If you are looking to reduce PMS weight gain, there are a few things you need to know.
First, a lot of times menstruation weight gain is actually water retention. We’ll discuss this more in a minute. You also need to be aware that just because you are experiencing menstruation weight gain now, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will continue experiencing it in the future.
Now back to water retention. The truth is PMS water retention alone can cause a weight gain of 2 to 15 pounds. When you gain that much weight it’s only natural that your clothes aren’t going to fit and you are going to feel bloated and unattractive.
1 – Drink Herbal Teas
Here are three herbal teas that work particularly well for eliminating PMS weight gain:
Ginger Tea – This tea works because ginger acts to reduce inflammation in your body, which in turn prevents weight gain. More specifically, ginger tea reduces inflammation in the abdomen and it also improves the water balance in your body. Drink ginger tea and you’ll feel thinner in a few hours.
PMS Tea – A combination of milk thistle and a few other herbs, this tea also acts to erase PMS symptoms. Milk thistle is known to improve liver function, by releasing the toxins that are built up there you can reduce weight gain. You’ll also feel better as herbalists have realized for centuries that one of the main reasons women experience PMS is because of congestion in the liver. Using milk thistle to clean out liver congestion will result in few PMS symptoms along with less weight gain.
Senna-Peppermint Tea – This herbal tea is great for relieving constipation which many women experience during their period. Having food sitting in your colon not only adds weight but the food ferments and releases gas which causes bloating. The Senna-peppermint will help remove the fermenting food so that you drop weight and feel better quickly. The peppermint should also help soothe you and reduce cramps.
2 – Eat the right foods to reduce PMS weight gain
Another way to prevent menstruation weight gain is to eat healthier foods. Eating healthy will also keep you from taking potentially harmful medication that might produce unwanted side effects, including weight gain.
You should try to eat more of the following foods: non-starchy vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds (in handful amounts only each day), protein foods and dairy foods. You should stay away from vegetable oils, except for olive and coconut oil, and processed foods, high sugar foods and processed meat products.
3 – Undergo a Colon Cleanse
Another way to reduce menstrual weight gain is to undergo a colon cleanse. This is another way to remove old food from the digestive tract that doesn’t need to be there. Remember, the longer food remains in the colon the more it becomes toxic. It may also emit gas that can make you feel bloated and uncomfortable.
Experts say that food only needs to remain in the colon for four to six hours, so don’t be afraid to use a colon cleanse to eliminate constipation, lose weight and feel better.
4 – Exercise more
Getting more exercise will improve circulation, which in turn can act to reduce water weight and swelling from PMS. Exercising also helps curb your appetite so there is less chance of you binge eating and giving into cravings.
5 – Take a Period Vitamin
The right Period Vitamin can give your body the herbs and minerals it needs to function at its best. For example, a Period Vitamin with magnesium will help prevent constipation and ensure that your colon does not hold food for too long. Here’s another example, Period Vitamin contains calcium which will help you prevent painful cramps. Period Vitamin also contain herbs, such as raspberry leaves, that prevent PMS symptoms, such as weight gain and PMS water retention.
Just remember to focus on natural ways to reduce PMS weight gain and other PMS symptoms to avoid potentially dangerous side effects from medication.