When it comes to your period, many women experience both constipation and menstrual bloating.
These symptoms often go hand in hand and can combine to leave women feeling miserable.
You see, constipation causes the food in the intestinal tract to get stuck and stop passing through at the regular rate. When the rate of passage slows down, the food doesn’t stop fermenting and that fermenting produces gas and bloating. At time passes, more extreme bloating will occur.
Thus, relieving constipation can be a fast way to also get rid of uncomfortable bloating. Here are five tips to get rid of constipation:
1. Drink aloe vera juice
Buy George’s Aloe Vera Juice or a similar debittered aloe vera juice and drink ½ cup three times a day to get your colon to move. As your colon moves the gas and bloating will lessen and eventually disappear.
2. Take a colon cleanser
There are many natural colon cleansers available that will help you move your bowels, which in turn will reduce and eliminate gas and bloating. One ingredient to look for in a colon cleanser is cascara sagrada, an herb that has been shown to be an effective constipation reliever.
3. Drink Senna tea
Senna is an herbal laxative that is very effective at relieving constipation and getting rid of bloating.
4. Eat high fiber food
Foods that are high in fiber can really get the bowels moving. Eat high fiber foods before your period to help prevent constipation and premenstrual bloating from occurring. Foods that are high in fiber include: beans, apples, pears, broccoli, asparagus and almonds.
5. Take magnesium
This is a fast, easy way to get rid of bloating. Take a 400 mg to 500 mg capsule and wait to feel better. The results should occur fast. This works because magnesium deficiency is a common cause of PMS bloating and other PMS symptoms. You should start to see results in a few hours.
One more way to reduce or even avoid PMS bloating is to take a period vitamin which will help you maintain proper vitamin and mineral levels and avoid such PMS symptoms as bloating and constipation.
In this case, a little advance preparation – i.e. taking a period vitamin regularly – can help you avoid a lot of discomfort later on.