PMS & Exercise

Exercise can fight both the physical and emotional PMS symptoms. Many of our clients complain about lack of energy, I informed them why exercise or any movement will create a positive effect both on the body and brain during PMS. Exercise can’t stop the hormonal changes woman go through during PMS, but it lessens the cascades of physical and emotional pain during PMS. PMS symptoms can affect woman differently, both emotional and physically, it can cause emotional and physical discomfort. For some woman PMS symptoms change from month to month if emotional stress, anxiety and depression fluctuate. Going to an emotional distress is difficult enough, and PMS can make it worst.

Normal life stress concert with PMS can make the physical and emotional pain hard to bare. Hormonal change due to PMS can be extreme and it can a have severe side effect. During ovulation progesterone level could go up ten times it’s normal levels, and estrogen can peak up to 5 times it’s baseline level. What most don’t know and not aware of that PMS also create a molecular change in the brain.

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A 2004 study shows PMS can reduce the secretion of amino acid tryptophan in prefrontal cortex and bloodstream. The prefrontal cortex is where our thinking brain is. No wonder many clients complaining about not thinking straight or feel like being in fog while going through PMS. Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin; low level of tryptophan hinders the production of serotonin.

Serotonin is one many neurotransmitters that create great feeling and also manage other neurotransmitters in the brain. Low levels of serotonin also hinders the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor(BDNF). Low levels of BDNF can effect learning and concentration. Exercise is a great creator of serotonin, norepinephrine and endorphins.

PMS also hinders the balance between glutamate and gamma amino-butyric acid (GABA) balance in the brain. Ovulation Increase level of glutamate in the brain which can cause anxiety. Exercise has extensive effects on the glutamate-GABA system, which puts the brakes on excessive glutamate activity as Xanax does. Studies have shown that just one bout of exercise during PMS turns on the genes that produce GABA, which in turn balances the glutamate-GABA mechanism.

Many doctors prescribe drugs like (Xanax) to alleviate anxiety. Xanax has countless side effect witch includes: sleep apnea, allergies, head pain, low energy, blurred vision, muscle pain, muscle spasm, muscle weakness, dry mouth and liver dysfunction. When emotional and physical pain gets out of control, aggression can also take place. Your spouse or mate must understand what you are going through and becomes a solution not a nuisance. Exercise increases energy, self-esteem and vigor. Exercise ladies, Exercise!!!

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