There are some women who go through their monthly cycle without any problems, but there are others who experience a number of them. A common complaint is backache, pain, bloating, anxiety, mood swings, and mood swings. For some women, these symptoms can be managed by using hot water bags, drinking hot tea or by using home remedies; however, for others, these symptoms can be managed by using over-the-counter painkillers. What about bloating?
The amount of estrogen in your body skyrockets during your period, which results in water retention in the body. Another hormone that rises up during the second half of the menstrual cycle is progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone that is responsible for slowing digestion. Bloating can occur as early as one or two weeks before your period begins and usually lasts through it.
I have compiled a list of things you could try to relieve bloating during your period:
>1. Try to reduce the amount of salt you consume
Salt is made up of sodium, which is a mineral that aids the body in retaining water, resulting in bloating. During your period, you can try to minimize the amount of salt you consume in order to reduce bloating. Additionally, you should also avoid processed foods due to the fact that they contain a large amount of salt and sodium.
>2. Take a break from alcohol and coffee for a while
According to studies, alcohol and caffeine consumption during periods can cause bloating, as well as worsen other chronic health issues associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It is recommended that you drink plenty of water instead of these beverages during your period. This would help keep you hydrated and help you flush out your body of all the toxins.
>3. Increase your intake of potassium by adding it to your diet
In order to reduce period bloating, one should consume foods that are rich in potassium, such as green leafy vegetables, spinach, sweet potatoes, bananas, avocados and tomatoes. Researchers have found that potassium helps counterbalance the levels of sodium in the body and increases the flow of urine in the body. By doing so, water retention is reduced and menstrual cramps reduce as well.
>4. Limit carbohydrate intake
White flour, as well as processed sugars, are both packed with refined carbohydrates that can increase the levels of blood glucose. Consequently, insulin levels increase, causing the kidneys to retain more sodium in the body and ultimately, causing the body to retain more water.
In order to control bloating, you ought to avoid refined carbohydrates and foods containing sugar during your period.
>5. You should exercise
During your period, exercising may seem like the last thing you want to do, but all you need is a short walk or a short run to help you cope with period bloating, cramps, and irritation during your period. You can either move around the house, take a walk, do a few chores or engage in any physical activity you like. Yoga is another option you can pursue.
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