The reasons for period bloating are many. Water retention and gas are the culprits for period bloating. These two issues can contribute to women feeling like they have heavy, full bellies and that can contribute to a lack of self esteem. Bloating is one of the most common problems for women who experience PMS symptoms.
Water retention bloating happens because women generally take in higher salt foods during their period. This, combined with a lack of hydration, causes the body to hang onto excess water. One way to mitigate this type of bloating is to make sure to stay fully hydrated. When the body gets appropriate levels of water, it no longer feels the need to hang onto excess water. Another option is to take a diuretic. Diuretics are pills that help the body release excess water. These can be found over the counter, without a prescription.
Gas happens for different reasons. During a period, changes in estrogen and progesterone change the digestive system. This causes the body to create gas. This gas fills the intestines and creates bloat. To avoid gas from bloat, there are two things to do. The first is to not add more air to the digestive system. Air gets into the digestive tract through acts like chewing gum, drinking through a straw, or drinking carbonated beverages.
Another option is to avoid getting excess air in the digestive tract. Activities like chewing gum, drinking from a straw, or drinking carbonated beverages all add air into the digestive tract. Another thing to do is to make sure that you get plenty of fiber in your diet. By getting plenty of fiber the digestive tract keeps things moving.
Bloating occurs during PMS for the same reasons that all other PMS symptoms happen, hormone changes. The problem is that all PMS symptoms are linked together. The body wants to store water because the uterus is swelling, which causes back pain and cramps. Gas and digestive upset happen because hormones change the bodily signals. Food cravings happen when there is a drop in blood sugar. This drop forces women to taking in high fat and high salt foods, which leads to water retention. Fighting each individual symptom can be a difficult task. This means that it is important to find a supplement that will tackle all of the PMS symptoms together.
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