4 Ways to De-Bloat During Your Period
One of the worst parts of your period is the bloated belly you get. Combined with cramps and fluctuations in estrogen levels, the feeling is unbearable. Halfway through your period your ovaries start producing hormones to help the de-swelling process, writes the “Women’s Health” magazine.
In the meantime, the magazine offers the following tips to help you to de-bloat.
Avoid Foods That Cause Gas
While broccoli and brusselsprouse may be part of your healthy diet, such foods are often hard for your stomach to break down properly. As the digestive system will slow down trying to get through those foods, you will end up feeling bloated. Other foods to avoid include beans, cabbage and cauliflower.
Don’t Stop Working Out
Exercising may be the last thing on your mind during your period, yet you should try to keep up your workout routine. This won’t only relive your bloating, but also other PMS symptoms. People who don’t engage in much physical activity tend to have more sluggish digestive systems.
Cut Back on Caffeine and Alcohol
Alcohol starts working negatively against your body even before your period starts. It enhances symptoms like mood swings and bloating. Coffee on the other hand can have negative effects on the digestive tract as well as dehydrate you.
Stop With the Carbonated Drinks
If you find yourself craving the sweetness of carbonated drinks, give it a second thought as it will leave you more bloated than before. The artificial sweeteners in those drinks will have you puff up, so when you feel thirsty try drinking water instead.