Fight that bloat!

Fight that bloat!

Here are some solutions for that annoying premenstrual bloating....

Avocados are rich in potassium and can help reduce period bloating

Bloating is considered as one of the most common premenstrual syndrome problems. The menstrual cycle is governed by two hormones: estrogen and progesterone. Under the effect of these hormones, your body retains excess water, which gives you the bloated feeling every month just prior to your periods. But, here are some helpful suggestions to fight that bloat:

Eat potassium-rich foods

Consumption of potassium-rich foods may help reduce period bloating and balance the fluid levels in your system. Potassium tends to decrease the sodium levels in your body and increase the urine output. Increased urination will help reduce water retention and period bloating discomfort. Opt for fruits and veggies which are high in potassium, especially if you’ve consumed a lot of salt in the previous few days. Potassium-rich foods that can reduce period bloating include tomatoes, bananas, avocados, mangoes and spinach.

Reduce your salt intake

Reducing salt intake will help decrease water retention and reduce the agony of bloating. Sodium in the salt actually determines the amount of water your body retains. Water is pulled along when the sodium moves into your cells. In order to maintain your salt levels, avoid processed and canned foods as they are highly salty. Consuming fresh and light home-cooked meals is the way to go.

Opt for diuretics

Foods which help your body produce urine can be a game changer. During bloating, you need to get rid of all that extra water your system is holding up. Consuming mild diuretics naturally or over the counter can be very helpful in this condition. Some of the natural diuretics are dandelion, cucumber, parsley, ginger, green and black tea.

(The author is a gynaecologist and obstetrics surgeon, CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram)