Water retention; glorious PMS. Here's a non-hormonal, dietary solution.

PMS: Me and My “Fat” Pants

Due to PMS, I was forced to wear my “fat” pants two days a month, not to mention the special extra hige sized bra 😀 I’ve found a non-hormonal dietary solution that made me get rid of these pants! Or at least … I feel less fat around these days. Just a bit soft, that’s all!

I used to have ‘skinny’ pants and ‘fat’ pants, as I call them jokingly. They’re jeans that I wore depending on the time of the month; about two days a month I was forced to wear my ‘fat’ pants, which are slightly larger in size than my ‘skinny’ pants. Why? ‘Cause my butt would be about twice the size (well, not exactly, but just to illustrate phenomenon) as the rest of the month, my belly is ballooning and those tits … my goodness! All due to PMS.  Glorious PMS.

What exactly is PMS?
PMS refers to a wide range of symptoms that occur with 80% of fertile women during the last week or last two weeks of their menstrual cycle. These symptoms vary in severity* and property, from  (abdominal) bloating, swelling (hands, feet, ankles, breasts), weight gain, swollen, painful breasts and anemia to an increase of appetite, tiredness, insomnia, anxiety, irritability and feelings of depression.  I will continue focussing on weight gain, bloat and swelling.

Why do my pants not fit?
Weight gain, bloat and swelling during PMS are caused by bad water retention due to hormonal shifts in the body. These hormonal shifts are encompass an increase of progesterone and estrogen

The solution to weight gain, swelling and bloat
One way to relief weight gain, swelling and bloat caused by PMS is hormone therapy by taking  birth control pills for instance. But these symptoms can be decreased by a much less rigorous and hormone-free treatment, namely dietary management. Take these advises into account:

1.Limit salt intake to 1,000mg-2,000mg (processed meats, salted snacks) to reduce bloating, weight gain and breast tenderness
2. Eat 6 small meals throughout the day, while larger meals can ge meals can exacerbate water retention. Smaller meals also balance your blood sugar level, helping you to stay unwanted food cravings ahead. Besides, make sure all these meals contain  complex carbohydrates, to increase serotonin levels to fight depression.
3. Eat plenty of asparagus, onion, celery and cucumbers, which are water rich foods and known for their water shifting abilities, reducing water retention.

4. Make sure you take in enough calcium. A good source for calcium is broccoli. Non-vegans can also opt for dairy products.
 
5. Drink more water, at least 8 glasses a day.

Soothing other PMS symptoms:

  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat natural, unprocessed foods.
  • Limit simple sugar like candy bars.
  • Limit foods that are high in saturated fats, like red meat, processed snacks and fried food
  • Completely eliminate caffeine, including decaffeinated coffee.
  • Avoid alcohol (which is a source of sugar).
If you suffer from PMS, these (supplemented) vitamins might help:
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B1 a.k.a. thiamin 
  • Magnesium
  • Chromium
  • Borage oil
  • 5-HTP
  • Primrose oil
Moreover, take enough time to relax, get enough sleep and exercise, during your PMS as well as beyond your PMS, while this balances your hormones. Especially when I have lower back pains, I find it soothing to do exercises that target my lower back. It kind of has a tranquilizing effect for this area. Going for a jog (or, if you prefer, a brisk walk) helps reduce fluid retention, breast tenderness (make sure you strap them in well 😉 and reduces depressive moods.

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* If you suffer from extreme physical and psychological symptoms that interfere with your everyday life, you might suffer from Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

 

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4 comments

  1. You’re welcome Angela. Yeah? I mean, I don’t drink too much fluids. I’m used of that that’s why I feel bloated when I drink water more than the amount that I usually drink. It’s a worrisome, right? I might get dehydrated.

  2. I am astounded with your image. You’re gorgeous and I kinda intimidating. Actually, this is the first time I visit your blog and I am thankful for crossing this blogsite because I have found also a post that talking about PMS which fertile women commonly experiencing. It is true that muscle pain such as breast and leg are the ones I suffered. So, I am taking L-theanine. How does theanine help PMS? By simultaneously increasing dopamine and GABA levels in the brain while also increasing alpha wave activities. But still, I do limit my salt and sugar intake, but drinking lots of water ain’t a good idea for me because I feel so bloated afterwards. I hope that there’s an alternative drinks for it though.

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