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

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

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 | 2018-08-12T16:07:30+00:00 September 13th, 2013|hormonology tip, Week 1|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at MyHormonology.com/28-days-fundraiser.

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