If there’s one part of PMS that almost every woman hates dealing with, bloating would be it. You’re already sensitive about your body weight and then PMS comes along and your pants are fitting even tighter than normal.
While retaining water is, unfortunately, a common part of the PMS process, it’s not normal. However, there are some great strategies that you can use to combat PMS bloating until you find and eliminate the root cause of your PMS symptoms.
Let’s look at a few of the top tips to know and remember:
Drink More Water
While you might think the last thing you want to be doing is putting more water into your body when you are already in a bloated state, this is exactly what you do want to do.
Remember, the more water you put into your body, the more water you’ll push out. Often when you are severely bloated, it’s because your body is holding onto what water it does have. This could be, in part, due to dehydration.
Make a conscious effort to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water each day, possibly even more when suffering from PMS.
If you can’t get that water in, try adding a few slices of lemon, lime, or a handful of berries to a pitcher. Let sit for 30 minutes and you’ll have lightly flavored water in no time.
Avoid Processed Foods
It’s also important that when you are suffering from PMS bloating, you avoid processed foods. These foods are usually rich in simple sugars and salt, both of which may cause you to retain water.
Instead, focus on eating foods in their natural states. Whole grains, leafy greens, fruits, as well as lean proteins and healthy fats should be your go-to choices.
Also, concentrate on eating smaller snacks and meals more frequently throughout the day rather than three large meals. This will decrease bloating further and ensure you have a steady stream of energy at all times.
Eat Celery And Asparagus
Two foods you’ll want to include in your diet to help naturally combat bloating are celery and asparagus. These foods act as natural diuretics for the body. They are a great way to help push out any excess water you may be retaining.
Try snacking on some celery and nut butter or alternatively, steaming some asparagus to go with your meal.
Try Dandelion Tea
Finally, if all of these fail and you are still feeling bloated, dandelion tea may do the trick. This herbal tea has been well-known to have diuretic effects. It can help your body flush out the excess water it’s retaining.
Sip a cup or two, preferably early in the day so you are wide awake and able to use the bathroom!
Drinking before bed may hinder your sleep.
So there you have a few of the top points to remember next time you’re suffering from severe PMS-related bloating. Remember these are only bandaids to the real solution, which is eliminating PMS all together!
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Rich Jacobs is a Board Certified Integrative and Functional Nutrition Practitioner who specializes in resolving gut, insomnia, low libido, fatigue and fat issues. He uses a holistic approach and functional lab work to identify root causes such as hormone imbalances or gut pathogens that could be impacting your health.