Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) is experienced by over 90% of women, some of whose lives are greatly disrupted by this condition, whether through pain, mood or missed workdays. Not surprisingly, a woman's monthly cycle is a complex orchestration of hormones that can be affected and even dictated by diet and lifestyle patterns. Health providers are primed to help make a difference for many women who may be struggling to find relief from these symptoms. This presentation will provide a variety of integrative strategies that may help to ease this time of the month, from vital foods to include and minimize, healthy and supportive habits around sleep, stress, and exercise, as well as potentially helpful supplementation and supportive body, work like massage and acupuncture.
1. Discuss the basic physiology behind a woman's monthly cycle
2. Identify diet and lifestyle patterns that may exacerbate PMS and dysmenorrhea
3. Implement several diet and lifestyle strategies that support a reduction of PMS symptoms and dysmenorrhea
Mary Purdy, MS, RDN, holds a Master's Degree from Bastyr University where she is currently adjunct faculty. Previously she worked at the wellness company, Arivale, as a Coach and Clinical Education Lead training coaches, as well as providing nutrition and lifestyle counseling to clients using a personalized medicine approach. She was in private practice for 8 years as well as a Clinical Supervisor at Bastyr’s Teaching Clinic, working with hundreds of patients on a variety of health issues. She has given over 100 nutrition workshops, speaks regularly at health and nutrition conferences and was the keynote speaker at Bastyr University’s Commencement Ceremony 2019. She serves on the board of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition and was Chair of Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine. Additionally, she hosts the podcast “Mary’s Nutrition Show”, and is the author of the books “Serving the Broccoli Gods", and the forthcoming “The Microbiome Reset Diet.”