Participants: Curtis & Paula Eakins
Series Code: AL
Program Code: AL00187A
00:01 Geraldine said, I have headaches,
00:04 I'm irritable mood swings, I'm just not feeling good,
00:08 my head hurts me all the time.
00:10 Ohh! 8 out of 10 women suffer from this
00:14 very subject that we are gonna talk about
00:16 today entitled PMS relief. Stay by.
00:49 Hi! Welcome to Abundant Living.
00:50 This is Curtis Eakins your co-host.
00:52 I like to introduce my beautiful bride
00:55 today is Paula Eakins, Eakins very good okay,
00:59 there is little slight hesitation
01:00 on that one. No,
01:02 I really wasn't hesitating, I am so used to saying hello.
01:04 Hello okay. This time it's
01:07 Paula Eakins okay. Glad you're with us today
01:10 and now we are talking about PMS again
01:13 now the lady at the front of the tea,
01:15 she mentioned about what, Mary, Martha
01:17 somebody is going through some changes.
01:18 Hey! All of them, I mean it's Josephine,
01:20 it's Anne, Shirley, Margaret. Just call them out.
01:22 Ohh! It's a whole lot of women.
01:24 It's a lot. Let's define the term,
01:25 first of all of course now this is a running series,
01:29 a women's health series, women's health issues,
01:32 so this is one of those series
01:33 dealing with PMS so let's define the term
01:36 what is it and how many women are affected.
01:38 Well, it's actually a hormonal imbalance.
01:40 At least that's where you know
01:42 science and doctors are going right now.
01:44 Hormonal imbalances is one of those
01:46 misunderstood, mistreated programs...
01:50 problem for women,
01:51 emotional and physical, it's she is touched
01:56 by this syndrome and how about
01:57 8 out of 10 women. Oh! 8 out of 10. Yes.
02:00 Okay, that's quite a bit. Yes, that's a lot,
02:02 that's a lot, you know, okay,
02:04 and you know it's different, there are different
02:05 forms out, which we are gonna
02:06 talk about later as far as different.
02:10 Subgroups that are actually
02:11 involved in that, but when I say
02:12 misunderstood and mistreated,
02:14 misdiagnosed basically women are having a rough time
02:18 with this one. So, doctors simply rather
02:21 overlook it or something else.
02:23 I think that mainly because sometimes
02:25 she is not really 100% sure of what's going on
02:29 and so I think that and we'll talk about that too
02:31 about you know how it is that we need
02:33 to kind of keep a journal and kind of walk through
02:35 what we are experiences. So when we go
02:37 to the doctor, we know exactly
02:39 you know what to say how to explain it,
02:41 you know. Right, so we gonna stay
02:42 with this folks because we are gonna
02:44 walk through this and some symptoms
02:46 and some things that we want to discuss
02:48 that may be helpful for some PMS relief.
02:50 Now one of the things that I have heard
02:53 and read, and that is the
02:55 serotonin level has something to do
02:57 also with PMS. Explain that to us.
03:00 Okay. There is a brain chemical called serotonin
03:04 and is produced in a brain from L-tryptophan
03:07 and some amino acids, so serotonin
03:10 is very important for our mood.
03:13 It's called the mood transmitter
03:15 and so therefore with that in mind it's closely connected
03:18 to PMS symptoms or sometimes called
03:21 premenstrual tension syndrome and so with that
03:25 in mind serotonin. When the serotonin is low,
03:29 we tend to have those premenstrual
03:31 tension syndromes, upsets for instance serotonin
03:36 also metabolize carbohydrates serotonin that's one thing,
03:42 another thing that serotonin also is connected
03:46 to the menstrual cycle to balance estrogen
03:50 and progesterone. Okay. Two, serotonin
03:55 also is connected to our sleep cycle
03:58 therefore having said that when the serotonin level
04:02 is low our sleep cycle is disrupted.
04:06 We become unbalance in our estrogen
04:09 and progesterone and also we crave
04:12 carbohydrates. That's why we need
04:15 to zero in on balancing the hormones,
04:18 balancing the cravings, but also more importantly up
04:23 the serotonin levels in the brain
04:25 and I will show you within next 10 to 15 minutes
04:28 how to do that, but that's where the culprit
04:30 is the unbalanced or the low serotonin levels.
