You know it’s coming. You begin to crave chocolate so bad you’d run over squirrels just to get it. Various commercials have you reaching for tissues and you want to live in your yoga pants. Why: because that time of the month is around the corner and you’re bloated. Which begs the question:
How do you get rid of PMS bloating?
In your Quickie of the week, I’m going to show you how you no longer have to feel uncomfortable, ugly and fat, because damn it girl, you’re beautiful. So below I’ve provided a recap of what you can expect from this week’s video.
Why we get bloated during that time of the month
Let me set the record straight that in even healthy females, bloating does happen, but the results are pretty minimal.
Where things become a bit more challenging is when you’re grappling with excess amounts of estrogen. Estrogen causes the body to reabsorb sodium and where salt goes, water flows. So if you’re suffering from fibroids, cysts, PCOS and endometriosis, that monthly PMS bloating will be a bit more challenging for you.
Progesterone also causes sodium retention but it doesn’t store it in the same free-floating space as estrogen does. It also tends to work on regulating other hormones that causes the excretion of fluid. So in other words progesterone is somewhat of a diuretic. Sweet!
What you can do to reduce PMS bloating
First and foremost, reduce your estrogen exposure by taking the plastics out of your world and replacing it with glass. Also you’ll want to add in foods that remove bad estrogens from your system like cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower. Just make sure you cook them to break down the goitrogens, which can otherwise, inhibit the thyroid gland.
Next DRINK MORE WATER. It may sound counterintuitive, but by drinking more water, you’ll be able to flush out excess amounts of water from the body. And if you’re bloated during your period and you tend to be someone who has heavy menstrual cycles your water demands will actually increase. You can’t reduce any PMS bloating without the addition of water. Period. (No pun intended).
Lastly make my Cream of Parsley soup. Parsley is a diuretic and this soup adds a good dose of parsley to help flush out that water without flushing out the minerals from your body.
- 1 good handful of fresh parsley
- 1 tbsp organic unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 large white onion chopped
- 3 cups organic chicken stock
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- Salt to taste (I use roughly 1 tsp)
- Cracked pepper
- Begin by blanching parsley in water for about 30 seconds to one minute.
- Remove and chop roughly and set aside.
- In a hot pan over medium heat, add in butter, onions and garlic and mix until onions are caramelized (roughly five minutes).
- Then in a medium-sized pot, bring chicken stock to a boil, add in coconut milk and add in onion and garlic mixture along with parsley.
- Add salt and pepper then throw the entire mixture into your high-powered blender, blend on high pour and enjoy.