HORMONOLOGY TIP: Do you suffer from “post-PMS”? Here’s the easy fix!

/HORMONOLOGY TIP: Do you suffer from “post-PMS”? Here’s the easy fix!

HORMONOLOGY TIP: Do you suffer from “post-PMS”? Here’s the easy fix!

My HormonologyI’ve gotten a bunch of emails recently from Hormonology fans with the same problem: During the middle and end of their period in their Week 1, they feel like PMS returns. They say they have aches, fatigue, foggy-headedness, the blues and/or irritability rather than the happy mood, increasing energy and decrease in pain that rising estrogen on these days of their cycle should be triggering.

If you’re bothered by similar PMS-like symptoms toward the end of your period, here’s what could be the problem: low iron. As you bleed during menstruation, iron levels drop. And research shows that even a slight dip in this key mineral that sends energizing oxygen throughout the brain and body can cause symptoms that mimic PMS.

Luckily, fixing the problem is easy: Simply eat more foods rich in iron (such as dark, leafy greens, dried apricots, iron-enriched cereal, beef, poultry and egg yolks). Or take a daily iron supplement (18 mg. for women ages 19 to 50; 14 mg. for women ages 14 to 18). By keeping your iron levels from dipping, you’ll dodge this “post-PMS” and enjoy your Week 1 far more!

By | 2018-04-05T17:39:26+00:00 September 13th, 2013|hormonology tip, Week 1|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman, founder of Hormonology® and a longtime women’s health journalist, pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and know more about all the ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior. This movement was launched in 2005 with Gabrielle's groundbreaking book, 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential, and her creation of Hormonology®. She offers a variety of tools--including her popular free Hormone Horoscope® app, eBooks, infographics, videos and tips--to share vital information about hormones.

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