6 ways to beat the dreaded PMS bloat
Your jeans suddenly feel tight and you’re burping more than Aunty Ethel after a big Sunday lunch – the bloat is back.
Just before your period, levels of progesterone are raised which slow down movement in your tummy. This means that food passes more slowly through your body, leading to bloating, constipation and the dreaded excessive wind.
However making a few simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can help banish the bloat – and hopefully the burping!
We know you may not feel like it, but exercise can help get your gut moving properly again. If you don’t feel up to a mega workout, even a brisk walk for a half an hour a day could make a difference.
2. Cut out salt
Salt can cause bloating and water retention so can make period-related bloating worse. Don’t add extra salt to your food and avoid salt-laden goodies, especially takeaways and fast food.
3. Drink lots of water
Good old H2O restores the sodium balance in the body and helps settle your gut. If you’re craving a hot drink, try peppermint or chamomile tea. Ditch fizzy drinks or water though the gas in these will only irritate your tummy even more.
4. Be careful of fibre
Most of the time fibre is your friend, but during your period, it’s best avoided as it can be difficult to digest, leading to excess gas and bloating.
5. Eat smaller meals
Eating a big meal can leave you feel puffier than erm… a puffer fish, so during your period stick to eating smaller meals throughout the day. Smaller meals are easier to digest, which takes the pressure off your gut.
6. Banish brussels!
Foods that create excess gas such as beans, cabbage and brussel sprouts need to be ditched when you’re feeling bloated as they’ll just add to your problem.