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          Relief for Symptoms of PMS and Perimenopause

          May 20, 2003

          If you suffer from the symptoms of PMS and perimenopause, try following Ann Louise Gittleman’s “Peri Zapper” treatment. Ann Louise is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and author of Before the Change, a book that guides women through the process of managing and relieving the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. She advocates a natural approach through good nutrition, vitamins and supplements, plus exercise to relieve the negative symptoms of PMS and perimenopause.

          Ann Louise’s “Peri Zapper” treatment worked for Robin McGraw, who still follows the routine daily, and says it’s the reason “I feel healthier at 50 than I did at 40.”


          Flaxseed Oil
          High in lignans, a natural hormone-balancing substance, flaxseed oil is as effective as hormone replacement therapy in lessening hot flashes and sweating. It’s also good for depression and fatigue.
          — Recommended dosage: 1 to 2 tbsp. a day. An alternative is to buy ground up flaxseed, and sprinkle it on top of your food (such as oatmeal and popcorn).

          Evening Primrose Oil
          Helps in relieving breast tenderness, mood swings, anxiety, irritability, headaches and water retention.
          — Recommended dosage: Two weeks prior to the start of your period, take 1,000 mg a day – half in the morning, half at night – after food.

          Multi-vitamins and Magnesium
          Having sufficient amounts of the essential multivitamins listed below, along with magnesium, will help to relieve mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, tissue dryness, and water-retention.
          Recommended to start with:
          — Vitamin B complex, 50 – 100 mg a day
          — Vitamin C, 1000 mg three times a day
          — Vitamin E, 400 – 1200 iu a day
          — Magnesium, 500 – 1000 mg before bed

          Helps to lower estrogen (too much is as bad as too little) and increase progesterone levels. Also helps to build strong bones and improve your immune system.
          — Recommended dosage: 15 – 50 mg a day

          Natural Progesterone Cream
          This can help in relieving fuzzy thinking, fatigue and fat gain. Rub on your throat, the fleshy areas of the inner arms, and in the palms of your hand.

          Work out vigorously for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

          Stress amplifies symptoms and causes the body to produce the hormone cortisol. Too much cortisol can cause diabetes and high blood pressure. Stress also zaps the body of essential minerals and vitamins.

          Adrenal Refresher
          At times of high stress, replacing lost minerals and vitamins can help the adrenal glands produce less stress hormones.
          — Recommended: B complex vitamins, Vitamin C, Adrenal Gland Extract, green and yellow vegetables and sea vegetables.

          Soy Phytoestrogens
          Soy can help in diminishing the intensity of hot flashes and night sweats. Consume moderate amounts of soy isoflavone supplements.

          Natural Hormone Therapy
          Visit your local compounding pharmacist and request to have a saliva test done. The results will tell you what your balance of progesterone and testosterone is, and what your estrogen/progesterone ratio is.

          More information on perimenopause can be found in Ann Louise’s book, Before the Change.

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