If it’s that time of the month, or if you’ve just overindulged, you may feel bloated, puffy, and cranky. Sound familiar?
We’ve all been there, but luckily, there are a few quick tips that you can use to reduce bloating and water weight and feel your best right away:
- Hydrate by drinking more water. Drinking extra fluids will help to flush sodium out of your system and ease water retention that causes bloating associated with PMS.
- Cut sodium out of your diet. By avoiding fast food, canned soups, and deli meats, you will be able to reduce your sodium intake and eliminate fluid retention as a result.
- Stay away from refined carbohydrates. Stop eating white pasta, white bread, and chips, which are easily broken down into glucose and stored in your body for energy. As these carbohydrates are stored, water molecules will attach to the glucose to make you feel bloated and heavy.
- Focus on your fiber intake. Eat natural and fresh high-fiber foods like vegetables and fruit that will quickly pass through your digestive tract and flush your system of water.
- Get moving! Exercising regularly boosts your metabolism and flushes excess water from your system. As you exercise, you will stimulate muscles that push water and food through your digestive system. Breaking a sweat will ease fluid retention and bloating, and moderate exercise can also reduce headaches, cramps, and lower back pain associated with PMS.
- Be cautious in your use of diuretics. Although a diuretic may temporarily ease bloating, when you stop taking it, your body will retain more water. This can cause bloating side effects for one to two weeks afterward, and it can also lead to a dependency on diuretics.
- Consider using a natural diuretic. Drinking dandelion or chamomile tea, or enjoying noncarbonated water with lime or lemon, will help to naturally detoxify and flush your body. This is a natural and gentle alternative to over-the-counter diuretics to help minimize bloating around your period.
- Stop drinking soft drinks. Sodas contain caffeine that can dehydrate you, and they also contain phosphorus, which can cause inflammation in your intestines to make you feel even more bloated.
- Cut back on eating dairy products. Dairy products that contain the milk sugar lactose can often worsen symptoms of bloating. Try cutting back on dairy temporarily to see if it helps reduce water weight gain, and minimize dairy accordingly around your period.
By making a few simple changes in your diet, you can greatly minimize some of the most uncomfortable symptoms associated with PMS – bloating and water weight gain. Finally!
About the Author
Bethany Ramos is a beauty and health writer that co-owns her own website, The Coffee Bump. For a great selection of the Bodum French Press, check out Bethany Ramos’ website today!