How to Reduce Pre-Menstrual Bloating
In the week before your period, pre-menstrual symptoms like cramps, headaches and breast tenderness are very common.
While many of these symptoms can be helped with pain relievers (such as paracetamol), bloating is a symptom that is harder to treat and can negatively impact our mental health.
Defined by the retention of water in the body - such as the hands or legs – bloating can make us feel self-conscious at a time where we are already experiencing other difficulties.
And while some women will never experience this, others may go through this every month.
But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way.
There are, in fact, several ways of reducing pre-menstrual bloating.
Here are the three key steps to reducing your pre-menstrual bloat:
- Read the Label
While it is widely recognised that avoiding salty foods can improve bloating, not many people know that refined carbohydrates and potassium-rich foods can also play a role here.
(We didn’t know either!)
Potassium-rich foods, such as bananas or green vegetables, can help to reduce water retention by tackling sodium levels in the body.
Meanwhile, refined carbohydrates can cause raised insulin levels, resulting in increased bloating.
So, making it a habit to check for things like salt, potassium or refined carbohydrates on labels when you shop is a great place to start.
Salty foods and refined carbohydrates=Avoid!
Potassium-rich foods= Include!
- Natural Remedies
Diuretics are substances that promote the reduction of water retention in the body.
So, incorporating some of these natural remedies into your diet is the perfect way to help reduce your pre-menstrual bloating.
Some examples of foods that could be helpful to include in your diet are : garlic, cucumber, asparagus, spinach and watermelon.
(Although- we probably wouldn’t recommend eating these together.)
Exercise is imperative for reducing bloating.
But not just any kind of exercise- the hardest kind...
Sticking to a regular workout routine has countless benefits for the body, but especially for women.
Regular exercise promotes hormone regulation, which can help to stabilise the body and reduce pre-menstrual bloating.
Even a routine walk counts! And the best news of all is that this will also reduce pre-menstrual cramps.
Sounds like a win-win to us!
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As always, we wish you a wonderful period and a fantastic day!