A little water retention is great for filling out your bikini top but leaves much to be desired when it comes to squeezing into your skinny jeans. If a puffed up tummy is one of the unpleasant symptoms of your monthly cycle, then follow these dietary tips to keep your abs flat and PMS bloat in check.
Indulge in H2O – By keeping your cells and tissues properly hydrated every day throughout the month you’ll not only feel better but you’re less likely to retain fluid before your period. Plus, staying well hydrated with good old-fashioned H2O works wonders for your skin, hair and nails.
Limit the Tiny Bubbles – For some of us ladies, the carbon dioxide that produces fizz in soft drinks and sodas can lead to a distended and gassy mid section. To keep these unpleasant side effects to a minimum, try limiting your consumption in the days before you start.
Steer Clear of Salt – Salty foods cause water retention and only exacerbate PMS bloat. If your stomach is prone to pooching, stay away from salty snacks and processed meats during your period. Instead load up on foods rich in protein which also serves as a natural diuretic.
Mind Your Menu – Believe it or not, even the good-for-you stuff can wreak havoc on some. If gas is a byproduct of your monthly cycle, pay particular attention to the veggies you eat around your “time of the month.” Certain foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, beans, lettuce, cabbage and even apples are tough for some girlys to digest which can lead to gassiness and the dreaded abdominal swelling.