How to de-bloat when you're on your period
Ladies, you can actually stop Aunty Flo from turning you into a balloon during those five days.
There is no denying the fact that those 5 days of the month are tougher than climbing the Everest. After all, tolerating the excruciating menstrual cramps accompanied by all the discomfort down there and well--the incessant mood swings is no child's play.
Even if you want to tread on the path of optimism and decide to distract yourself from all these atrocities by going out and chilling for a while, there's an obstacle that can seriously make you lose your patience with Mother Nature. So much so that you may end up questioning Mother Nature's injustice to women.
We're talking about all that bloating and swelling that tag along with your monthlies. For starters, it can make you hate those once-lovely outfits that you bought filled with hopes of flaunting them at an outing. Secondly, walking around with a heavier body can make you uneasy AF.
But Before You Question Mother Nature Further, Know Why She Turns You Into a Balloon
You obviously know about the uncountable hormonal changes that take place in your body-especially when you're on your period, right? Well, it turns out that those changes are responsible for more than just making you bleed.
"Bloating usually occurs as a result of the hormone progesterone," points out Dr. Anuradha Kapoor, director and head of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology unit at Max Hospital, Saket.
Basically, as soon as the ovulation occurs, the body is all set to be pregnant only to be ditched later and realize that it's got to let go of the uterus lining it prepared to conceive the foetus. The preparation time also happens to be the time when the progesterone levels in your body begin to skyrocket and thus make you bloat up like a balloon.
In short, this pregnancy-like bloating is progesterone's revenge on you for not actually getting pregnant.
The Result? You're Likely To Experience Swelling in These Body Parts
"You could experience bloating in your abdominal area along with your breasts which also might get more tender than usual," says Dr. Loveleena Nadir, senior consultant gynaecologist and obstetrician at Fortis La Femme, Delhi.
In fact, there's some swelling in the brain too, which is why you get those headaches and have those mood swings, explains Kapoor.
But Don't Worry, Here's How You Can Prevent Bloating
Ladies, you can't lose heart just yet. Because you know what? We've got you covered. Just like those cramps can be taken care of, taking certain precautions can stop that bloating from making your periods worse.
For starters, Nadir suggests making healthy lifestyle choices-especially when your periods are around the corner. "Ditching spicy, salty, and fried food for fresh fruits and green, leafy vegetables when you know you're about to get down can really help your case," says Nadir.
She also recommends exercising regularly, upping your water intake and having cold-water baths in order to avoid swelling.
In fact, Kapoor says that relying on supplements like--vitamin E, vitamin B12, and Primrose capsules which are rich in omega 6 fatty acids and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)--can help you prevent bloating along with relieving the other symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). What more do you want from life?
Bloated Already? Congratulations! You Can Alleviate The Swelling Too
See, we understand that dealing with feeling like a balloon along with going through the other painfully annoying effects of menstruation can be cumbersome beyond words. But ladies, don't you ever succumb to any antidotes that are not natural.
"Stick to measures like avoiding salty food and drinking a lot of water during your period in order to avoid water retention and the resultant bloating", says Nadir.
And need we remind you about the deflating powers of our go-to slimming drink-green tea?
Now that you know what to do, we hope that you sail through those 5 days this month smoothly. All the best, girls.