Water retention during your period, what to do and what to eat


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Is it possible that in the week of the cycle I gain weight? And that he sees me swollen everywhere? Affirmative answer to both questions. Fortune that does not last long. Find out what to do in the meantime

Do you feel bloated during your period? This is normal: the hormonal storm that occurs before and during menstruation affects the body with water retention. Changes in female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) have consequences on the balance of sodium and water in the body and on an increase in appetite. The result is, in fact, the water retention that manifests itself in swollen belly and thighs before your period, and in some cases even in swollen fingers and face. All this also causes a slight weight gain or cellulite, but don’t worry: it is always and only about liquids that go away as soon as menstruation is over!

Swollen belly during your period

Many women experience abdominal bloating during their period that they feel like they are be increased in size. The reason? “The intestine is very rich in receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter that is altered especially before the menstrual flow: this leads to an alteration of intestinal function, with abnormal fermentations – clarifies the professor Alessandra Graziottin, Director of the Center for Gynecology and Medical Sexology at San Raffaele Resnati in Milan.

It is also not uncommon to find a weight gain: some women, in the week of the cycle with 3-4 kilos more. The appetite increases excessively, and is accentuated for some foods, sweet or decidedly salty ».

The hunger pangs are triggered by a drop in sugars in the blood leading to craving for carbohydrates, snacks and sweet foods. It is also believed that thevoracious appetite can be determined by the decrease in serotonin, a substance that helps you rest well, stabilizes the mood and regulates the level of estrogen and progesterone. To compensate for these physiological declines, it is important to choose foods rich in complex carbohydrates, even better if “long-lasting”, such as wholemeal pasta and bread, legumes (beans, chickpeas and lentils), corn flour products or potatoes.

After how long you deflate from your period

If you are wondering how long the weight gain lasts during your period, the answer is little! The good news is that already towards the third-fourth day from the beginning of menstruation you lose weight, because the hormones return to normal. And we begin to lose fluids, and therefore to deflate. You will also notice that you will need to urinate more. And immediately after your period you will go back to the one you were before.

Meanwhile, on critical days, i.e. before and during the cycle try to avoid very salty foods, responsible for increasing water retention, and preserved foods, especially canned, which contain glutamate, a substance that increases irritability and blood pressure. In general, excessive salt, tea and coffee and alcohol are not recommended, while fruit and vegetables, fish and fresh cheeses are good for you.

To combat water retention you can salt foods with potassium chloride (purchased at the pharmacy) instead of sodium chloride (common salt). The increase in weight and size, on the other hand, can be countered by practicing daily physical movement: a 45-minute walk at a good pace is already an excellent help.

Remedies for cycle water retention

A help against the swelling of the whole organism can also come from nature, exploiting the draining properties of some plants, such as: dandelion birch, milk thistle and pineapple. They are found in the form of supplements in liquid and tablets. When taken before and during your period, they help fight the puffy face, but also the thighs, hips and stomach, in short, all the areas affected by water retention.

An additional ally against the typical swelling of the cycle can be found in the Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine or “woman’s vitamin”. In addition to water retention, it can benefit the treatment of premenstrual symptoms such as breast tension, headache, irritability, nausea, dizziness and lightheadedness.

The foods richer in this vitamin are: brewer’s yeast, sunflower seeds, toasted wheat germ, soy flour, dried lentils, whole grains, legumes, bananas, potatoes, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. It can also be taken with special supplements.


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