Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How to treat Menstrual Moodiness

Okay, so yesterday, I sort of vented about dealing with my mood swings. Let's follow that up with some research on some supposed ways to treat the moodiness.

There are three different ways to treat menstrual moodiness. Lifestyle Changes, Alternative Medicine or Drugs and Surgery.

1: Lifestyle Changes

Stress reduction, such as yoga or meditation, combined with regular exercise and an improved diet, can do a woman great service. Exercise is a great way to burn off stress and we all know that stress contributes to moodiness.

Your diet is key in regulating mood swings. By eating a balanced diet rich in foods that boost serotonin levels, and avoiding sugary foods and excess caffeine, it is possible to stabilize mood levels some. Caffeine is a stimulant that adds to mood instability.

Carbohydrates such as potato, bran, wheat, and other complex carbohydrates help to boost serotonin levels, but this wouldn't be very good for my struggle to lose weight. Don't get me wrong, I don't deny myself carbs, but I do try to manage them. Foods high in protein are rich in amino acids rich, which help cope with mood swings.

Making these lifestyle changes is easier said than done, but with some practice you would see a different in your moodiness. Yet if a change in lifestyle does not help with adverse menstrual mood swings there are natural supplements that are available.

2: Alternative Approach:

Alternative approaches can involve several different therapies. Herbal supplements are the most prominent, though women may turn to other stress relieving techniques such as massage or acupuncture which may help stabilize mood. There are herbal supplements involving plant-base estrogen and non-estrogenic supplements. Although their effectiveness has not been medically proven, many women have reported relief from their menstrual mood swings after using them.
Even so some women do not get relief from either of the above. If this happens, you should consult their medical practitioner to discuss pharmaceutical options.

3: Pharmaceutical Options for Mood Swings

The most common drug therapy for treating mood swings in the US is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This may be a quick and strong way to combat the underlying hormonal imbalance; but, unfortunately, it entails serious side effects and increases the risk of different types of cancer among women, as the following study has proven.

Wow, I can see making some lifestyle changes, but I have never trusted herbal supplements and pharmaceutical options are not really right for me at this time. Here's hoping for the lifestyle changes to help.

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