Women who are experiencing PMS are the people most affected by water retention. Some people take water retention well, and will barely notice the bloated feeling. Some other people, however, are greatly affected by water retention and may feel uncomfortable for days. Usually, water retention is brought about by changes in the body’s hormone production during PMS. If water retention is hindering your day to day activities, here’s how you can stop it.
Supplements. There are plenty of supplements that have been promoted as cures for water retention. However, few actually work. Two of the supplements that create an effect in women, however, are calcium and magnesium supplements. Calcium supplements of 1,200 milligrams per day will relieve water retention as well as other PMS symptoms. Magnesium supplements of 300 milligrams will usually relieve water retention as well. Be sure to consult your doctor before taking in supplements, however. Magnesium, for example, can stress the body if you have kidney or heart problems.
Exercise. Because water retention is mostly brought about by hormonal changes, exercise is recommended for relieving water retention. First, exercise balances the hormones that the body produces and reverses the sedentary lifestyle that women with PMS usually have. Exercise also sweats off the water in the body, to effectively release excess water. Tennis or other related sports three to five times each week will usually suffice. You can also jog in the mornings to get your daily dose of exercise.
Lifestyle. Next, avoid lifestyle habits that damage the body. Alcohol and caffeine will stress the pancreas and the liver, and will usually promote water retention. Some people think that caffeine helps relieve water retention because of the diuretic properties of coffee. A better alternative, however, is to drink tea which is soothing and more calming as well. Cigarette smokers also show higher rates and more severe symptoms of water retention.
Diet. Eating healthy will also promote a more balanced hormonal production in the body. Avoid junk food and fast food that are high in fat and salt. Instead, opt for home cooked meals using organic vegetables and low-glycemic and high fiber foods such as oats and grains. Contrary to popular belief, you should maintain at least eight glasses of water, since water itself does not cause water retention. Instead, it is caused by hormonal imbalances. Drinking at least eight glasses of water will flush out toxins that may be causing the imbalance.
Salt. Finally, minimizes your salt intake. Salt is one of the compounds that cause water retention. Salt is a very powerful water retaining chemical, which is why people used to carry salt cubes in the desert to prevent water loss. If you have water retention problems, however, cut back on the salt. Also check out the ingredients you use. Deli meats, for example, are usually cured with salty sauces that will keep you bloated. Canned foods also are preserved using salt.
Lessen bloating and prevent water retention through these steps. You can also use over-the-counter supplements designed to minimize water retention in women undergoing PMS.