04:34 That's where the culprit is, so with that in mind
04:36 we need to really talk about some other things,
04:39 but that's what we need to zero
04:41 in on balancing those levels of estrogen, progesterone,
04:46 okay, but the serotonin level does that when we increase
04:50 the serotonin level. So, these things are gonna on
04:52 at the same time and you know what
04:53 different women experience different symptoms.
04:56 You know, yes true, some physical
04:57 and mental state. So, there we have a term
05:01 they call subgroups, where there is a
05:03 different groupings as far as PMS is concerned.
05:07 Explain that to us. Now everyone does not
05:11 experience all the symptoms of PMS,
05:14 so therefore there are and lot people
05:16 may not know this, but they are actually
05:18 four subgroups of PMS, so let us go to the screen,
05:24 let's see those four groups of PMS.
05:26 Group number one I'll call this acronym CHAD.
05:30 Group number 1 is C. This is cravings for sweets
05:35 remember now low serotonin levels
05:37 also metabolize carbohydrates appetite,
05:42 so therefore you have C cravings for sweets.
05:44 Number 2, PMS-H, H stands for,
05:48 I'll call it Holding water. Water retention,
05:52 so you have the breast tenderness
05:54 and the swelling, abdominal cramps in the legs
05:58 and feet that kind of thing that's holding water for H.
06:01 The third one, A, Anxiety.
06:04 We can also add with that irritability.
06:07 And then we have D for depression
06:10 and also it can be so severe, it can be also suicidal thoughts
06:15 and suicidal attempts and sleeplessness.
06:18 So, therefore, we need to understand that
06:19 when we look at PMS we need to understand
06:23 what are those four subgroups and which one of those
06:26 four subgroups are more prone
06:27 to have a problem with. Now some people
06:29 may have a problem with all four.
06:31 Some may be two of the four then we can zero in
06:35 on those major subgroups. Some may just have the H
06:39 for holding water or breast tenderness
06:41 or water retention, the swelling,
06:44 the cramping that may be it, some may just have the sweets
06:48 to cravings or carbohydrates and chocolates
06:50 and those kind of things, so we need to zero in
06:52 in on one of those subgroups that may,
06:55 maybe lot people might be experiencing.
06:57 So that's thus very important to understand
06:59 those four subgroups. Well, I do remember,
07:02 I recall back in a day that's when
07:05 I was a little bit younger, I do recall the PMS, okay,
07:09 and I know you said Chad,
07:11 I remember everyone of those I believe,
07:13 I belonged to all four groups.
07:15 Oh! All four subgroups. All of it at the same time.
07:17 At the same time. Okay mood swings.
07:22 CHAD. Oh! Yes, Oh! Yes, Oh! Yes, Oh! Yes, Oh! Yes.
07:25 So and terrible, terrible headaches.
07:28 Yes. Okay. I think the only thing that
07:30 I did not have and that was breaking out
07:32 with the acne. Yes, okay.
07:33 But everything else I was right on target.
07:35 Right on target. Which leads into.
07:37 Now we need to, we need to have some
07:39 relief for that. That's right because
07:41 I am a happy women now. You are happy women
07:42 not because you just married to me,
07:44 Oh! Yeah, twice in your life.
07:46 But that's part of it, best part of it too,
07:47 but you know, we talk about that relief from PMS.
07:49 Halleluiah. You know one of things
07:53 that was very, very important that
07:55 was real good nutrition. Okay.
07:56 Look you made a comment about the sweets,
07:58 craving for sweets and not only sweets
08:01 some serious and serious craving
08:04 for chocolate and I am not talking about Carob,
08:07 I'm talking about chocolate.
08:09 Okay. So with that in mind and that's one of the major
08:12 culprits that Caffeine is a bad news, right.
08:14 Okay, so good nutrition, good whole grain.
08:16 We talk about that all the time on
08:18 Abundant living, brown rice and all
08:20 whole wheat products, good fruits,
08:22 good vegetables those kind of things,
08:24 staying away from those sweets,
08:26 staying away from the high amount of sodium,
08:28 you are also crave sodium salt.
08:30 Yeah, water retention. That's right.
08:32 Particularly, I need to stop you
08:33 because particularly right before the premenstrual
08:36 tension syndrome. Absolutely, absolutely.
08:38 The seven or 14 days prior to that.
