Most of us have  experienced bloating related to PMS.  If you haven’t, you are extremely lucky.  I will say that depending on your birth control method, age and hormones , this can vary a great deal.  Obviously, some of these factors are out of our control.

Besides the annoyance of having a period, now we have the water retention we have to deal with once a month.    So here are a few things we can do to help reduce this.

First and foremost, reduce your salt intake.  Try to use spices instead.  I try to really avoid salt during this time.

Secondly, you should also avoid alcohol!

Thirdly, stay away from the caffeine.  Try decaffeinated!

Load up on fruits, veggies, nuts, and whole grains.

Increase your calcium to 1,200mg a day, which should be 200mg more than RDA.  If you cannot obtain that number with food, consider a calcium supplement.

Lastly, exercise it off!  Increase your cardio during these days to sweat out that water you are retaining as well as lift your moo