Strong Hunger Around PMS: How To Cope With Uncontrollable Appetite
April 24, 2018 11:48
Women of childbearing age know first hand what PMS is. In this preceding to menstruation period, beautiful ladies suffer not only from emotional instability, expressed in mood swings and increased irritability, but also from a constant, uncontrolled feeling of hunger, which is very difficult to quench. This phenomenon has a very simple physiological explanation.
After ovulation, the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle begins, during which the body strives to accumulate nutrients, water, and energy (fatty tissue) that will be used to ensure normal conditions for the fetus development during pregnancy. Natural slowing of metabolism and a decrease in insulin sensitivity contribute to the fact that most of the consumed carbohydrates are stored in reserve. For this reason, the appetite increases, which is aggravated by other symptoms of PMS: irritability, anxiety, insomnia. This also leads to an imbalance of melatonin and cortisol, which in turn makes the body cells insusceptible to insulin.
That is, carbohydrates in the blood are present, but they are digested in a small amount and very slowly. As a result, the brain does not receive enough glucose, which is a source of energy for it. Therefore, women have the craving for sweets. From cookies and sweets, unlike cereals and fruits with a high content of complex carbohydrates, the body can get simple, instantly digestible carbohydrates that eliminate the shortage of carbohydrates. But their excessive consumption can lead to undesirable consequences. Fortunately, there are effective and simple methods to control the feeling of hunger.
Physical activity helps lower the level of cortisol (a hormone which causes stress and bad mood), removes excess fluid from the body, and burns calories.