Although PMS and menopause are not the same, any woman who has experienced either knows none of the symptoms are easy to tolerate. PMS is the acronym representing pre-menstrual syndrome, and the condition most often occurs during the week before a woman gets her monthly period. Most of the physical symptoms that include tender breasts, cramps, weight gain, and pimples are familiar and a sure indication that the woman can expect her menstrual cycle soon.
Some symptoms of PMS are not physical, although many women are still affected by their occurrence. These symptoms are categorized as emotional or behavioral and include difficulty sleeping, mood swings that are expressed through depression or crying, anger and the need to be alone.
Menopause is classified as the time when a woman’s ovaries have stopped producing progesterone and estrogen. These two hormones are needed to produce eggs, so it is no longer possible for the woman to conceive and bear a child.
Menopausal symptoms can be challenging for many women, and most will state that the hot flashes are the worst. When a hot flash occurs there are sudden feelings of being extremely warm, sweating, flushing and some women experience a headache or nausea. Also known as flushes, this symptom usually continues up to 7 years even though some women are bothered by hot flashes and night sweats much longer.
Although there is nothing women can do to avoid having hot flashes except hormone replacement therapy, avoiding caffeine, stress and alcohol may lessen the occurrence. More information about the symptoms of menopause are lowering the temperature of the bedroom at night can also be helpful in preventing hot flashes and night sweats. Sleeping in the nude is another way to stay more comfortable and have a better sleep.
Common negative symptoms of menopause include depression, trouble sleeping, vaginal dryness, heart palpitations, and nausea. Doctors often recommend HRT (hormone replacement therapy) to alleviate some of these problems. Estrogen pills are commonly prescribed as a hormone replacement for menopausal women, but low dose estrogen is also available as a gel, spray or a vaginal ring.
HRT may seem like a godsend to women who are very affected by the symptoms of menopause, but they require careful monitoring by their physician. There is some evidence that supplementing with estrogen may increase the risk of breast cancer. Women who have a history of the disease should avoid HRT by using one or more of the bioidentical or natural plant estrogens such as soy, flaxseed or red clover.
Menopause is referred to as the “change of life,” and there is no doubt that it does change the life of every woman who experiences it. Once the worst symptoms are over, many women enjoy worry-free sex and freedom from monthly periods.
PMS for the majority of women is brought on by a combination of diet, stress, vitamin and especially mineral deficiency. Certain physical and psychological symptoms recur regularly at the same phase of each menstrual cycle. PMS symptoms begin after ovulation, often intensifying as menstruation approaches. Symptoms cease with the onset of menstruation or bleeding.
Every woman with PMS suffers a different set of physical and emotional symptoms. Symptoms and their intensity vary from woman to woman, and from month to month, making each PMS sufferer unique. Listed below are the major, but by no means all, of the symptoms most often reported.
DIAGNOSIS OF PMS
The diagnosis of PMS depends on the timing of symptoms in each menstrual cycle, and not on the symptoms themselves. It is the timing of these symptoms that determine whether you have PMS. The symptoms will occur on a regular basis, beginning after ovulation, and ceasing with menses.
The only positive method of diagnosis is the simple method of recording the symptoms and the dates of menstruation on a menstrual chart for a three month period. Symptoms scattered about the chart with no discernable pattern indicate that factors other than PMS are affecting the woman. Symptoms clustered before menstruation indicate PMS, however, most women know intuitively when they have PMS.
MOST PREVALENT CAUSES OF PMS
Increased demands on their time, negative changes in their diet and nutrition, increasing stress, and lack of proper exercise, leave women struggling to balance their lives. The harsh reality of the modern-day woman?s life is one of constant physical and emotional wear and tear.
The woman?s carefully synchronized body is out of equilibrium and she is out of touch with her true emotions. Devoured, and often not much appreciated in the balance, many women feel a sense of living on the brink.
PMS in most women is brought on by a combination of diet, stress, vitamin and especially mineral deficiency.
CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF INVERTED CALCIUM/MAGNESIUM RATIO
Emphasizing magnesium intake over calcium is a critical factor in preventing PMS. Women experiencing PMS have been found consistently to have low blood magnesium levels.
Magnesium and calcium must be taken together for either one to be effectively absorbed. Research indicates that a ratio of 2 to 1 is best for maximum absorption.
A most important feature of Ultravite is a magnesium to calcium ratio of 2 to 1. Ultravite provides 400 to 600 mg. of magnesium in the recommended daily dose of 4 to 6 caplets.
THE EFFECT ESTROGEN PLAYS IN PMS
Vitamin B6 reduces blood estrogen and increases progesterone. Therefore, B6 deficiency will cause decreased liver metabolism of estrogen, causing an excess of estrogen which results in estrogen dominance.
Mood swings are caused by such imbalance which further invokes the increased activity of the serotonin, norepinephrine, epinephrine and biogenic amines. Inability to focus and concentrate, nervous tension, irritability, hostility and finally, anxiety are the symptoms of estrogen imbalance. The only thing that keeps estrogen under control is dopamine.
Vitamin B6 reduces blood estrogen and increases progesterone. Therefore, B6 deficiency will cause decreased liver metabolism of estrogen, causing an excess of estrogen, this results in “estrogen dominance.”
Estrogen imbalance effects mood swings by increasing the activity of the biogenic amines, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and serotonin, which affect moods. Epinephrine triggers anxiety. Norepinephrine causes hostility and irritability. Serotonin at high levels creates nervous tension, and inability to concentrate.
Dopamine, produced by the brain, balances out the effects of the biogenic amines by inducing relaxation, increases mental alertness, and works to prevent sodium and water retention.
Without sufficient dopamine, the biogenic amines are not held in check, moods are greatly affected in a negative manner, and sodium and water retention increase.
Estrogen also increases the level of the adrenal hormone aldosterone, which prevents the normal excretion of salt from the kidneys, adding to fluid retention. This creates edema-like symptoms of bloating, abdominal swelling, and swollen breasts.
Excess fluid swells the nerve tissue and membranes surrounding the brain. The brain is encased within the skull, and can only expand as far as the skull permits. This leads to torturous migraine headaches that are often described as “vise-like.”
Magnesium deficiency causes a very specific depletion of brain dopamine and B6 plays a synergistic role in mineral utilization across cell membranes, increasing the effectiveness of magnesium.
American women are so deficient in vitamin B6 that it was discovered back in the early 1940’s. The process of refining flour eliminates the B vitamins altogether, B6 is destroyed in cooking and canning, and when foods are packaged. Pregnancy and birth-control pills also cause a B6 deficiency.
To prevent “estrogen dominance” and its negative influence on moods and fluid retention, increased intake of B vitamins and magnesium is absolutely essential.
The minimum recommended dosage of Ultravite™ provides the woman with the necessary blood levels to prevent B6 deficiency. Women with severe B6 deficiency, which may be as high as 70% of all women, need only increase their daily dosage of Ultravite™.
What is Ultravite?
Ultravite™ is an all-natural multi-mineral, multi-vitamin supplement specifically formulated to relieve and prevent the symptoms of PMS that the stress of modern day has brought on.
Benefits of Taking Ultravite
Within one month of taking Ultravite™, PMS symptoms will decrease. Due to the synergistic effect of Utraviteä, there is a progressive decrease in the number of symptoms and their intensity on a month to month basis. Maximum relief is achieved after three to four consecutive menstrual cycles of taking Ultravite.
ULTRAVITE™ – RECOMMENDED DOSAGE
Two (2) caplets twice a day, a total of four (4) caplets a day preceding ovulation or until your symptoms begin.
After your ovulation or once you start experiencing symptoms, increase the recommended dosage to two caplets three times a day. Never take more than six caplets a day to avoid side effects. After menstruation, if you don’t feel the symptoms anymore, you can freely reduce back to the recommended dosage. Mind your diet during the process.