We have a winner! Lucky #11, aka Amanda! Look for an e-mail from me today. Thanks, everyone, for entering.
At the beginning of the crazy holiday season, I had an opportunity to try a product, recommended to me by my therapist, that could help alleviate my PMDD/severe PMS symptoms. The product, Natural Calm, was provided to me free of charge for review, so I figured what have I got to lose? I began taking a dose each morning and hoped to see results.
But before I tell you about how Natural Calm helped me, let me back up a sec and tell you a little about the product itself.
Natural Calm is touted as “the anti-stress drink.” It’s a highly absorbable magnesium supplement in an ionic powder form that you dissolve in water and drink.
Magnesium and calcium are two nutrients that should be present in the body in balance in order for us to fully be in good health. According to the Natural Calm flier, unless the two are in proper balance, magnesium becomes depleted (which can occur from too much calcium), resulting in an inability to quickly recover from stress. Or it can be a source of stress itself.
Some of the symptoms of magnesium depletion include stress, fatigue and low energy, inability to sleep, muscle tension, anxiousness and nervousness, irritability, headaches, and PMS and hormonal imbalances.
I don’t know about you, but I can honestly say I experience all of those things from time to time, particularly as “that time of the month” approaches.
So when my therapist recommended I give Natural Calm a try to see if it would improve my anxiety, I listened to her. I drank a glass of the lemon-raspberry flavor each morning for the month of November. I noticed that I felt less irritable, which is saying a lot for someone who has severe PMS. During the time of month I usually snap at my family (thank you, hormones), I was calm. My PMS symptoms improved. I felt generally better and had a month with no anxiety attacks.
In December, I stopped taking Natural Calm daily because I wanted to see if my PMS symptoms returned. They did! At the first sign of anger, anxiety, and irritability (my trifecta of severe PMS-related mood symptoms), I drank a glass of Natural Calm and felt better.
Now, when I know the day is going to be a hard one, I try to start out with a glass of Natural Calm. I use a period tracker app on my iPhone to track what are typically the 2 days per month when I experience anxiety and severe PMS symptoms-it’s THAT bad sometimes. So, during the week before my period (when those 2 days fall), I drink Natural Calm each morning to try to ward off my PMS symptoms.
I’m no doctor, and I’m not saying that Natural Calm will fix all your troubles, but I do think that if you experience symptoms like those listed above, you should consider talking to your doctor about including Natural Calm in your daily diet. It has really helped me with my anxiety and PMS.
For more information, check out Natural Vitality’s website, like their Facebook page, and follow their bi-monthly publication (Organic Connect) on Twitter. You can also find Natural Calm at a 40% discount on e-tailers such as Vitacost and The Vitamin Shoppe.
To celebrate finding something that actually works on my anxiety and PMS, I’m giving away a full-sized bottle of Natural Calm to one of you this Friday!
To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is comment below about why you think Natural Calm would help you. On Friday, I’ll select the winner randomly (using Random.org).
For one additional entry, tweet about this contest on Twitter. Be sure to include @jamesandjax and @organicconnect in your tweet and then leave a comment below telling me you did this.
Disclosure: This is not a paid review; however, I received one complimentary bottle of Natural Calm for review. The views and opinions expressed in this post are purely my own.