pain severity of menstrual cramps.
    This led the researchers to conclude high dose vitamin D supplementation can reduce
    the prevalence of PMS and dysmenorrhea, as well as has positive effects on the physical
    and psychological symptoms of PMS.
    So, great news.
    Another study was also published: "Vitamin D Supplementation for Premenstrual-Syndrome-Related
    Mood Disorders in Adolescents with Severe Hypovitaminosis D." In this case, there
    were 158 girls given vitamin D or placebo.
    Here are the results: anxiety, irritability, crying easily and sadness decreased, a lessening
    of disturbed relationships (these are all significant decreases by the way), while there
    was no improvement in the placebo group.
    Conclusion: On the basis of these findings, vitamin D therapy can be proposed as a safe,
    effective and convenient method for improving the quality of life in young women with severe
    hypovitaminosis D (or low vitamin D), and concomitant mood disorders associated with
    So this is great news.
    This tells us that a simple vitamin supplement, vitamin D, can help improve PMS.
    Now, what if you're already taking vitamin D?
    Or if you have perhaps normal vitamin D levels and you would like to do more than vitamin
    Just to rehash, make sure that you have your vitamin D dosing where it should be based
    upon some of these studies.
    A good place to start may be using three to four drops of the formula that I'm using at
    the clinic, which is Functional Medicine Formulation's Vitamin D with Vitamin K. I won't go into
    the details as to why, but certainly not a bad idea to have the vitamin K accompanying
    the vitamin D at three to four drops per day (so not a huge dose).
    Now, I wouldn't do that dose forever.
    After a few months I'd have your levels checked to make sure you're not getting too high and
    eventually having high levels of vitamin D. But for most people the battle will be preventing
    low vitamin D, getting into the normal range.
    What if that, in and of itself, is not enough for the PMS?
    Fortunately, there are two other fairly simple things you can do to improve your female hormones
    and your PMS.
    One of these is improving your gut health.
    We've documented a number of case studies here in the clinic whereby improving a female's
    digestion—making them less constipated, less bloated, with less abdominal pain, or
    less diarrhea—has led to improvements in correlated female hormone symptoms.
    There's a comprehensive plan for that laid out in Healthy Gut, Healthy You.
    We're also working on a quick start guide for the Healthy Gut, Healthy You protocol
    and a quiz to help you see if you also have female hormone imbalances co-occurring with
    gut imbalances.
    If that quiz is ready by the time this video publishes, then we'll attach it.
    If not, check back soon and that should be accessible through our home page.
    In this case, I also recommend two different herbal blends that help to balance estrogen
    and progesterone.
    The ones that we're using are Estro-Harmony and Progest-Harmony.
    Both of these are non-hormonal (meaning they don't contain any hormones), rather they contain
    herbs that help to balance hormones.
    I've seen these be very effective when women are doing everything else right.
    Vitamin D, diet, lifestyle, gut health are all dialed in, but they're still not quite
    where we'd like them to be.
    These herbs tend to give a gentle push for the hormones and get them in the right direction,
    where sometimes these other interventions have not had quite enough punch to get us
    So by doing these three things—vitamin D, improving your gut health, and using an herbal
    supplement to balance your female hormones—there is an extremely high probability that you
    can see your female hormones balance and the corresponding PMS, cramps, irritability, sadness,
    and mood lability all decrease.
    If you're a woman suffering with these problems, I wouldn't wait another day because you don't
    need to.
    Fortunately, there are safe and natural solutions to help improve the majority of these cases.
    This is Dr. Ruscio, and I hope this information helps you get healthy and get back to your life. Thanks.
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