08:40 Umm!, Umm! Okay go into that. And of course,
08:42 we already know that on Abundant living
08:44 and as a matter of fact not just there,
08:47 but the whole Christian relationship. Okay.
08:49 No smoking and no alcohol. I'll say it again
08:52 no smoking, no alcohol that makes matters worse also.
08:56 By the way, I was not doing any of those when I had PMS
08:58 just in case you were, thinking about that and
09:01 I wanted to make sure, I got that point out.
09:02 Yes. Refined foods, you know,
09:07 cakes, cookies, pies, candy all those
09:09 kind of things that craving is there in the
09:11 serotonin level the imbalance. Right.
09:13 And you know what we, one of things
09:15 so important is that, it's harder for the men
09:18 to understand what we're going through
09:20 and we said this before on our programs in the past.
09:22 Ladies, we need to talk to our family
09:26 about what we're experiencing and men
09:28 need to listen up and when this is happening,
09:32 we can help each other. Umm! Umm!
09:33 Especially with the mood swing and irritability
09:35 thing going on, okay, so you want to,
09:38 when you start seeing her starting to act
09:39 kind of strange, you know,
09:41 yes some things may be, Oh! This is when you
09:43 would take a walk. Okay, take a walk,
09:45 Both of you need to take a walk together
09:47 along with that taking a walk is something
09:49 about going out in nature. God is so awesome,
09:52 you know, we go out in nature.
09:53 He calms our spirit, the greenery is out there,
09:56 the flowers are out there, the butterflies
09:58 are out there, birds, it is just a wonderful
10:00 thing to do, to go out and take a walk
10:02 number 1, number 2 is sleep, need to get 7-8
10:06 hours of sleep, lot of times
10:08 we go to the midnight hours ladies.
10:10 We need to be in the bed. Umm!, 7-8 hours of sleep
10:13 is very important. And then you might be saying
10:15 when I get the bed early, I am still having problems
10:17 with headaches and waking up
10:19 all through the night, okay. And so with that alone,
10:21 once again, it's very important to get
10:23 that exercise in and then on top of that
10:26 one of the things I found really comforting
10:29 and I read this before also and I did it,
10:31 I used it and that was warm baths,
10:33 taking a warm bath or warm shower,
10:36 soft music, candles. Oh! That put me in a
10:40 different kind of mood it was. Umm!
10:42 It was a God thing, it really was wonderful.
10:44 Now, I need to say this one thing to people
10:47 who are watching, not that you're having
10:49 to during this time, but she does enjoy warm baths.
10:52 Absolutely. And the candles.
10:54 Absolutely. And the music.
10:55 Absolutely. And she puts a sign
10:58 on a door, what's the sign
11:00 you put on your door. Do not disturb.
11:02 Do not disturb, that's right. She closed the door,
11:04 now folks, now this is my take on this.
11:06 Now we're the only ones living in a house. Umm!
11:10 No children there, just me and her
11:12 and she has a sign says do not disturb,
11:14 so how should I take that, should I take that
11:17 in the personal note or what I mean, because.
11:20 Well we're hoping. Nobody else at home, but me.
11:22 I know it's just you and I, however.
11:24 I'm over now, it's okay now.
11:26 It is nothing for me to get ready to do that warm bath,
11:28 have my music on and then there I've got
11:31 that candle going and everything
11:32 and I am laying back on my pillow,
11:34 you know in the tub when I got it,
11:36 I am just happy. Just happy. And then the phone rings
11:38 and somebody is calling me, saying I got to talk to her,
11:41 so that do not disturb me is nobody can disturb me,
11:45 nobody. Okay, I am just checking so.
11:48 So, I don't take it personal. Nobody.
11:49 Okay, I'm just wondering, okay. Yeah,
11:51 so because one of those are is H,
11:53 I mean A, I shall say anxiety. Yes.
11:56 Irritability, so therefore need to have
11:58 that mood there and that fresh air coming in,
12:01 the walking, the sunlight, talking about serotonin,
12:03 we did a program sometime ago
12:05 about serotonin in depression. Yes, we did.
12:07 The sunlight, the fresh air, that helps to up the
12:10 serotonin levels as well, so it's wonderful. Yes.
12:12 Now, what about journaling or diary,
12:15 let's talk about that for a little while.
