Can Sunlight Alleviate PMS?
- Created: November 6, 2013
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Are you tired of PMS? One study has revealed that sunlight may alleviate PMS.
It happens to most premenopausal women: PMS. Premenstrual symptoms (PMS) include mood swings, fatigue, bloating and food cravings. New studies are being released that indicate exposure to sunlight may alleviate symptoms related to PMS.
How can something so simple provide relief to PMS? The answer to this question is a neurotransmitter called serotonin, a chemical in the brain that helps us feel calm, happy and alert during the day. Dr. Barbara Parry, MD at the University of California San Diego, has discovered that light therapy, also known as phototherapy, is the answer to PMS relief.
Previous research at UCLA has shown a correlation between serotonin levels and PMS. Serotonin levels decrease just before ovulation, when the eggs are released from the ovaries, and bounce back during menstruation. Phototherapy has been a useful tool in helping women rid themselves of PMS, reduced moodiness and depression.
Although PMS was once thought to be caused by hormone imbalance, like that of the menstrual cycle, new studies are showing that PMS is actually caused by imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain. Our brains have a “light meter” that documents the amount of sunlight that our bodies are exposed to.
Light depravation is common among many people and more research still needs to be conducted to determine how much light is necessary to benefit women experiencing PMS.
What do you think? Do you think sunlight helps your PMS?
Written by Katherine Chua