Alright ladies, it’s time to be honest. How many of us balloon up around a specific time of the month? We go from normal to this:
This is due to your body retaining water because of hormones (there are other reasons but for the sake of this post I’m going to focus on this cause). If you are tired of feeling like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters then listen up. There are some surprising ways to take some of that water out of your system.
1: Submerge yourself in water (such as a pool/the ocean)
This method actually worked for me! I lost a lot of the water my body was retaining after spending a few hours floating around in a pool. I am not too sure if something as small as a bathtub would work but it’s worth a shot.
2: Take in more magnesium/vitamin B6/potassium
These work against things like swelling and water retention inside your body. Eating more food such as bananas or taking vitamin supplements are a good way to get these essential nutrients.
3: Drink more water
I know this sounds counterproductive to ridding your body of excess water. Your body stores more water the more dehydrated you get. So to avoid your body storing excessive water make sure to drink the recommended amount of water.
4: Avoid salt
Avoiding salt continues in the line of drinking more water. Salt dehydrates your body and the higher levels of salt in your body the more water your body needs. Lowering your salt intake means less water your body needs to store.
5: Avoid caffeine/alcohol
Drinks such as coffee, tea, and alcohol dehydrate your body due to high levels of sugar and caffeine. Much like salt your body needs more water to balance these in your system.
6: Drink cranberry juice
Cranberry juice acts as a natural diuretic, meaning it helps flush water out of your system. This helps with water retention and is gentle on your body unlike some over the counter diuretics.
7: Eat a well-balanced diet
Eating a well-balanced diet of protein, carbs, fruits, and veggies will help you retain less water as well. A balanced diet provides you the essential nutrients needed to combat water retention and helps eliminate the causes of retention.
8: Exercise regularly
Sweat is a simple way to rid your body of excess water. Breaking a sweat regularly helps your body regulate the levels of water in your system.