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There are 4 different types of PMS. Most of them are symptoms of hyperestrogenism (relative to progesterone). That means too much estrogen. This is not the case in PMS -D (most prominent sign is depression) This happens if the liver is not effective enough in clearing estrogens. It may also increase production of oxytocin, which may cause more cramping ( but that may also related to lack of magnesium, which causes muscle cramps).
Estrogen is cleared through the same channels as caffein and nicotine as well as some other substances. The best way to get at PMS symptoms at the root is by making sure the liver works effectively. This means cutting down on things like caffein, nicotine, sugar, additives, etc. as well as making sure the liver has the nutrients it needs to function properly ( protein, zinc, iron,Vit b6 and magnesium, mainly)
An important role in PMS is also being played by dopamine production. Nutritional defiencies also disrupt that cycle as well as many drugs, and stress.
Make sure that you get all the nutrients you need and that you absorb them (check food allergies, improve digestion, heal the gut) You might consider supplementing for a while to see if that helps. If the cramping is bad you can just take straight magnesium pills, like 200-400mg every two hours or so ( might get loose stools!) but that often does the trick.