If you are a woman, you know how awful “that time of the month” can be. Pain, bloating, feeling irritable and emotional and a general state of low-energy are typical PMS symptoms.
However, what you may not know is that there are ways in which you can help yourself get rid of these symptoms. If you want to find out more on how to relieve yourself from PMS bloating, then read on.
Premenstrual Syndrome Explained Clearly
To understand how bloating appear during the PMS and how you can get rid of it, the first thing you will have to do is how PMS actually “works”.
First of all, you should know that PMS usually occurs in the last half of a woman’s menstrual cycle, but that this depends a lot on each woman.
As a matter of fact, every single symptom that is “typical” of PMS for one person may not be “typical” for the other, since every woman’s body is different and it can react differently to various stimuli.
Symptoms of the Premenstrual Syndrome may (or may not) include the following: oversensitivity, anger, depression, crying and irritability (at a psychological level) and bloating, pain and tender breasts (at a physical level).
While the pain is usually associated with the release of the ovules that have not been fecundated, the other two physical symptoms are mostly associated with water retention.
Tips and Tricks to Beat PMS Bloating
Now that you understand better why bloating appears at the end of the menstrual cycle, you will want to know how exactly you can beat it with the help of various remedies.
Here is a list of the most commonly encountered ways in which women from all over the world get rid of this uncomfortable symptom:
1- Salt-less food. Salt is known to “help” with water retention and this is one of the reasons for which it is forbidden in a number of medical conditions (including those medical conditions related to the kidneys).
Since bloating is caused by water retention, you will want to stay away from anything that may push your body into retaining even more water than the usual.
2- Chocolate. There you go: now you have a reason to eat chocolate without feeling bad about it. Cocoa can be extremely powerful in fighting bloating so do choose dark chocolate instead of its milkier, more calorie-rich versions.
In addition to its anti-bloating effects, chocolate has yet another great power: that of making us happier (and it is scientifically proven that chocolate can increase the levels of the so-called “happiness hormones” in the body).
3- Avocado. Now, this is a truly amazing product out there and it can be efficient in fighting almost all the PMS symptoms. Furthermore, you can eat it in so many ways that it is impossible to get bored of it: plain, in a salad, in a sandwich, and in many other ways.
4- Water. There is probably nothing as simple as this, but it is one of the most logical things to do when bloating. Drinking plenty of water will help you release all the extra-retentions in your body.
5- Green tea. If water doesn’t do it for you, then green tea will definitely do it. This is a great beverage that helps eliminated extra water from your body and in addition to this, drinking it is a very healthy habit (it can prevent cancer and aging!).
However, do keep in mind that it is better to take it without any sweeteners. Also, you may want to know the fact that peppermint and parsley tea can have the same anti-bloating effect.
6- Celery. This functions quite a lot on the same principle as plain water or green tea, because this type of food is very rich in water. If a lot of plain water or green tea do not appeal to you, then this option may sound better.
7- If you see that your body simply refuses to respond to any kind of natural diuretic, then you can try diuretic pills out. They may do what water and green tea didn’t do for you.
8- Exercise more. OK, this may be a bit difficult if you usually feel low-energy when your period approaches, but try some light exercises, such as stretching or Yoga.
Working out is believed to improve one’s mood and it can help you sweat a bit, which will get you rid of the extra-water (and thus, it will get you rid of the bloating).
9- Calcium supplements. It happens quite often that people who have some sort of calcium deficiency bloat more than those who don’t. Thus, taking calcium supplements may be a good idea for you, but it is better if you talk to your doctor about it first.
10- Bananas. If you are looking for a healthy and delicious sweet snack, then this fruit is the “place” to go. In addition to the fact that it is an excellent source of proteins, one banana can help you reduce bloating as well.
11- Pumpkin seeds. If you are looking for a healthy and delicious salty snack instead (or, at least a snack that isn’t’ sweet, since salt will be forbidden for you), then pumpkin seeds may be great, especially if you want to reduce PMS bloating.
12- Dark greens. Kale and spinach can be a great choice if you want to reduce bloating and give yourself a boost. Also, they are excellent because they can be cooked in a very large number of ways.
13- Salmon. The delicious fatty fish can have amazing benefits on your life and less bloating is most definitely one of them!