It might not surprise you to learn that most women gain weight while on their period – in this article we are going to answer some common questions about menstrual weight gain, or water weight gain, and also give you some natural ways you can get rid of it.
Does PMS cause weight gain?
Fluctuating hormones brought on by PMS can cause weight gain. But here’s the important thing you need to understand – PMS does not have to cause weight gain. When your hormones are balanced and you have no vitamin and mineral deficiencies and your body is operating optimally, you won’t gain any weight.
How much weight on average do women gain during their period?
There is no set average. The amount of weight you gain depends on your body, your lifestyle and your diet.
How soon does weight gained during your period go away?
Again, this depends on your body. The big key here is getting your hormones back in balance as fast as possible. When hormonal balance is achieved, the excess weight will start to disappear as your body resets to its normal status. Here is an example of how having hormones out of balance can cause weight gain during your period:
Many women experience low levels of boron, which prevent the body from making estrogen and progesterone, which leads to PMS water weight gain. If you keep your boron at the proper level, however, you can avoid PMS weight gain.
Another factor that causes hormones to get out of whack is consuming too much food with pesticides on it. This can cause you to become estrogen-dependent and unable to maintain the proper progesterone levels, which keep you from gaining water weight during your period.
Here’s a tip to avoid this situation: eat yams. Yams are high in progesterone and can help restore your level to the normal range so that you eliminate water weight.
Another Natural Way to Eliminate
PMS Water Weight Gain
Taking Vitamin B6 (500 mg) is a great way to naturally get rid of water weight. Vitamin B6 is called pyridoxine and studies have shown that it is typically low in women who experience water weight gain during their period.
Something else to keep in mind is that if you are low in one B vitamin there is a good chance you are low in others as these vitamins tend to support each other in the body. In other words, you should take a B complex vitamin that includes not just B6 but also B1, B2, B3, B5, B12, folic acid, choline, biotin and inositol.
This is the best way to ensure your vitamin – and hormone – levels are correct so that you can quickly get rid of the water weight and any other weight you gained during your period.