It’s become so socially acceptable to blame a woman’s emotions on hormonal fluctuations that the notion of PMS has become something of a joke. But the reality is, it’s no laughing matter, and serious mood changes that result from hormonal imbalances can be a real source of both physical and emotional suffering for many women. They’ve come to accept PMS as just part of life — an inevitability of being a woman — when, in fact, much can be done to combat the symptoms and relieve you of the burden entirely. The reality is, however, that your mood is not just related to your hormones. It’s the result of the interplay of hormones, food, gut, and your reaction to things in your life.
Understanding what the causes might be and how to interpret your symptoms will give you the power to make the necessary changes so that you can feel happier and live a life that lights you up.
Your mood is hugely dependent on the neurotransmitters and hormones that are manufactured from the foods you eat and the bacteria in your gut. Your mood is not so dependent on your hormones as it is on your gut, as that’s where all the mood-stabilizing factors are created. That’s right — what you put on your plate has a direct correlation not just with how you feel physically, but emotionally. Every woman’s personal hormonal patterns and problems are unique, but the solution to getting back to your happy place is the same across the board: Eating in a way that fuels and enhances your hormones.The foods you eat will either support or disrupt your endocrine system and microbiome, and if you’re eating in a way that’s disruptive, it can fan the flames of existing anxiety and fatigue.
The key to keeping your moods under control throughout the month is to take proactive, preventive measures before the bad moods strike. By the time you notice yourself sinking into a negative headspace, it’s often too late to take action. By eating the right foods for each phase of your cycle , you can avoid the emotional roller coaster later. Having a good mood is not hit-or-miss or a luck of the draw; it’s a result of careful, conscious planning and proactive measures.
If you suffer from estrogen dominance, you might tend to feel more manic during that first half of the cycle and take such a turn during the second half that you feel like a different person. But your seemingly multiple personalities aren’t just due to a hormonal shift during the month; the highs and lows of estrogen dominance are the product of a complex interplay of diet, gut health, and mental wellness. If your blood sugar levels are unstable, your liver isn’t efficiently clearing estrogen from your system, and you’re ill-equipped to deal with everyday stressors, it’s the perfect storm for estrogen-dominance-induced depression.