12:18 One of the things that I've found
12:19 that was really good and I talk to a lot of women
12:21 about this as well and that is journaling
12:23 what's going on with you, you know,
12:25 to keep in a journal, how you are feeling
12:27 at certain time of that month,
12:29 you know, believe it or not
12:31 about a week or so as you're moving down
12:33 toward your menses is when the body begins
12:35 do the shifting on you. Right.
12:37 And so things like journaling,
12:38 you know, how you are feeling,
12:39 you know, are you bloating
12:41 and the headaches when they're coming.
12:42 So you can kind get a jump start
12:44 of knowing when it is getting ready to happen and then
12:46 prepare yourself to get ready for what's about to happen
12:49 and there are so many things that you can do to prepare
12:51 and get ready, so that you don't have
12:53 to go through that. Now once again,
12:54 that walking and going to bed,
12:56 eating good nutrition really automatically kicks in,
12:58 once you start it, once you just
13:00 start in that area. That's true.
13:01 So just keep that idea and also it helps
13:03 when you go to see your physician,
13:04 you are going through some stuff that actually
13:06 once again tell him exactly how you're feeling.
13:08 Umm! You know. Okay, wonderful
13:10 good information. Now, I know that
13:12 women are saying what about herbals,
13:14 if there any kind of herbal medications
13:16 because I might be taking something that
13:18 it's really giving me, it's got other
13:20 side affects to it. So I am just wondering
13:22 are there herbs that can actually help with PMS.
13:24 Yes, absolutely when we talk about herbal medicine
13:28 or some times I use the word botanical medicine
13:30 because we're talking about botany.
13:32 There is one that simply surface up to the top
13:36 in all the medical journals and you probably heard of it.
13:39 It's called Chaste tree or Chaste berry,
13:42 this is herb that's been used for many years
13:45 to relieve PMS symptoms. And the way this works
13:48 is that chaste tree helps to balance estrogen
13:53 and progesterone because this is the key
13:56 culprit of PMS symptoms with that in mind
14:00 of course this gonna be efficacious for those
14:02 who may be experiencing some of these symptoms.
14:04 So, I want to share with you one of the studies
14:06 that's done on the screen at this time about
14:08 what Chaste tree can do. Chaste tree is sometimes
14:11 the botanical name is Vitex, here it is folks,
14:14 the Townsend's letters for doctors.
14:16 "In over ninety percent of the cases,
14:19 symptoms were completely relieved with a two percent
14:24 report of side effects. " Umm! Chaste tree or sometimes
14:30 known as Chaste berry and the dosage ladies again,
14:33 if you do this a few days before the menstrual cycle,
14:37 that's why it's very important to have
14:38 a diary, so you know,
14:40 when you are starting and when it ends.
14:41 But again we're looking at about 175 mgs
14:44 per day right before the menstrual cycle
14:49 at least 3 cycles or 3 months
14:52 and therefore you can have the great reduction
14:54 in PMS or premenstrual tension syndrome,
14:57 the symptoms, the mood swings
14:59 can really be enhanced just by this or
15:02 botanical medicine alone, so Chaste tree or Chaste berry
15:06 is the one that surfaced to the top head
15:09 and shoulders above all others so. And there was a special
15:11 herbal tea I liked also. Okay.
15:13 And that herbal tea was red raspberry.
15:14 Oh! That's right. Very delicious tea
15:16 and it also helps to calm you down,
15:18 so that's another tea I made up a large batches
15:22 of it and I would have it in a refrigerator
15:24 ready to drink it when it was time as well
15:27 helps to relax you, yes, as well.
15:29 Now I need to tell that one to because red raspberries
15:32 been used by the American, Indians for years
15:34 and red raspberry, what happens is that
15:36 red raspberries has properties in it
15:39 to help to calm smooth muscles,
15:42 the uterus is a smooth muscle,
15:46 there by they've go for that using a tea form
15:49 back on the Chaste berry or Chaste tree,
15:52 look at it like a 175 milligrams per day
15:55 or if you use the drops, we suggest the drops
15:57 of alcohol free, the concentrated drops
16:01 about 10-15 drops, thus work well with as well.
16:05 So, I think it's time to go into kitchen,
16:07 time to go into kitchen, and go into the kitchen
16:08 we gonna go and fix something that's very good for us,
16:10 doesn't make you have any mood swings
16:12 or anything like that and it is actually a polenta
16:15 with spaghetti sausage. Get your paper and pencil
16:17 and meet us in the kitchen.