Just before your period

Suddenly feeling moody or irritable? Do headaches and breast tenderness sound familiar to you? You suddenly can’t fit into your favourite dress?  Don't worry. Millions of women experience these signs of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).  Some tips to get rid of these symptoms work wonders and you don't have to miss out doing your favourite things even on these days!

You may notice physical discomfort and mood swings as early as the second half of your cycle. Your symptoms might be particularly strong just before your period and subside once menstruation begins. Some symptoms are caused by water retention and can be alleviated or even stopped, if you follow some tips.

Here are our top 5 nutrition tips how to reduce water retention and ease PMS:
  1. Drink plenty of water! Contrary to what one might think, drinking water actually helps to decrease water retention and reduce bloating. Besides, water also helps flushing the toxins out of your body.  It works wonders and is so easy to do: Even if you are on the go, you can carry a little water bottle with you.
  2. Discover the power of watery fruits and vegetables. For example, watermelon and cucumber help you to stay hydrated and have a positive effect on your body.
  3. Lift your spirits with warm herbal teas and your favourite foods with a diuretic effect. Nettle or birch leaf tea, wholegrain rice, apples and cranberries can have a great effect.
  4. Indulge with foods with a high magnesium and vitamin E content. For example, bananas are high in magnesium and dried apricots are a great source of vitamin E -- and avocadoes are a great source of both!
  5. Be careful with salt, sugar, coffee and black tea.  A balanced nutrition - not too much sugar or salt -  will give you the energy you need and cut down on water retention at the same time. Also try to stay away from coffee and black tea. Although drinking is important for hydration, these products encourage your body to retain water.
What about keeping a journal of how various foods make you feel during your period? Do you have more personal tips? You can post them in the forum and read about other women’s experiences.

If you experience cramps that are so bad that regular “home remedies” have no effect, you should seek medical advice. And the best news at the end:  Period related water retention will normally be gone on its own, when your period is over!